Wabaskang Lake is a good smallmouth bass fishery. Anglers that target them will usually report good numbers of them with some big fish too. From spring through fall, smallmouth bass seem willing to cooperate on the stained waters here.
Fish the Bays
Some of the bays can be very good for bass early in the year. Find the rocks or wood and you’ll have a better chance to find some bass in the spring or early summer in the bays.
Fish the Deeper Shorelines
There are miles of shorelines to fish here and lots of rocks that smallmouth bass love to be around. The shorelines with access to deeper water are usually much more productive for smallmouth bass. From spring through fall, you can find some bass just by working these shorelines with better depth nearby. In summer and fall, you can still find some smallies moving up into shallower water to feed in the low light period times of the day.
Fish the Islands
There are a lot more islands on the southern end of Wabaskang Lake and these islands are great spots to target smallmouth bass in the summer and fall. The islands that have some rock and deep water nearby will usually be the best places to target smallmouth bass. The wind blown shorelines on these islands can also be very productive when the wind is blowing.
Fish the Points
You have a lot of points to fish throughout the lake. Smallmouth bass will be found around these points from spring through fall. In summer and fall, the points with rocks and deeper water close by will be the better points to fish for bass. Wind blowing into a point will usually always help to bring more fish into that area.
Fish the Rock Humps
There are plenty of offshore rock humps that offer good fishing for bass from summer through fall. You will find plenty of other species of fish on these humps as well, but if you’re targeting bass only, keep moving around until you find some of the bigger schools of bass.
Fish the Rocks
There are lots of rocks on Wabaskang Lake, so you have lots of options for finding productive bass waters here. Whether you are fishing the shorelines or offshore structure, you will find plenty of rocky areas to target smallmouth bass on Wabaskang Lake.
Fish the Weeds
This lake has a lot of weeds to fish as well. Some of the deeper weed edges will hold some bass, especially in some of the areas where you can find some weeds and rocks mixed in. The rocky bottoms are usually more productive for smallmouth bass, so even though you may find some bass around the weeds, there are usually a lot more bass to catch around the rocks.
Fish the Wind Blown Structure
The wind definitely can play a role in where some smallmouth bass will be feeding, especially in the summer and fall. The islands help provide anglers an area to get out of the waves when the wind is blowing, however, the windy side will usually be the more productive area to fish.
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.