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Pete shows Keith a fish… not sure what Keith’s thinking! • Credit: Fish'n Canada
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Fish'n Canada in The Rough

Pete Bowman of Fish'n Canada and Keith Beasley of Canada in the Rough Pair up for Some Wild Bass Fishing

It was back in July of 2012 when Fish’n Canada’s Pete Bowman had what he considers the honor of fishing with the very popular Keith Beasley from Canada In The Rough. They fished for Largemouth Bass and they had a hoot!

If you don’t know it, Keith is almost as avid an angler as he is a hunter… he loves it that much. If given a species preference, Pete says he’d put his money on Keith picking Large and Small Mouth Bass on top of the list.

Since that 2012 trip, they’ve talked and talked about a second trip and it finally came to fruition in the summer of 2018. Their destination was Paudash Lake near Bancroft Ontario.


Paudash Lake is in south-central Ontario southwest of Bancroft along Highway 28. The lake is just north of Silent Lake Provincial Park in Haliburton County, 27 km south of the panhandle of Algonquin Provincial Park. The nearest communities to Paudash Lake are the village of Cardiff and the hamlet of Paudash.

Paudash Lake
Paudash Lake is a gorgeous body of Bass filled water

Paudash is actually two lakes, 'Paudash' and 'Lower Paudash'. They are located on the Crowe River, near its headwaters, which flows into the Trent River at Crowe Bay north of Campbellford.

Paudash Lake has several different sections within it; Lower Paudash Lake (Outlet Bay) to the east, North Bay to the north, Joe Bay to the southwest, and Inlet Bay to the northeast. The lake has a maximum depth of 151 ft. Fish species include largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, walleye, lake trout, perch, pumpkinseed, northern cisco, white sucker, and small baitfish of various types.

Keith Beasley points to a great looking patch of mid-lake milfoil weeds


Paudash is known for its numbers and size of bass. it is also known for the large amount of fishing pressure it receives every summer. Between pleasure fishing and tournament fishing, things have gotten a bit tougher. That said, the lake is still one of the best Bass lakes in all of Ontario… you just have to work harder to get em’.

Keith and Pete
Canada In The Rough’s Keith Beasley with a gorgeous Ontario Largemouth Bass

The guys pulled off some bad timing in that not only did the bass just recently spawn but a bass tournament was held on the lake just days before. Two strikes against them

Oh well, they were there, so they’re gonna’ fish.

Pete and Keith hit Joe Bay first and found quickly that the main lake weed beds were holding fish. The closer to deep water, the better. This is a typical summer pattern. Simply rig up a worm, craw, or soft stick bait Texas-style, and sooner or later you’re going to get hit.

Their next trek took them to the north end of the lake. Although it looked more like smallmouth water, they did happen to tie into a few Largemouth, including the largest of the trip… pushing 4 pounds.

Look at this crazy catch by Pete during this shoot.

“That nice Largemouth had quite a story to it” says Pete “Keith threw a bait into a small isolated shallow weed clump and saw a big Smallie peek out and then take off into the thick stuff”.

“Keith and I” continues Pete “both threw a ton of baits at the clump knowing someone was home. I finally threw a light Ned Rig in and that gorgeous Largemouth came out and pounced on it!”

Obviously polarized glasses are a must in most fishing situations including this one.

The guys finished off the trip by fishing Lower Paudash and found that either docks or rock shorelines with weeds, wood and pads worked well along with deep cabbage weed patches.

Pete Bowman holds up a very respectable Paudash Largemouth that he caught on a finesse Ned Rig*

This was a great trip for Pete in that he feeds off Keith’s bass fishing enthusiasm.

“If this guy can’t get you pumped” says Pete “then you best stay in the cottage and play some Xbox”!

Paudash Lake is still one of Ontario’s best bass lakes.


A while back an angler named Ned Kehde was seeking out a way of making his half-day fishing trips into a “catching fish after fish” outing. It’s said he didn’t care if they were all giants or not, he just wanted fish… Bass to be exact.

Long story short, he came up with the Ned Rig. It’s a simple finesse rig consisting of a mushroom-style jig head and a soft plastic which is simply a small (2.5 – 2.75”) version of a soft stick bait (commonly called a Senko)

It doesn’t look like much, but little Ned does catch fish.



Pete, Keith, and the film crew stayed at the perfectly situated Anchorage Resort on Paudash Lake.

The resort offers fully furnished cottages, great docking facilities, and a well-maintained boat launch on the property.

It also has a private lakefront trailer park with 34 large well-treed sites over 7 acres. 650ft of waterfront.

Lodge owner Brian Stubbings brags not only about the summer bass fishing on the lake but he also gets super excited when talking about the ice fishing opportunities that the lodge offers.

More and more families are heading to Anchorage each winter for an ice fishing get-away


The lakes and rivers near Bancroft Ontario are nothing short of phenomenal as far as fishing is concerned. We’re not sure why, but the Bass in this area grow big. Other lakes like Eels, Chandos, and the well-known Elephant and Baptiste lakes are great Bass fisheries that are very close to the Paudash/Bancroft area.

For a complete guide to *Fish’n Canada Show* episodes, tv channels, and showtimes, go to www.fishncanada.com or www.facebook.com/fishncanada

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