Shawnigan Lake, BC (Smallmouth Bass)

Pete Smallmouth
Location: Shawnigan Lake, BC
GPS: N48° 38.721 W123° 38.829
Species: Smallmouth Bass

This Hotspot is a subtle point at the mouth of a long bay on British Columbia’s Shawnigan Lake. It’s more of a flat than a point, but it does have some contours which attracted us in the first place.

Since it’s only around six feet deep, almost any smallie bait in the book will work here. We used topwater baits, tube jigs, jerkbaits, and soft stick-worms, and they all worked.

When fishing an area like this, covering water is the key. Fish will roam around and not concentrate on one place too long. It’s up to you as an angler to keep the brain working and firing out lots of presentations.

Fish’n Canada aficionados might recall the time our beloved bait Mighty Mo invaded Shawnigan Lake on this episode.

Baits: Topwater, Tubes, Jerkbaits, Soft Stick-Worms
Presentation: Work lots of water here.
Water depth: Approximately 6 feet

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  1. Shawnigan Lake is a village on British Columbia’s Vancouver Island. The name Shawnigan is an adaptation of the Hunquminum name for the Shawnigan Lake, (the lake and village) is, Shaanii’us. It is part of Electoral Area B in the Cowichan Valley Regional District. As of 2016, the permanent population of Shawnigan Lake is 8,558.

    A popular recreation destination, its population typically doubles during the summer, as the lake and village are summer vacation spots for residents of Vancouver Island.

    Shawnigan Lake is located approximately 48 km (30 mi) north of Victoria, and borders the communities of Cobble Hill and Mill Bay. Several new residential developments have been built, both in the Shawnigan Lake area as well as in surrounding areas. The village of Shawnigan Lake, located on the eastern shore, contains two small general stores, three restaurants, several beaches and various small businesses including a barber, gas station, pharmacy and two coffee shops. There is a museum, run by the Shawnigan Lake Historical Society. The north-west end of the village also includes many summer cabins and a large lakeside park. The south end of the lake is largely undeveloped, discounting the lakeshore itself, with scattered farmland and numerous hiking trails.

    There are several species of fish found in Shawinigan Lake such as Rainbow Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Brook Trout, Dolly Vardin, Yellow Perch, Small Mouth Bass, Large Mouth Bass, Prickly Sculpin, Lake Whitefish, Pumpkinseed, Threespine Stickleback and Catfish.

    A fishing an Nautical chart can be found by logging on to the following website (scroll in to see the details) :

    Further information can be found here:

    You will not be disappointed.

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