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Largemouth Bass on minnows from boat

Largemouth Bass

Date: August 9, 2016
Temperature: 28°C
Water depth: 4-9ft
Location: Shadow Lake, Ontario
Bait used: Minnows

I came back to the same spot on Shadow lake as last time on August 2 on a cooler day to see if the bites improved.  The area was filled with Largemouths and you can even see them checking out the minnow in the video.  But they were there only for an hour and I managed to catch 2 and 1 not in video came off the hook.  I don’t know if they got spooked by the fish I caught or they got a fill of the little fish that were abundant in the area.  I moved to check other areas but had no bites at other locations as well.

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Northern Pike on Shadow Lake, Ontario

Northern Pike

Date: August 2, 2016
Temperature: 34°C
Water depth: 4-9ft
Location: Shadow Lake, Ontario
Bait used: Minnows

Unfortunately this Northern decided to take the bait right when the battery in the camera died so there is no fight footage.  You will have to take my word that this guy was a fighter and fought like bass, jumping out of water and shaking head.  That was the only fish I caught that day and after talking to some other fishermen fishing on boats I was lucky to get it because everyone complained of a very slow day.  The weather that day was a real scorcher and I fished for only 3 hours.

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Largemouth Bass on minnows from a small boat.

Largemouth Bass

Date: July 7, 2016
Temperature: 26°C
Water depth: 6ft
Location: Shadow Lake/Gull River, Ontario
Bait used: Live minnows – Chubs and Suckers 4-5in

On that date the thunderstorm passed by the area at night but the day was decent.  Early morning dark clouds in the sky looked like they will bring rain or even thunderstorm but they cleared up.  Unfortunately it affected fishing and only small Largemouths were biting.  I caught 3 small ones, but only 2 are in the video. First, I started fishing on Shadow Lake and that’s where I got the first bass not in the video.  Later, around 11am, I moved into river and there I caught the 2 which are on the video. I was trying to catch Northern Pike but they just weren’t biting. Oh well.  That’s fishing.  I’ll be back on another date.

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Pikes on minnows from a small boat.

Dalrymple Pike

Date: June 19, 2016
Temperature: 26°C in the afternoon, windy
Water depth: 7-8ft
Location: Dalrymple Lake, Ontario
Bait used: Live minnows – Chubs and Suckers 4-5in

After my last fishing trip here on June 5, which was a bit slow, I came back to the same spot for a retest.  There were very few boat on the lake and nobody fished near me.  The day started off great.  Within and hour I caught 2 pikes and lost one in the thick weeds.  But the weather changed and the wind pick up with strong gusts, making high waves and the bites stopped.  It was a short trip as the high waves started splashing water into the boat so I decided to finish after 3 hours.  It was short but successful thanks to the early bites.

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Pike and Bass on minnows from a small boat.

Dalrymple Pike

Date: June 5, 2016
Temperature: 32°C in the afternoon
Water depth: 8ft
Location: Dalrymple Lake, Ontario
Bait used: Live minnows – Chubs and Suckers 4-5in

After about 8 year break from fishing on Dalrymple Lake I decided to revisit it and see if it’s still a good fishing hole.  This lake is great for pike, bass, walleye and slab crappies. I caught my biggest pikes and crappies on this lake.  Unfortunately, access to water from shore is very limited and boat is pretty much a must.  It has a public boat launch so it’s easy to drop the boat in the water and it’s free.  It was a pretty slow day but I got lucky with the pike that I caught right after casting out.  Most of other fishermen around me were not catching anything decent in my area at least.  I had the depth set at 5ft and was fishing in about 8ft of water that had single long leafy weeds.  The bass took around noon, near the end of my fishing.  I noticed that my fish finder started beeping like crazy and showing lots of fish so I decided to bring the bait closer to see if anything takes it.  As soon as I did I got a small bass that came off my flattened barbs treble hook.  The season for bass was still closed so it was a quick release.