Because so many anglers come to Canada for the northern pike, muskie and walleye, the smallmouth bass often get overlooked. While many anglers catch plenty of smallmouth bass when they are fishing for walleye and pike, most anglers don’t target them exclusively. This provides the bass anglers some awesome opportunities. Whether you head to Ontario’s most popular lakes of Lake of the Woods, Lac Seul and Eagle Lake or you choose to fish one of the many other lakes in Canada, you should have a great chance of catching a trophy smallmouth bass if you know how to fish for them.
Best Drive-To Smallmouth Bass Destinations in Canada
Lake of the Woods (Canada) – Rating 10.0
The Canadian side of Lake of the Woods has some fantastic smallmouth bass fishing available. Anglers fish for them in Kenora, Morson, Sioux Narrows and in Nestor Falls. The spring and early summer bite is fantastic and there are so many awesome-looking smallmouth bass spots up here to fish that you’ll wish you had enough time to fish them all. The Canadian part of lake of the woods has a lot more rocky bottoms to go along with tons of islands, points and bays that provide some unbelievable smallmouth bass fishing. Anglers report 30 to 50 bass days all the time up here with lots of bass in the 2 to 3 pound range and some pushing 5 pounds.
Rainy Lake (MN & Canada) – Rating 9.5
The smallmouth bass fishing is excellent on Rainy Lake. It is one of Minnesota’s best smallmouth bass fishing lakes and the fishing is even better on the Canadian side of the lake. The spring and early summer bite along the shorelines can provide 30 to 50 bass days with several fish in the 3 to 4 pound range. It’s all timing though, if you get here too early or too late, you may have to find the bass in deeper water. Time it right and you’ll have some awesome shallow water fishing opportunities. When the bass go deep here, fish the reefs or you can really struggle for smallies by fishing the shorelines.
Lake Erie (Ohio, MI, NY & Canada) – Rating 9.5
Lake Erie is one of the best smallmouth bass lakes on the planet. The only problem is that there isn’t too much shelter on this lake to get out of the wind. If you plan a trip here, make sure you have a big enough boat and don’t be shocked if you lose a day or two due to high winds. If you can get some good weather though, smallmouth bass in the 4 to 7 pound range are pretty normal on Lake Erie and if you find one of the larger schools of smallmouths, you may catch 50 or more bass.
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