On this episode Pete Bowman teams up with Captain John Blanchard as they head to a Smallmouth Bass Mecca in Northern Ontario. They fish 3 very distinct locations with one goal in mind… catching lots of Smallies. Everything from topwater to dropshot baits are employed in this dog days of summer episode.
“Today’s Fish’n Canada show is what I call a Smallmouth Bass adventure” says Pete. “We’re fishing at a Waterfalls Lodge in the Algoma Region of Ontario. Their list of gamefish consists of northern pike, walleye and lake trout however their main species is the Smallmouth Bass and it has multiple locations to fish for them. We are going to concentrated on 3 distinctly different areas.”
You may remember John Blanchard was featured on last year’s “Next Big Thing” episode which transcended into this years first episode. John has fished with both Angelo and Pete on previous shows, for Walleye and late fall Smallmouth respectively. When Pete asked John if he wanted to come along for this shoot John immediately jumped at the opportunity.
The timing for this shoot took place during a brutal heatwave in southern Ontario and with that said, it was down to the grind, Summer Heat tactics for those Algoma District Smallies.
“We we’re hoping to find fish in deeper water of the main lake by using our electronics “says Pete, “If they are deep, Smallies usually school up and getting more than one fish is possible”.
BUT as luck would have it, that wasn’t the case… no deep-water groups of fish to be found… so… it was the good “ol’ school” method of casting & reeling, covering as much water as possible.
As the day progressed Pete and John managed loads of Smallmouth but only the odd good one. The decison to hit some main lake points as well as any structure and cover in between… was a good one. Believe it or not, out on a single log in almost 30 feet of water, a gorgeous Smallmouth rocketed up to engulf a topwater bait… one of the biggest thrills in Bass fishing.
Destination 2 of the boys Waterfalls Lodge Smallie adventure took them in a totally different direction. They mounted a couple of ATV’s and set out for one of the Lodges secret Smallmouth Bass lakes.
“I love these little back lakes that are really hard to access” says Pete “there’s always the thought of casting where no other bait has dropped and giant fish waiting to smash a bait”!
Pete “This is one of the best little “side trips” I have had in a long time at a lodge and is definitely something I would highly recommend but remember to book early as they only allow a couple boats on the lake at one time”
Pete and John’s final fishing destination at Waterfalls Lodge was Denvic Lake. This lake is part of the system that the lodge has access to but you will have to travel a very short distance to access this beautiful little body of water. This is also where the name Waterfalls Lodge came from and indeed there were Smallies right adjacent to the falls. The water is gin clear here so sight fishing is an option.
This lake is small enough that if you have a trolling motor on the bow of your boat, you can cover most of the shoreline in a single day. Main lake points and rock banks that dropped off quickly were the ticket here while the bait of choice was a 4″ Yamamoto Shad Shape Worm on a dropshot rig. Natural colours seemed best.
In closing this is an amazing trio of Smallie waters… tons of fish in each area and the spectacular drive-to scenery that the Fish’n Canada crew has become accustomed to up in Algoma country!