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Despite their small size, largemouth and smallmouth bass are undoubtedly the most popular type of fish among sports anglers. Here are the best tips and techniques to get those bad boys to strike.
Where and when do you fish for bass?
At the beginning of the season, in mid-June in the province of Quebec (the dates differ from area to area in Ontario), you will find bass in warm, calm, shallow waters. Look for gravel bottoms shielded or covered by rocks or branches that are directly exposed to the sun. In addition, search for calm fishing sites on gravel beds exposed to the sun, but at the same time protected by “structures” such as faster currents, logs, rocks, etc. This is where your future catches will be hiding.
- In Quebec: See the areas and dates where bass fishing is permitted by consulting the Government of Quebec’s website.
- In Ontario: See the areas and dates where bass fishing is permitted by visiting the Government of Ontario’s website.
Can you fish for bass in the fall?
Dreaming of perfect fishing trips and amazing catches? You will need to modify your fishing habits, as bass will adopt new strategies. Before winter, they can be found huddled in schools near riverbanks to hunt, at the mouths of streams. You can set your sights on these areas. It will also be necessary to identify the type of prey the bass will be hunting and adjust your bait accordingly.
What is the right gear to use in terms of fishing rod, reel and fishing line?
A 6-foot 6-inch rod (198 cm), with an average power and weight, is the perfect start. A spinning reel, on which a braided line will be wound, should help you to enjoy a great fishing trip. If you’d like to try out some sight fishing, we recommend wearing polarized sunglasses to protect your eyes from UV rays.
What type of lures should you use for bass fishing: Jerkbait, spinnerbait or crankbait?
To track down bass, select jerkbait lures, and opt for spinnerbaits when seabeds are covered with seaweed. A jerkbait is a type of lure that is used to attract and hook fish by making short, quick movements. Go for this lure if you’re planning on fishing in cooler, clearer water for the fish to be able to see it more easily.
Spinnerbait is a good choice for areas with more seaweed, as it spins to attract a fish’s attention, in addition to resembling a smaller fish in motion. Select this type of lure in shallower waters. And here’s a tip: opt for yellow or orange-coloured lures – bass seem to be drawn to these colours. Once you’ve located your fish, take it slow, as fish in cooler or murkier water move slowly, and this will help you catch them.
Using something like a tube or crankbait and plastic lures is recommended for when you’d like to attract bass over a large area of water. You can find crankbait lures for shallower or deeper water. This type of lure is perfect for attracting fish that eat other, smaller fish. During the summer, bass move deeper down into the water. A crankbait suited to deeper water would be great in this case.
3 tips for bass fishing
- Remember that the waterbody does not get warm in the same spots. So, early in the season, walk to your lake of choice and map out the spots where the water is warmer.
- Fishing line, plastic lures, reels or casting rods…if you’re still unsure, take a look at Cyril Chauquet’s tackle box recommendations for bass fishing and his choices for gear adapted to suit your needs.
- You’re also welcome to visit us in store for personalized advice. Our consultants will be happy to share some expert tips with you.
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