Welcome To Our Smallmouth Bass
Famously known as an explosive fighter the Smallmouth Bass inhabits most of the waters in Ontario. Typically found in clearer water than its brother the Largemouth, the 'smalley' will often inhabit still and moving water.
Extremely picky about its surroundings the smallmouth likes clear unpolluted water and is very picky. Most commonly found in the north they still inhabit southern areas in certain spots. In addition to natural populations, the smallmouth bass is stocked in cool rivers and lakes throughout Ontario.
Like the largemouth, 'smallies' can be landed in a variety of of different ways including spin casting, bait casting, live bait, soft plastics, inline spinners, spinnerbaits and crankbaits. You will typically encounter the smallmouth in rocky areas with gravel runout as well as in cold clear water shaded by rocks or tree structure.
Average size is 1 to 2 pounds with the Ontario record at 9.8lbs.
Where to Find Them - Commonly found in thousands of lakes, creeks, ponds and river systems the smallmouth bass are found in abundance thoughout the moderate waters . Unlike its cousin the largemouth bass the smallmouth are more abundant in open water areas and are known for their scrappy fighting action.
What Works - Popular lures and techniques are also sonewhat similar to the largemouth. Soft plastic lures such as tubes, powerworms and grubs are extremely effective and even inline spinners will produce active smallies. Spinnerbaits of various sizes and colours are another favorite among many anglers.
Technique and Tackle - A variety of techniques will work for smallies in most of the waters. Flipping and twitching just through shallow cover, under docks, wooden structure and rocky areas are sure to produce many explosive strikes.
Burning a classic spinnerbait through a variety of depths is also a very effective technique. Be sure to adjust the weight and blade style of your spinnerbait to reflect the depth of water. Other popular smallie lures are crankbaits, texas or carolina rigged softplastics and a variety of jigs.
A large combination of tackle can be used on for Smallmouth fishing in Canada the most popular being spinning reels and 6-7 foot rod combos. Coupled with 10-18lb mono line or a variety of superlines you are in for some serious action Ontario Smallmouth Fishing.