Largemouth Bass Ontario Lake Features

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Largemouth Bass
In Ontario Largemouth Bass inhabit a vast variety of freshwater natural lakes from our pristine Canadian Shield lakes to rivers, swamps and marshes.

The majority of Ontario bass lakes consist of warm shallow water. Water clarity can be described as medium and in some cases 'tea stained' in the more northern regions. Ideal areas and characteristics are lakes with significant weed growth which may extend into the main body of the lake. Ideal bottom traits should consist of silt, mud, scattered sand patches, rocks or gravel. Many of the lakes have a prominant thermocline in the summer months.

Ontario lakes are abundant with baitfish for a hungry bass' appetite. Perch, sunfish, shiners and coarsefish are plentiful and are a mainstay of a bass' diet. Optimum bass lakes should have a minumum depth of 20-25 feet and not subjected to winter kills.

Largemouth bass can be found in various locations throughout the year.

Prespawn - Shallow bays and coves that can warm much faster than main lake bodies.
                 - New weed growths. Sunmereg water cabbage and coontail are preferable.

Spawn       - Under lilly pads and bullrushes.
                 - Sandy and gravel areas on muddy or silty shorelines.

Post Spawn  - Breaklines abundant with weeds.
                     - Weedy and shallow humps near shore.
                     - Deep holes in regular spawning bays and coves.

Summer and Early Autumn
- Under matted weed beds.
                                              - Docks or boathouses.
                                              - Weed flats near dropoffs.
                                              - Slow sloping points.

Late Autumn - Sharp drop offs.
                       - Deep reefs and humps.
                       - Deep clumps of weeds.

Knowing some of the features of the body of water you are fishing in can greatly increase your overall catch rate throughout the many Ontario seasons and will greatly improve your chance of landing the 'Lunker'.
This article was written by the
contributing staff of OFT and its
group of amateur and pro Ontario anglers.

Copyright 2007. Ontario Fish Trips .

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