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Bass Fishing Ontario’s Northern Wilderness

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Bass Fishing Ontario’s Northern Wilderness

American Plan Fishing Package

Drive-in fishing lodge for smallmouth bass, walleye and northern pike. Package includes modern waterfront lodging, meals, packed lunch, dock service, daily maid service, fully equipped boat and motor and fuel.
From $700 per person
• Credit: Karl Kalonka

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No matter who you speak to, when the subject is freshwater bass fishing destinations in Canada, Northern Ontario tops just about everyone's list.

It doesn't matter if you’re an amateur or professional alike, you'll find your bass fishing paradise in Northern Ontario. Ontario's north land features more than 70,000 lakes, more than anyone could fish in a lifetime – and some lakes you'll want to fish more than once.

So many trophy-sized species of fish, northern pike exceeding 30 pounds, walleye in the 12-pound class and 30-plus inches, lake trout exceeding 30+ pounds... but it's the spectacular bass fishing, producing bass in the high 6- and 7-pound class, that make Northern Ontario a must-visit bucket list destination for vacation planners across the globe.

(Photo credit: Karl Kalonka)

Bass fishing seasons vary across Northern Ontario; some waters offer open season all year for bass, while others have more specific regulations, including a unique springtime catch and release season. A review of the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources Regulations Online can assist you with the region or lakes you plan on visiting. Speak with lodge owners, guides, and local bait shops who will be more than happy to answer all your questions.

(Photo credit: Karl Kalonka)

Vacationers to Northern Ontario can experience some of the best bass fishing of there lives whether they drive in, ride a train, or fly in to any of the lodges and resorts offering a unique experience of Ontario's wilderness.

The vastness and solitude, the fresh winds across the water, the peacefulness of sunlit coves, the beauty of sunsets, incredible bass fishing spots, the canopy of trees, the smell of wood smoke, and the friendly hospitality of Ontario's lodge operators come together to make your vacation a memorable and meaningful experience.

You don't have to be a pro or have the latest and greatest equipment to catch trophy-sized bass in Northern Ontario. Some regions and lodges offer the opportunity to bring your own boat or rent one from the operators.

Most regions offer both largemouth and smallmouth bass, but it is the mighty "brown bass" that both attracts and inspires visitors to plan their vacations in Ontario's northern wilderness. One-hundred-fish days are not fish tales; smallmouth exceeding 6 and 7 pounds are caught every season across the north land. Northern Ontario has the kind of bass fishing you've been dreaming of.

(Photo credit: Karl Kalonka)

I have had the opportunity to experience some of the finest bass fishing of my life for both numbers and quality of smallmouth bass while visiting Northern Ontario lodges and resorts. The best way to describe these locations is simple, they are "smallmouth bass factories." Locations feature ideal spawning opportunities to ensure the fisheries remain healthy, and the natural cover and structure elements that both attract and hold bass are endless. Island points, sand flats, rock shoals, weeds: you name it, it is here. Practicing selective harvest and certain catch-and-release policies will ensure a trophy fishery for generations to come.

Some of the simplest and easiest techniques and presentations catch all kinds of smallmouth bass in Northern Ontario, with topwater presentations leading the way. And the best part of fishing the north: this presentation catches bass all day long! It's not just a sunrise and sunset option; these lakes offer so many pristine bays, coves, and structure elements that hold trophy-sized bass, you can expect to get bit on any cast at any time of the day. It truly is that good!

(Photo credit: Karl Kalonka)

Most soft plastics like tube jigs, curly-tailed grubs, and drop shot presentations will catch both numbers and size of bass. I would recommend "up-sizing" your lure offerings to bigger, thicker bodied baits like soft shad baits such as caffeine shads, 6-inch hard bodied jerk baits, 5-inch walking style topwater lures, and deep diving, tight wobbling or rattle-style crankbaits for more quality bites from bigger smallmouth bass.

If pounding the shoreline banks is your thing, you will feel like you’re in bass heaven in Northern Ontario with so much natural structure and cover such as fallen trees, rock and boulder strewn points, shoals and sand to weed transitions.

So many choices, opportunities and bass fishing adventures await you in Northern Ontario, where the time you spend here is the way you create it, making memories that will last a lifetime. It truly is ultimate bass fishing experience.

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