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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 on Eagle Lake Ontario.

The bass population at the vast 68,000-acre lake has exploded over the past 15 years. Habitat conditions are just right, and with multiple forage bases — including a fast-growing crayfish population — the clear, Canadian Shield waters of the lake boast 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 along the lake’s 400-mile shoreline and among its 490 beautiful islands.

For just these reasons, anglers come from far and wide to Andy Myers Lodge near the historic town of Vermilion Bay. You can fish these bass no matter the season. Of course, half the battle is asking the experts at the lodge where to cast your line, because roughly 80% of Eagle Lake’s habitat does not support smallmouth bass. Where the habitat is just right, the bass group together in large numbers, and in different spots depending on the season. We’ve included some tips below to get you started!

Smallmouth Bass Fishing is just perfect in Spring, Summer, and Fall

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. Spring spawn is the best time (late May to mid-June) when 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. Sometimes, several male bass will pursue a single female, so that bonus bass could turn into four or five, maybe even more!

Throughout the summer 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 bass still travel in pairs or smaller schools.

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 fishing of the season, as the bass 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 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.

Keep in mind that there is a catch-and-replace season in place from New Year’s Day until July 1st to protect vulnerable spawning fish, although most anglers practice a total C/R throughout the year. Those who have not experienced the thrill of smallmouth bass fishing will need to remember to put the bait close to the structure where you are fishing, whether it is a shady boulder, fallen tree, or a rock point near deeper water. The key is to use Light tackle or fly rod (perhaps a six to ten-pound test mono on a spinning reel with a solid working drag), and not to rush your retrieve or hook set!

For finesse fishing use plastics, drop shotting, topwaters, small cranks, and live baiting with a spinning rod of 6’6”-7’ in medium lite with a 1000-2000 size spinning reel. Combine with an 8# mono or 15-20# braid and a 10# floro leader. For power fishing, use spinner baits, bigger cranks, rattle traps, jigs/plastics, and jerk baits in cover like weeds, reeds, logs, and downed trees. Combine with a 7’ medium casting outfit with 30-40# braid and 12-15# floro leader.

You’ll need not only the right tools, like Beetle Spins, In-Line Spinners, ‘Twitched’ Floating Minnows, Rapala Skitter Prop, Heddon Zara Spook or buzz baits, but depending on the season, you will also need expert guidance on where to find these powerful and acrobatic fish. This is why Andy Myers Lodge is a premier destination for smallmouth bass fishing trips in Northwestern Canada.

Book Your Trip to Andy Myers Lodge Today!

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

We invite you to browse our Canadian fishing packages, then contact us to learn more about our availability, dates, and pricing.

Bass, Walleye & Musky Opener

Tony & Joe Puccio & The Bait Rigs Team,

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

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Walleye, Musky & Bass Week

Featuring John Gillespie & Pete Maina.

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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.

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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.

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  • 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

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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!

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  • $285.00 – $325.00 USD
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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.

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  • 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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