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I hope you’re all having a great summer so far (aside from the touch of RAIN every so often). I actually haven’t done a bunch of Bassin’ so far but it has been fun. Mike Miller and I fished a Bassmania tournament on Simcoe on opening weekend and had a great day except for of course the RAIN! The game plan went well. We started in a few spots I found for our limit of 4+ pounders and then made the big run for a couple of big fish Mike had located. We actually caught one of the 2 and that fish made a big difference in our outcome (4th place).

Our next Bass excursion was to Hastie Lake for a Fish’n Canada shoot. Again Hastie didn’t disappoint. Ang did a fantastic show on this crazy new topwater bait he discovered (looks exactly like a little white mouse) while Mike and I did a post spawn show concentrating on fish moving off of the shallows and into that 1st break area. Of course both episodes shooting were somewhat interrupted by a bit of RAIN! For more info on Hastie Lake go

I recently had the pleasure of fishing a small lake that I was told about by a new buddy of ours Shawn at Rama and what he told me was totally right… this is one awesome lake. I had some research to do in that the lake is mostly owned by Americans with private property surrounding it but there is a public access trail and that’s how I got there. I loaded my canoe on the truck and make the trek to the lake. I caught around a dozen Bass of both species with my best 5 Largemouth being 3.5, 3.75, 3.75, 4+ & 5lb 6oz. That’s a pretty good day out of a canoe… and I didn’t get there until after 2 in the afternoon. By the way, all but one of those big ones were caught on a topwater bait. It did RAIN but I really didn’t care. Thanks for the info Shawn!!!

My family and I just returned from camping at Charleston Lake near Gananoque. We had a great trip except of course for the RAIN (we bailed a day early because of it)! The fishing was good; nothing big but lots of fun. I found most of my Largemouth up shallow on Jigs and Senkos. I brought a bunch of kids out (including mine) and we had a hoot. Kelsey (a friend of the family) caught a nice Largemouth near the dam at the south end of the lake. It’s great to see kids freak out when they get a fish (and really freak out when they have to touch them!!!)

I took one day and ventured away from the park to Gananoque Lake. Man what a gorgeous little body of water! Again I didn’t beat the fish up but I did get a taste of this beautiful part of the country. I did the typical shallow water search for Largemouth but I really think that lake has a deep weed bite that could be killer!!!  Almost all the shorelines come out with beautiful weeds and grow out to well over 10 feet deep (some much deeper). My best fish (close to 4 pounds) came from a deep weedline. There is a great boat launch at Griffins Lakeside Cottages on Gananoque Lake Rd.

As far as the shallows were concerned, I found that most of the docks were ridden with Rock Bass. That being the case, try a Jig & Pig, a soft stick bait just gets pummelled by the Rockys. The problem with the jig though is the thick weeds right up to the docks.
The Hotspot for August is from this lake. It’s a little break area that is loaded with panfish and bass. I really feel with some effort that this lake could be a Bluegill/Pumpkinseed Killer. I caught lots of nice ones at this hotspot and a couple of other deep areas.

Thanks for reading and catch lots of fish for the remainder of the summer…

Pete Bowman

Pete, one of the most revered and popular anglers in the nation, has a tremendous love for the game… the fishing game. Pete’s vast knowledge of angling and ability to articulate it to audiences worldwide has endeared him to his fans who still see Pete as just “ONE OF THE BOYS”. Pete is also an accomplished and published outdoor writer and photographer as well as a sought-after speaker. In 2012 another of Pete’s ultimate fishing career highlights occurred when he was inducted into the Canadian Angler Hall Of Fame, something he never thought would happen. A Canadian fishing icon.

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