[nggallery id=762]Today I had a chance to drive up to Lake of Bay, Dorset, ON with Bill Henry who loves to fish. Our mission was to take 11-kids fishing for several hours so that they could enjoy catching smallmouth bass. The day started early and we launched our boats around 8:30am at the Dorset, ON boat launch. When we arrived at the meeting place on the lake the first thing we did was greet everyone, meet the kids and hand each one a Rapala Kids Spinning Outfit loaded with over 100-pieces of fishing tackle. Next, I did a :30 min. seminar on how to use the gear, a brief description of the senses fish have and how they use them when they are feeding or striking lures, and an overview of how we would be fishing for the day. Our choice of presentation was to use a “drop-shot” rig with a 1/4 oz. bell-sinker, #2 VMC Spin Shot hooks and live leeches.
Our two fishing boats were fully rigged with Minn Kota electric motors and Humminbird sonars equipped with hydrographic charts and GPS, which made it easy getting around the lake and finding the best fishing areas. The 18′ River Hawk had plenty of room for everyone and powered by the 115, 4-stroke Yamaha, it took us across the lake quickly and safely!
We headed to a small bay at the opposite end of the lake and looked for rocky structure that went into 60’+ of water. For those of you that may not know, Lake of Bays is big and has clear water. It is primarily a lake trout and smallmouth bass lake, so when the weather is hot and the skies are bright, it can be challenging to catch fish!!
We started fishing in 10-20′ of water and caught most of our fish near the 20′ range. As you can see from the pictures the kids had lot’s of fun, catching lot’s of fish with the biggest measuring over 18″ in length!
My thanks go out to Don Tapscott who orchestrated the days event with the kids. After fishing we all enjoyed a great barbacue by the water and than a trophy was handed-out for the largest bass….yes, it was caught by a FisherGirl!!