The 1000 Islands area is home to some very good largemouth bass fishing. These fish are secondary compared to smallmouth bass, but there are still a lot of largemouths in the St. Lawrence River. You will usually find largemouth bass throughout the bays and around the docks out of the main river current.
Fish the Bays
There are so many bays to fish off the main river shorelines and with all of the islands here, you will find a lot of smaller bays tucked into the islands as well. Vegetation is key for finding a lot of these largemouth bass in the bays.
Fish the Docks
Parts of the St. Lawrence River will have lots of docks to fish and you can find largemouth bass holding around the docks from spring through fall. The late spring / early summer is the best time of year to target largemouth around the docks, but these spots are worth fishing spring, summer and fall.
Fish the Islands
The islands offer some great shorelines to fish, whether it is a little bay or just a shoreline tucked away from the main river current. Rocks, weeds and docks will all hold some largemouth bass around the islands.
Fish the Rocks
The rocks are going to hold a lot of smallmouth bass, but you will find largemouth around the rocks too. The areas that have some rock out of the current will usually give you a better chance to find some largemouth bass.
Fish the Shorelines
Largemouth bass love roaming the shorelines and there are so many awesome fishing spots along the shorelines in this area. You have so many docks to fish to go along with weeds, rocks and wood.
Fish the Weeds
If you want to find a lot of largemouth bass, target the weeds here. You’re going to find a lot more smallmouth bass around the rocky bottoms. The weeds will hold largemouth bass from spring through fall.
Fish the Wood
There is plenty of wood to fish here along the shorelines as well. You can target the wood and you will catch a lot of largemouth bass. You will also catch a lot of smallmouth bass while targeting the wood, so don’t be surprised when you’re getting bit by both species of fish with this pattern.
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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