Today we started out early, just as it got light. Winds were low and we travelled south-east to an area known as Warren’s Bay. This part of Nipissing’s west-arm is mottled with rocky points, sunken islands and amazing up-and-down structure and to navigate properly it’s crucial to have a reliable sonar with a hydrographic char. We relied on our Humminbird 1100 series!
We started fishing a mix of weedlines that ended in 5-8′ of water at the edge of marshy creek mouths. Our strategy was to cast for active cruising largemouth bass that would strike crankbaits out from the thick bullrushes and lily pad patches. Our strategy paid off and we immediately started catching largemouth up to 5 lb.
This is what the inside of the windshield looked like as we quickly changed Rapala crankbaits to find the right color and running depth. They ranged from Rapala Tail Dancer, Arashi Shallow Crank & Arashi Flat series, & Dives To 4 & 7 Flat.
Sept./Oct., is prime time to fish frog imitations in and around shorelines with lush weed growth. In the fall, leopard frogs feed heavily on insects and are very active along the waters edge, often swimming out inbetween lilly pads and mats of weeds where they fall prey to prowling largemouth bass!
We were also rigged to cast for trophy musky, but were so busy having fun catching trophy largemouth bass and some smallmouth bass that we had little time to fish the open-water humps and weed-saddles….lucky for the musky!
Besides catching lot’s of fish, we really enjoyed the fall colors and hospitality of Regan & Goldie Thompson, the owners and their lovable dog, “Barney”! If you love to catch fish from an easy 4hr. drive from the GTA where you feel like you are on a remote lake with endless fishing opportunities for large and smallmouth bass, pike, walleye and trophy musky, I would encourage you to book a fishing get-a-way at Mashkinonge Lodge, ON!