Marten River, Ontario

Location: Marten River, Ontario
GPS: N46º 42.197′ W079º 46.155′
Species: Smallmouth Bass

This Fish’n Canada Hotspot is a shallow flat area on the Marten River system that holds roaming, feeding Smallmouth during the summer and early fall months. Try throwing fast baits like spinnerbaits in spots like these. If the weeds aren’t too thick, try a topwater bait or a jerkbait as well.

Move around in anywhere from three to six feet of water and keep casting. Eventually, a smallie should smash your bait.

Baits: Spinnerbaits, Topwaters, Jerkbaits
Presentation: Make lots of casts
Water depth: 3-6 feet

One Reply to “Marten River, Ontario”

  1. As they say in the game of Rounders, “It’s only a matter of a hard ball, weighing 2 1/2 to 3 oz. and measuring 7 1/2 in. in circumference, and a round wooden stick not more than 6 3/4 in. around at the thickest part.” – Your rod and reel not withstanding.

    Now, what we see here in the Marten River is a little more complicated, but the competition is just as intense. Logging onto just about every nautical website possible, a depth chart seems to have escaped even the experts at Navionics.

    Unfettered and undaunted as I have been in my quest, persistence has paid off in some surprisingly curious Hot Spots predictably unknown to many anglers, like the river systems shore lines. The following fishing map is included in Ontario Lakes nautical chart featuring additional fishing spots, so scroll away me Hearty’s

    Work your way “around” the shorelines. The locals suggest, the most effective presentation is a Ned Rig (The Ned rig is just a small chunk of a soft plastic stick bait threaded onto a light 1/16 to 1/4 ounce jig head). Cast them at sloping shorelines that have chunky rock and boulders. The shorelines with the absence of the rocks didn’t produce many fish, if any, so it is a fun pattern to catch on to.

    Another popular presentation that worked was brightly coloured spinnerbaits when the water is tanic (tea coloured). There are not any musky on this river system but the pike sure like to take up the offering. Work your spinner bait over the weed tops, casting on the deeper side.

    Walleye, Small Mouth Bass, Jumbo Perch, Northern Pike and Lake Trout are the species most prevalent in the Marten River water system.

    The “Rounders” aspect of Marten River, “shore” makes for some “hard rock” adventures.

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