[nggallery id=795]After Barb, our pup Mulligan and I pre-fished 3-days in “challenging” conditions which included strong winds, rain, sleet and temperatures as low as -1C, it was show-time. We met the camera crew early on both mornings starting at 6:45am at the boat docks. While it was just getting light we motored out to the deep-water humps we located with the aid of local anglers that have fished Bark Lake for the last 30-yrs., a depth contour map which I received from the MNR, and of course using our fully rigged 19′ River Hawk equipped with the 115 Yamaha, 4-stroke, Minn Kota 80 lb. thurst electric & two Humminbird sonars.
The action started rigth away as we used our Rapala Concept Ti & Shift outfits loaded with Sufix 832, 10 lb. test braid/fluorocarbon leaders casting a variety of Rapala crankbaits. We started by catching some of the smaller more aggressive fish that were feeding near the surface. In the low-light we could see smallmouth bass all around us “bustin-baitfish” on the surface in water that was 30-50′ deep! I managed to hook our largest smallmouth that measured 20″ and porobably weighed in the 5lb. range on the Rapala Dives To 7 Flat, while Barb landed her biggest fish, a 19″+ on a drop-shot rig with a VMC Spin Shot hook.
On both days the pattern was the same. The humps we were fishing were surrounded by 30-50′ of water in 150′ of water and the action was furious just after daybreak, but as the light conditions got brighter, the fish went deeper and we were forced to fish vertical jigging spoons ranging from 3/4-2oz. We lost several big fish that we hooked on the spoons in deep water which, when hooked would swim right to the surface, make a big jump, and would throw the spoons. On both days, winds would pick-up to the 20kmh mark by 11am which made boat handing and fishing challenging (Good thing we had 3-days of practice fishing in 2-3′ waves!!).
The drop-shot rig with 1/4-1 oz. weight worked well fished with 4″ TriggerX soft-plastic grubs….the Probe being one of the best!! On the second day, after catching lot’s of big bass we decided to try trolling with the Rapala RSC counter reel and trolling rod loaded with 45 lb. copper line for lake trout. Our lead was between 200-350′ which meant our lures were down 50-70′ (depending on trolling speed), in 70-150′ of water. We managed to land a nice lake trout which made a nice ending to our filming shoot. Both TV shows will be full of great action and valuable tips for anglers fishing “cold-front” conditions in late fall for trophy smallmouth bass.
Bark Lake is part of the Madawaska River (Opeongo River also flows into the Madawaska River), system flowing from Algonquin Park (15 miles away from the lake), which then flows to the Ottawa River. Bark Lake is a pristine lake virtually undeveloped since most of the shoreline is crown land. Bark Lake has depths of over 300′, it is 17-miles long and offers great fishing for smallmouth & largemouth bass, pike, walleye, lake trout, whitefish, & burbot. Lakewoods Development offers a rare opportunity to be on this beautiful lake offering an upscale residentail development that has retained the secluded nature of the lake by developing 67 lots spread over 3-miles of frontage right on Bark Lake! Each lot has 200′ of lake frontage. There will be a paved municipal road to each lot. Underground Hydro services. With many more coming amenities Lakewoods will be one of the most unique and desired waterfront developments in Ontario.
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