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The Ups And Downs of Smallmouth

Bass Fishing In Canada

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Canada provides some of the world's best fishing. The summer season opens in March and ends late in July. Many anglers head for the variety of fish found within Canada's border.

The lakes, ponds, streams, and rivers provide perfect habitats for an ample amount of fish, and this diversity provides a variety of challenges for any fisherman. The geographical diversity found in Canada also offers saltwater fishing, ice fishing, and fly-fishing opportunities.

Smallmouth bass is a widespread species found from Ontario, Canada’s Great Lakes shoals to scenic, glacial lakes of the Canadian Shield and in thousands of rivers, creeks, and lakes in between.

Smallmouth bass is often-discussed. Nearly every fishing magazine contains a story where the writer extolled this fish as a hard-hitting, scrappy-fighting, aerial acrobat of the sunfish family. Those who have experienced smallmouth angling know that this praise is justified.

Little wonder should exist that there has been in recent years renewed interest in fishing for this species. Smallmouth, although plentiful only in places with preferred habitats, are distributed throughout the state. Many anglers need to travel only a short distance for a chance to fish for this fierce fighter of the black bass family.

Smallmouth bass is most often bronze to brownish green in color, with dark vertical bars on the sides. In contrast to the Largemouth bass, the upper jaw does not extend beyond the rear margin of the eye. Its Eye is reddish and has a shallow notch in the dorsal fin. The soft dorsal fin has 13 to 15 rays. These species prefer to stay in rocky habitats in streams and lakes with clear waters.

In streams, these creatures fed on minnows and crayfish, while in lakes, they consumed shad and crayfish.

Smallmouth bass also inhabits a wide range of water - there are "deep" and "shallow" bass, and they are schooling fish - meaning if you catch one, there's a good chance there are several others in the area. Bass generally stick close to the bottom or near structures like humps and saddles. As ambush predators, bass need cover to feed successfully, so casting accuracy and presentation are crucial when fishing.

Over the years, many anglers and clients have expressed frustration at trying to catch smallmouth bass over the years. Legends and masters do exist in bass fishing. Ones are everyday men in every way, but when they are on the water with a bass casting rod, they transform and transcend their ordinary existence.

And according to these experts, to catch smallmouth bass in streams, cast upstream and let the bait drift into pools and behind objects that break the current, such as boulders and snags when fishing with hellgrammites, crayfish, or some other live bait weighted with split shot. Anglers fishing from a boat also may anchor upstream from boulders and other smallmouth hangouts. Cast downstream and let the current hold the bait where it is likely to attract a smallmouth from this position.

In making live bait from boats, drop anchor over a smallmouth structure and lower crayfish and minnows straight down to the bass. The more legal lines you have in the water, the better. Although smallmouths lie directly beneath the boat, it may take several minutes before they respond. When one bass does take the bait, the ensuing battle rouses bass nearby into action. Get fresh bait back into the water as soon as possible after landing a bass to keep the feeding frenzy going.

The effective lures for smallmouth are those that resemble minnows, plastic worms, and streamer flies, while live baits include minnows, hellgrammites, and crayfish. Drop anchor over a smallmouth structure and lower crayfish straight down to the bass.

As you clock more and more bass-fishing hours, you will acquire a knack for choosing the right lure and technique for the right situation. The best advice is to examine the fishing conditions, ask for guidance from anglers familiar with the waters you are fishing, and, finally, to try many different lures and bass-fishing techniques until you discover what works most effectively.

Locating and catching smallmouth is a real challenge. That is why it is so much fun. Of course, we all enjoy fishing because of the fun and camaraderie we experience with our friends and family. Some of the best fishing stories have nothing to do with how many fish were caught or what bait or technique was used.







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