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Smallmouth Bass Fishing on Eagle Lake Ontario Canada

Smallmouth Bass Fishing

Smallmouth bass is a highly-prized target of top anglers because of their aggressive personality. Many claim that pound-for-pound, they’re the hardest-fighting fish in Eagle Lake. And as we know, the harder the fight, the sweeter the victory. But to be successful, you’ll need all the right tools and expert guidance, which is exactly why Andy Myer’s Lodge is the premier destination for smallmouth bass fishing trips.

When you book a smallmouth bass fishing trip at Andy Myer’s Lodge, be sure to pack your angling appetite.

The smallmouth bass population at Eagle Lake has exploded over the past 15 years. Habitat conditions are just right, and with multiple forage bases — including a fast-growing crayfish population — Eagle Lake boasts some of the largest average smallmouth bass in all of Ontario.

These “water wolverines” average 16-22”. The smaller ones weigh in at 2-3 pounds, but don’t be surprised to hook 4-5 pounders, as these fish grow to this size and bigger! Sure enough, smallmouth bass in the 6-pound plus range are boated every season.

Anglers come from far and wide to Andy Myer’s Lodge for thrilling smallmouth bass fishing trips. And best of all, you can fish these bass no matter the season. But for optimal results, read on about what to expect season-to-season.

Smallmouth Bass Fishing Season

Knowing where to cast your line is half the battle. Roughly 80% of Eagle Lake’s habitat does not support smallmouth bass. But where the habitat is just right, the bass group together in large numbers, and in different spots depending on the season.

There is a C/R season in place until July 1st to protect vulnerable spawning fish, though most anglers practice a total C/R throughout the year.

While spawning in the early season, smallmouth bass are concentrated in and around their spawning habitat of shallow bays with sand, rock rubble and a mix of weeds.

Smallmouth bass fishing in spring

During spring, the larger bass can be found together in mating pairs. So if you hook a five-pound fish, chances are another fish of similar size is nearby, ready to strike your lure or bait. And sometimes, several male bass will pursue a single female, so that bonus bass could turn into four or five, maybe even more!

Smallmouth bass fishing in summer

Throughout the summer months, the smallmouth bass fishing is good. In these warmer months, the fish scatter and forage for food near shorelines and bars with broken rocks, logs, and a mix of weeds or reeds. When they find a spot with lots of minnows and crayfish, the bass will stick around for several days or until the food is almost completely gone.

On hot, sunny days target and move accordingly to stay in shade lines, downed trees, and thicker reeds. The groups are usually looser pods of fish, but most smallmouth bass still travel in pairs or smaller schools.

Smallmouth bass fishing in fall

When the leaves start turning and the crisp, autumn air meets you at the docks, the smallmouth bass make a movement and can be found schooled up in large numbers again on shallow rock bars near the lake’s basin. There they’ll be feeding heavily to prepare for the long winter ahead.

When the water temperatures drop, bass bunch up on 12-24’ basin humps in preparation for late fall and winter. This is some of the most overlooked smallmouth bass fishing of the season, as the fish are schooled and feeding aggressively. In fact, during these peak times, it’s not unusual to see 50 to 80 catches a day, or even more, with some of the largest average size of the season.

Smallmouth Bass Fishing Pro-Tips

One of the best smallmouth bass spawning sites and early season hot-spots is right in Myer’s Bay, within sight of the dock. From the end of May through June, some of the best fishing is in bays with south and east exposure to the sun. This results in the first warming water of the season.

Look for the characteristics of a sand or mud marbled bottom, some small boulders and broken rock, drowned logs, and reeds. The beds will appear to be dish-sized areas of cleared sand and many times are near a boulder, rock, or patch of reeds. Release bass immediately in the same area and they’ll quickly return to their nest to guard it again.

Book Your Smallmouth Bass Fishing Trip Today

Rooms and packages can go fast, especially during peak season in Ontario, Canada, so make sure you book your stay with us as soon as possible.

Smallmouth Bass Tackle & Equipment

Anglers book smallmouth bass fishing trips at Andy Myer’s Lodge not just because the fish are biting, but also because we’re avid fishermen ourselves and we go out of our way to provide expert advice to all of our guests.

You’ll want to change-up your smallmouth bass bait depending on the time of the season.

Smallmouth Bass Bait

Presentations start with plastics like Texas rigged flukes as jerk baits, tubes, ring worms rigged drop shotted or on jigs, and seikos that are wacky rigged, jigs and grubs, etc., x-raps, pop-r and tiny torpedo, 3/8-1/2 oz. spinner baits. Or, if all else fails, drop shot a live leech or minnow.

 During the summer months, the bass will break for the shorelines and slow-tapering, rocky points leading to deep water and nearby humps. And now’s the time for perch-pattern jerk baits like x- raps, crawdad cranks, shad raps, jigs with grubs or crawdads, drop shotted finesse worms, and rattle traps. However, the bass will also move back into thick reed beds full of young perch and minnows. Here, weed less plastic presentations are a go-to.

In the fall you can go with jigging spoons and plastics on Carolina rigs, drop shots, and jigs which will all catch smallmouth bass, but the best presentation for these heavy-feeding fish is a big live sucker of 3-5” on a 3/8 oz. lindy/Carolina rig or a 1/8-1/4 oz. Odd Ball jig.

These recommendations will ensure your success no matter the season. But if you’ve been successful with other equipment, bait, or lures in the past, feel free to bring them along! Angler confidence is key. So no matter what you choose to fish with, make sure you bring along a little determination. And, of course, pack a camera so you can prove to all your friends back home just how big that smallmouth bass really was!

Bass, Walleye & Musky Opener

Tony & Joe Puccio & The Bait Rigs Team: July 2 - August 6

Details :

Walleye tournament pros, championship qualifier, only angler to be Sportsman of the Year, in both pro walleye circuits, tackle designer and fishing instructors.

Plan Rates :

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Walleye, Musky & Bass Week

Featuring John Gillespie & Pete Maina. August 14 - 18 & October 22 - 26

Details :

One of the nation’s most popular TV hosts will be filming the exciting TV Series Waters & Woods. John’s enthusiasm and passion for the sport are unmatched in the fishing industry!

Pete Maina is North America’s number one authority on muskie and pike fishing. He is an entrepreneur, an accomplished author, photographer, and speaker.

Plan Rates :

To learn more about the availability, dates, and pricing for these weeks, please contact us.

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Package Upgrade

PLEASE NOTE: PACKAGES 1 - 5 can be upgraded with an 18 ft. Lund Boat, New Yamaha 50HP 4 Stroke motor, locator, live well, padded swivel seats, casting deck with Bow mount trolling motor and storage compartments.

Details :

  • Single Pro-Staff Guide dates available upon request at current rate.
  • Any number of days may be pro-rated to fit your schedule and a package tailor made for you.
  • Also, kids under 5 come for free, kids under 10 get 50% off, and kids under 16 get 30% off.
  • All prices are quoted in USD.
  • Special rates available for larger groups!
  • Bring your own boat and enjoy free boat dockage, staff services, electric hookup, remote lake boat use all at no charge.

Plan Rates :

  • $325.00 USD
    Per week, per boat
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DAILY FLY-INS to one of over 28 Remote Lakes

Details :

Experience a mid-week fly-in for a change of pace and adventure. Get picked up after an early breakfast by experienced pilots and fly in a Beaver or Otter 30 to 70 miles to your own lake for the day. Lakes will have boats, motors, gas. You will be briefed and outfitted with detailed maps, and all equipment needed. You will be back in the comfort of your cabin and the lodge for supper. Walleyes, pike, bass, trout, muskies, just let us know what you want to fish for and we’ll get you there!

Plan Rates :

  • $280.00 – $325.00 USD
    per person
    (dependent on distance and # of guests flying)
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Check-In and Deposits

Saturday Check-In: 3 PM or Later 4-5 day packages: Check-In Saturday, Sunday, or Monday.

Details :

  • All prices in USD.
  • Taxes are extra, 1/2 refundable.
  • No refunds for early departures.
  • Gas and bait allocated in packages are deducted from all usage including guide dates.
  • Guests are responsible for damage to boats, motors, and equipment – optional insurance policy available.
  • $200.00 USD deposit per person, per reservation.
  • $50.00 USD deposit for Guide Dates and Fly-Ins.
  • $600.00 USD deposit per person for Hunts, $1000 USD by August 1st with the balance due upon arrival.
  • Deposits are non-refundable and may be used at a later date of the same season or transferred to new party booking of the same season. Deposit may be transferred to following year if we can rebook your previous booking.

We reserve the right to add surcharges due to dramatic increases in supply prices or exchange rates.

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MasterCard, VISA, Traveler’s Checks, Cash or
Certified Checks for final payment accepted.
(Personal Checks accepted upon prior arrangement)

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