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.
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