Today, I’m going to talk about catching Pickerel and Large Mouth Bass, and what baits and lures work best. I will also discuss the best time of day to catch these fish.
Pickerel, also known as Walleye, is a popular game fish in Northern Ontario. They are often found in deep waters near rocky structures, such as drop-offs, points, and shoals. The best time to catch Pickerel is during low light conditions, such as early morning or late evening.
When it comes to bait, Pickerel are known to bite on live minnows, leeches, and night crawlers. Artificial lures such as jigs, crank baits, and spinners also work well. In Northern Ontario, some of the best lures for Pickerel are Rapala Husky Jerks, Mepps Aglia Spinners, and Northland Mimic Minnows.
Large Mouth Bass is another popular game fish in Northern Ontario. They are often found in weed beds, shallow bays, and around submerged logs and rocks. The best time to catch Large Mouth Bass is during early morning or late evening, when the water is cooler.
When it comes to bait, Large Mouth Bass are known to bite on live bait such as worms, minnows, and crayfish. Artificial lures such as plastic worms, spinner baits, and top water poppers are also effective. In Northern Ontario, some of the best lures for Large Mouth Bass are Zoom Brush Hogs, Strike King KVD Square bills, and Booyah Buzzbaits.
In addition to bait and lures, it’s important to pay attention to the weather conditions when fishing for Pickerel and Large Mouth Bass. A light rain or overcast sky can make for good fishing conditions, while bright sunny days can make the fish more skittish.
Another thing to keep in mind is the time of year. Pickerel tend to spawn in the spring, while Large Mouth Bass spawn in the summer. During these times, the fish may be more focused on spawning and less likely to bite.
In summary, if you’re looking to catch Pickerel or Large Mouth Bass here in Cottage Country, try fishing during low light conditions, and use live bait or artificial lures that mimic the fish’s natural prey. Pay attention to the weather conditions and time of year, and you’ll increase your chances of success.
Tight lines, and we’ll see you on the water. GW