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Big Smallmouth Bass action in Lake Erie and Upper Niagara River, ON.

Posted on August 1st, 2012

[nggallery id=761]I had the pleasure again to fish with Ed Zynomirski from Echo Canada, Ajay Rajput & Rob McGill both with Exmark Canda, Bill Deba, host of our Lumberjack’s series, his son Mitchell and Ed’s son Joshua.  We fished from two seperate boats, but stuck together and fishing within talking distance for most of the day. 

Since winds were calm this morning we launched at Fort Erie, ON and headed right out to the Canadian side of Lake Erie.  We started by fishing a reef that sticks out to 30′ of water, dirctly north of  Waverly Shoal.  It took us about 1/2 hr. to figure out which part of the reef the fish were on, but when we found them the action was steady.

To start things off Ed landed a trophy sheepshead, than Rob hooked in to a big channel catfish.  After that it was one smallmouth bass after the other.  We fished Lake Erie until about 11:30am, and once the wind picked-up we headed into the Upper Niagara River detouring to parck on the beach in front of Southside Bar & Grill where we enjoyed a great shorelunch right at our boats.

From there we headed north on the Niagara River and started drifting the Canadian side of Grand Island in water depth of 14-24′.  Throughout the day our most productive technique was to bottom-bounce 4″ Goby colored tubes rigged with 3/8 oz. tube jighead equipped with rattlers.  To get the best presentation we used the Sufix 832, 10 lb. test braid.  All of us were using the Rapala line of rods and reels that included the Shift, TS2, Concept Ti, & Griffin outfits.

We all fished comfortably out of our brand new 18′ River Hawk equipped with a 115 hp., 4-stroke Yamaha motor, a Minn Kota Terrova Auto Pilot electric and two Humminbird sonars. Above are just a few shots of the many fish we caught and the great day we had on the water.

Tomorrow it’s of to Lake of Bays to fish with kids and catch smallmouth bass using drop-shot rigs!

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