Largemouth bass are secondary here, however, there are anglers here every year who catch some nice largemouth bass. Some anglers specifically target them in the big Kenora fishing tournament that is held here every year. If you fish the shorelines, weedy bays and docks, your odds of catching more largemouth bass will go up immensely. If you fish off the shorelines, you’re not going to find very many largemouth bass if any.
Most anglers will catch largemouth bass while fishing for northern pike in the areas with vegetation. Don’t plan on consistently catching a bunch of them throughout the lake though. This is smallmouth bass country.
Fishing the Bays
There are so many bays in the Kenora area. Some of these bays will have some good weed growth and others will not. This area is definitely home to an incredible smallmouth bass fishery and there are a lot more smallmouth bass here than largemouth bass. However, if you are going to target largemouth bass here, fish the bays that have some good weed growth and you’ll have better success. You may also find plenty of largemouth bass up shallow here as they try to stay away from the many northern pike that are found here as well.
Fishing the Shorelines
Because largemouth bass like to hang out in many of the same areas as northern pike, you can find a lot of largemouth bass up closer to the shorelines. You may find largemouth bass in the bays, but you can also find some of these fish along the rocky shorelines as well in just a few feet of water. You will most likely run into more smallmouth bass than largemouth bass though if you are fishing rocky shorelines.
Fishing the Weeds
The weeds attract lots of pike and some areas will have plenty of largemouth bass here too. If you’re looking to target largemouth bass, finding the weeds is a good place to start.
Best Baits for Largemouth Bass
Largemouth bass will eat so many different baits and there are so many different lures that are made for catching these fish. Anglers have more options than they really need, but since we have all these options, it’s nice to know about the different baits that are available.
Minnows, nightcrawlers and leeches are definitely the best live baits for largemouth bass. When it comes to artificial lures, you have so many options. Soft plastic worms, lizards, crayfish baits and minnows work great. Hard baits such as crankbaits, topwater lures, spinnerbaits, jigs and jerkbaits are also all awesome choices for largemouth bass.
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There are so many different rigs for largemouth bass. While you definitely don’t need to use all of them to consistently catch bass, it is important to learn how some of the rigs will help you fish certain areas or certain baits in a way to catch more fish. Most good bass anglers will use several different rigs in a variety of situations to consistently catch quality largemouth bass.
There are many different techniques that are used for largemouth bass fishing. Casting a variety of baits to cover water is most popular, however, flipping & pitching is one of the best ways to catch bass around shallow water cover.
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Our largemouth bass fishing section has tons of tips on the best lures, live baits, where to catch them and how to catch them.