Smallmouth bass are very limited up here. You may find them in some of the smaller lakes in the area, but they are here in very small numbers on the Gullrock Chain of Lakes. Your best bet for smallmouth bass here is to fish some of the smaller area lakes. Some of the resort owners will have rowboats on some of these portage lakes with good bass fishing.
If you are coming to Red Lake or Gullrock Lake, but you really want to fish for smallmouth bass one day, you may want to fish the English River in Ear Falls or Pakwash Lake about 20 minutes south of Red Lake. A little further south is the town of Perrault Falls, which has some very good smallmouth bass fishing in Perrault Lake, Wabaskang Lake and Cedar Lake.
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.