|In this issue:
NEW ONTARIO FISHING CHAT
|Camp Raymond - Camp Raymond is situated on the picturesque northwest bay of Lake
Nipissing. A fully equipped housekeeping camp geared to both families and fishermen. We
offer many amenities to make your vacation a memorable one
|Kamp Kinniwabi - Enjoy spectacular scenery while fishing for Speckled Trout, Northern
Pike, Whitefish, Walleye, Smallmouth Bass and also Yellow Perch inhabiting some lakes.
Fall Black Bear hunts also available. (Chapleau)
|Land O'Lakes Resort - Land O' Lakes Resort is a housekeeping facility situated on the Marten
River in Ontario. Enjoy fishing walleye, northern pike, bass and lake trout. Camping,
biking and canoeing are also offered at Land O'Lakes Resort.
Resort - Enjoy this family fishing resort offering Modern
Cottages, Camping, and RV sites. Fishing the Spanish River or the North Channel of Lake
Huron offers anglers a wide variety of fishing action and beautiful scenery. Fish for
Smallmouth Bass, Walleye, Northern Pike, Perch, Crappies, Musky, Sturgeon and Catfish.
Fish the North Channel for Lake Trout, Rainbows, and Salmon
Ontario Bass Fishing
"Timely Tactics for 'Negative-Mood' Largemouth"
By Justin Hoffman
Nothing can frustrate an angler more than
targeting largemouth bass that are in a definite finicky mode. The more lures you throw at
them, the more they seem to turn up their noses and silently mock your futile efforts. If
fronts, dog days of summer or pressured fish are bringing you down, try these proven
tactics in order to put more largemouth in the boat during these "tough times."
There are a number of reasons why largemouth bass seemingly shut down
and refuse to bite any offerings that you may send their way. The number one cause of
negative-mood bass is fronts. This is a stable weather pattern that is interrupted by a
sudden temperature and barometric change. (Think 80 degree F weather for a straight week
ending with a dip into the low 60's.) Another reason may be severe heat that causes bass
to seek cooler water and shade for comfort. Finally there is the case of pressured fish
that have seen every conceivable lure thrown at them and become conditioned to let every
single one of them pass it by. (This can often happen on "popular" lakes or
during tournament days.) Recognizing the fact that one of these conditions is affecting
the fish on your body of water will enable you to adjust your patterns and lures
Rule #1: S-l-o-w D-o-w-n
Fish that are in a negative mood are not willing to chase down
a fast-moving presentation in order to feed. These fish are downright lazy, and can only
be coaxed into hitting a bait that is fished ultra slow. A rule of thumb I use when facing
these conditions is to at least double my retrieve time for each cast. This is at the bare
minimum and may change to as much as quadruple the amount of time depending on how finicky
the fish really are.
Negative fish have an extremely small strike zone in comparison to
actively feeding bass. Keeping your bait in this strike zone and for longer periods will
be your key to increasing your hookups. Many times this zone may be only inches out from a
fish, therefore, slowing down your bait will ensure that you remain in this small window
of opportunity for the greatest amount of time.
Rule #2: Downsize Your Bait
Big crankbaits, large worms or bulky flipping jigs hold no interest for a
negative-mood bass. They will continually turn their noses up at these offerings, but they
can be coaxed by a smaller version of the same lure. Small tube jigs, mini cranks and
light flipping jigs have all accounted for many finicky bass over the years, and continue
to be my top three choices when it comes to "seducing" largemouth bass. A
smaller offering will seem less threatening to a bass, and will appear much more natural
and edible to these weary fish. (A well-presented "Itsy-Bitsy Bug" or a
"Three-Inch Tube" represents an after dinner mint when slowly pulled by these