Smallmouth Bass fishing is excellent in this area with all of the points, islands, bays and reefs that you can fish. This part of Canada has plenty of rocky bottoms, which is great for smallmouth bass. Anglers that target smallies will usually do very well for them, especially in the spring and early summer when they can be found along the rocky shorelines. In summer and fall, fish deeper for them on the drop-offs near points, islands and along the reefs and you should be able to catch a lot of bass in the 2 to 3 pound range with some fish up to 5 pounds.
Catch Lots of Smallmouth Bass
Just a short boat ride away you will have access to so many islands and they seem to keep going on forever here. All of these islands, points and rocky shorelines will hold so many smallmouth bass that you can easily target them from spring through fall and end up with some impressive numbers of bass. It is possible to have 50 to 100 bass days if you target them and hit enough quality spots each day. In many of these areas, you will catch a few bass, so you may have to hit 30 or more quality spots to have one of these awesome days, but the opportunity is here if you want it.
Catch Big Smallmouth Bass
You will catch a lot of bass in this area, but plenty of big bass are here too. Anglers catch a lot of bass in the 3 to 4 pound range with bigger fish available too.
Sabaskong Bay is a large bay that really fishes more like a large lake. In this bay, you have everything you could want for targeting smallmouth bass. There are tons of smaller bays that are great for the spring and early summer. You have points, islands, rocky shorelines, open water reefs and you can get out of the wind and find somewhere to fish on windy days. You can find somewhere to fish for smallmouth bass all season long.
Fishing the Bays
There are so many smaller bays within Sabaskong Bay, bigger bays along the main lake shoreline as well as big and small bays on some of the huge islands in this part of the lake. Early in the year, you can go into the bays, find a rocky shoreline and there is a good chance you will start catching smallmouth bass. The bays are better early in the year, however, some of these bays are so big that they will fish like smaller lakes, so you can find bass there from spring through fall.
Fishing the Drop-offs
With all of the islands, you have so many awesome spots to target smallmouth bass on the drop-offs. Deep shorelines and points are also good spots to fish the drop-offs. From summer through fall, you will find a lot of smallmouth bass in these spots.
Fishing the Points
The points will hold some smallmouth bass from spring through fall. You have some larger points and tons of smaller points. You can go from point to point when the bite is going good on the points and you should be able to pick up a couple fish on most of the better points. With a decent-sized boat, you can easily hit 20 to 30 points if you feel the need to run and gun.
Fishing the Islands
There are so many islands here that you could spend a summer here and only fish a small percentage of them. You can find some bass around these islands from spring through fall, however, the better bite will usually be around the deeper water off these islands in the summer and fall.
Fishing the Reefs
This part of the lake has plenty of reefs to fish as well. Anglers will find plenty of bass on these reefs in the summer and fall. Fish the drop-offs around these reefs and you should catch some nice bass in these spots.
Fishing the Rocks
You will find tons of rocks in this area along the shorelines, around the islands and on the offshore reefs. You won’t have to go too far to find lots of rocky areas that smallmouth bass like to roam.
Fishing the Weeds
There is plenty of weed growth in this part of the lake, so if you’re willing to move around a bit and fish the vegetation, you can do that. Anglers will catch a lot more pike around the weeds, but some of the areas will have some vegetation and rocks. These spots will usually hold some nice smallmouth bass too.
Best Baits for Smallmouth Bass
When it comes to artificial lures, you have lots of options. Soft plastic crayfish, twin tail grubs, worms and minnow baits are very effective. Hard baits such as crankbaits, jerkbaits and spinners also work great.
With so many different soft plastics to use, you have so many different rigs that work great for smallmouth bass. The drop shot rig, a simple jighead, standup jigheads and scrounger jigheads are some of the best rigs for smallmouth bass. To see our full list, take a look at our best rigs for smallmouth bass page.
There are so many different techniques you can use for smallmouth bass since they can be found shallow, deep and anywhere in between. Anglers usually cast for them, but jigging, drop shotting and drifting are also some great techniques for smallmouth bass.
To learn more, take a look at our best techniques for smallmouth bass page.
Our smallmouth bass fishing section has tons of tips on the best lures, live baits, where to catch them and how to catch them.