Southern Ontario reservoir Smallmouth Bass.

Posted on October 27th, 2021

Colder nights and dropping water temps are turning many of southern Ontario reservoirs Smallmouth Bass into feeding frenzies!

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Water level drops don’t bother shoreline feeding Smallmouth Bass.

Some of the best reservoirs have public access and good launch facilities in both the Hamilton and Grand River Conservation Authorities.

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Gabor smiling as he holds up a “tiger-stripe” fall Smallmouth Bass.

Gabor Horvat who loves to fish smaller reservoirs is enjoying the seasons best Smallmouth Bass fishing just casting crankbaits along shorelines.

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Many anglers catch some of the largest Smallmouth Bass of the season as late as the end of November.

Many reservoirs lover their water levels in the fall which can make launching boats challenging. Some also remove the shoreline docks near the boat launches but either is stopping dedicated anglers from getting out.

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Fall Smallmouth Bass are chunky and full of energy.

Gabor and his friends have been getting all of their bass cranking medium-diving crankbaits that have a tight, natural swimming baitfish action in 2-10′ water.

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It’s common to land fall Smallmouth Bass averaging 3-5 lb.

Fall Smallmouth Bass feed heavily before water temperatures start to approach 4C. Most are beautifully colored and have plump bellies.

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Rapala Shad Raps in the “live” series and sizes #5 & #7 work extremely well cranked along shorelines for fall feeding Smallmouth Bass.

One of the top crankbaits to use in the fall is either the Shad Rap #5 or #7 in natural baitfish or perch color. A slow and steady retrieve is best.

Make sure to check the fishing videos on our Italo Labignan YouTube channel and if you have any questions just email them to me at Ask Italo throughout our www.canadian-sportfishing.com website.

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