How can I catch smallmouth bass in Ontario, Canada?

I need some tips for catching smallmouth bass in Ontario Canada. Things are different up here, and I can’t catch them. Can you help?

As you know, I try to answer all questions and queries that are sent my way, no matter what their nature. I was recently asked “I need some tips for catching smallmouth bass in Ontario Canada. Things are different up here, and I can’t catch them. Can you help?”. Well, yes I can but patience will be the key to this problem. Smallmouth bass are not easy to catch, but it is not the fish that change from place to place but the environment. It is important to clear this point up before we start because thinking otherwise could put you off your technique and diminish your confidence when out fishing. You may have more difficulty when bass fishing in Ontario becausethe climate is completely different to that found in Florida or Texas, which are two of the other big bass fishing areas in North America. The waters are generally colder and this will affect the bass because they are cold blooded creature. Bass fishing in winter is incredibly difficult because the bass move very little when their blood cools to the temperature of the water around them. You have to entice them if you want to achieve a little success. Try using different lures and bait. A buzzbait may be a good idea because the vibrations will attarct the bass. Yo could also deep fish or even try bed fishing, but leaving the bait in one place for a period of time will often work becausethe bass can focus on it and be sure that it will not go anywhere before they move in on it. Try one techniue for at least an hour efore moving on to another because constant changes will alert the bass that something is wrong and they will hide from you for the rest of the day!


Dan Eggertsen is a fellow bass fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on bass fishing since 2004.

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