Hi Italo, big fan. I was just wondering, i have a cottage in the Haliburton area and was wondering what lures i should use for small and largemouth bass. My friends and i host a little fishing tournament every year and id like to win for once this year. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

Posted on October 22nd, 2016

Hi James, thank you for your kind words. Time of year can be important in deciding what presentations will work best. Most Haliburton lakes are colder, and have clearer water often having a mix of trout , smallmouth & largemouth bass.

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Mid-summer, which is a great time to take advantage of warm weather and good fishing would  be the best time to stage your event. At that time you can get them “twitching” along the shorelines with lures like the Rapala  Husky Jerk or Shadow Rap, casting crankbaits to shorlines like the Rapala Dives To Thug, or fishing the first structure break in 10-20′ depths fishing a “finesse” presentation like dragging a 4″ tube/1/4 oz jig along the bottom, using a drop-shot rig with a 4″ soft-plastic, or even fishing a wacky-worm rig especially over a very specific structure like the end of a point, a rock-pile, over a reef or bar. Also gently jigging a 3-4″ plastic swim-bait with or without a paddle tail like the Lunker City soft platics on a jig will work well. If there are any weeds in the lake, those areas should also attract feeding bass early and late in the day. For some of the larger largemouth bass definitely fish a 6-7″ purple plastic worm or 3/8 oz. flippin’jig/trailer around any trees that have fallen into the water and especially boat docks and moored boats that are not in use in shallower bays. Those can be real magnets for hawg largemouth in the middle of the day.

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