Editor's Note: This article was first published in Winter 2014. The Wakomata Shores Resort is now known as Wakomata Lake Cottages under new ownership, with the same excellent fishing and comfortable accommodations. Enjoy!
Every time I visit Ontario to fish or hunt, I can guarantee two things. First, that I'm going to meet some of the nicest folks on the planet. And second, that I'll enjoy fantastic meals and hospitality from whatever lodge or resort I call "home" during my stay.
Now, the one thing nobody can guarantee on a fishing trip is the weather. When we were at Wakomata, a cold front decided to precede our arrival. Cold fronts often put fish in a negative mood, but we wouldn't let that deter our mission to catch the big smallmouth bass that Wakomata is famous for.
Instead of finding bass on or near spawning beds as anticipated, the cold front had pushed them out to main lake humps. After locating fish on that structure, the magic bait was a leech on a Lindy Rig. Slow, controlled drifts up and over the humps triggered some violent strikes and scores of hard-fighting bronzebacks. Gotta love Ontario for smallies!
When you encounter cold front bass like we did at Wakomata, remember to fish them slowly and with more "finesse" tackle (lighter line and smaller baits).
Also, particularly in clear water like Wakomata has, when one person hooks up on a smallmouth, look for other bass chasing the one that's fighting. They're a curious species and will "shadow" the fighter. If a second angler pitches a bait to the buddies who are swimming with their struggling pal, they'll bite too! Give it a try and you'll catch more smallmouth bass.