[nggallery id=793]My wife Barbara and I drove up last Fri., to Bark Lake, Barry’s Bay, ON to pre-fish and locate fish that we would show viewers when we film later this week. This was our first trip to this clear, deep and large lake that is home to trophy smallmoth bass, walleye, lake trout and pike. The only problem is that for the last week or so, the weather has been awefull. Strong winds, rain and dropping temperatures have created very tough fishing conditions. So much so that even the die-hard local anglers have been staying off the lake!
We started of battling winds and catching trophy smallmoth bass in 30-49′ of water using the Rapala Tail Dancer #11 and 3/4 & 1 oz. vertical jigging spoons. Trying to keep us on top of the fish was made a little easier with our Minn Kota Terrova 80lb. thrust electric, but the trick was keeping the electric in the water and maintaining my balance in addition to concentrating on catching fish!
We used the Rapala Shift and Concept Ti rods matched with Shift reel and loaded with Sufix 832 braid and fluorocarbon leaders.
We marked all our fish on the Humminbird 800 series sonar and than positioned our 18′ River Hawk powered by a 115 hp. Yamaha 4-stroke outboard right on top of them.
Even the walleye are deep ranging 60-75′ down. We caught our first one this morning vertical jiggin in 69′ of water! Barbara landed a nice lake trout off our Rapala RSC trolling rod & counter reel loaded with 45 lb. Copper Wire and trolling an Original #11 Rapala about 60′ down in 80-100′ of water.
By the way, if you are looking for an excellent wilderness retreat that is easy to get to in a beautiful community setting, check out Lakewoods on Bark Lake, ON.
Tomorrow we will be exploring a few more areas before the camera crew arrives.