This Fish’n Canada episode heads back to Saskatchewan’s Boundary Dam Reservoir for some great Largemouth Bass fishing. Pete Bowman is joined by Keith Beasley from the great hunting show Canada In The Rough. Fans of Fish’n Canada will remember Pete and Keith fishing this same body of water on a previous episode. This time though they put away the Jig & Pigs with heavy line and bring out the Wacky rigged 5″ Yamamoto Senkos on light spinning gear, just to try something different.
…we could use spinning gear in the strong wind and still get the baits to the bottom quickly…
On the first show Pete and Keith travelled to the north end of the reservoir catching loads of fish in shallow weeds, reeds, scum beds and fantastic weedlines. This time they head south towards the dam end and fish a row of trees, rip rap banks, dirt cliff high banks and even a man made functional pump-house.
COVERING THE WATER
Pete says “we certainly could have used our traditional Jig and Pig set up on the south end of the lake and I believe we would have done quite well however this end was quite a bit deeper so we decided to still go with a slow presentation in a dropshot rig. This way we could use spinning gear in the strong wind and still get the baits to the bottom quickly”.
With dark coloured Senkos in hand, the boys set out and proceeded to “again” catch the heck out of Boundary Dam’s fantastic Largemouth. Pretty much everywhere they tried, they were hooked into great Bass.
THE IMPORTANCE OF WEIGHT
Weight was important for the dropshot since it was windy out and hook size was also a key “we needed to get down deep quick in the wind” said Pete “so we went with a 1/4 ounce dropshot weight and a 1/0 dropshot hook. I know this sounds like a big hook but a 5” Senko has a lot of bulk to it especially when rigged wacky. That 1/0 leaves a lot of exposed hook point for good penetration into the fish.
Areas like weed clumps near rocks were key near the dam. Weed clumps along random shorelines also held a bunch of fish “but the most unique area we fished that day” says Pete “was the Pump-house. This building is fully functional in drawing water into a series of pipes, and then using this water to cool down the generators in the nearby hydro station. The water is then drained back into the lake… nice and warm! This is why Boundary Dam Reservoir is such a good Largemouth area. A long growing season helps the fish grow big”.
As the boys fished the pump-house they caught bass in as shallow as 6-8 feet and as deep as over 20.
THE DROPSHOT SENKO WAS AN EXCELLENT CHOICE
“We even caught a double header of quality Largies in close to 25 feet of water near that Pump-house… that was sure a surprise” says Pete “I feel the dropshot Senko was an excellent choice for areas like that one”.
GETTIN’ THERE with RAM TRUCKS
To get to today’s big bass water, Keith and I flew from Toronto to the city of Regina. We then headed south east on hwy 33. Next we turned south on 35 to the town of Weyburn. We then turned south east on 39 which took us into the town of Estevan which is known as the Sunshine Capital of Saskatchewan. This busy area is booming with coal mining as the main industry while Boundary Dam Reservoir, just to the south of town, is booming with big Largemouth! This is a very unique Canadian Bass Fishing destination.