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Bass fishing in MontrealEach species has it's specific thrill. Largemouth bass and smallmouth bass are very numerous, grow to decent sizes and offer some of the best pound for pound action of any freshwater fish. Their willingness to take a huge variety of lures and baits on a multitude of setups makes them easy to catch. They are among my kids favorites as well, and as we often top 50 bass per day, they don't have enough time to get bored. Soem of my favorite bass lures are Rebel Pop-R, Arbogast Jitterbug, Heddon Zara Spook Jointed floating Rapalas and Rapala Countdowns.
Largemouth BassLargemouth bass are more of a warmer water fish than smallmouth bass. Accordingly, their range in Canada is limited to Southwestern Quebec and Southern Ontario. Due largely to the popular American Largemouth bass fishing culture (fishing magazines, TV shows and tournaments), Largemouth bass fishing in Canada is becoming very popular. The huge bucketmouths make for explosive topwater strikes, and enable them to take bigger lures than Smallmouth bass of the same size. Their thick girth and heads makes for impressive pictures as well.
Largemouth bass prefer shallow water year round. They related well to structure such as heavy weed cover and sunken logs. When they are active, they’ll take a variety of lures such as spinnerbaits, crankbaits, jerkbaits and topwater lures. When they are less active, artificial plastics lures such as frogs, big worms and lizards fished very slowly will often be necessary to catch them.
Smallmouth BassSmallmouth bass prefer cooler water than Largemouth bass. Accordingly, they have a wider range in Canada, stretching from the Maritimes into the Prairies, and reaching further North than Largemouth as well. Smallmouth bass are spectacular, relentless fighters. They jump, tail dance and seem to never give up. Smallmouth bass are more abundant and fare better in our waters. Most Canadian bass tournaments are won mainly on Smallmouth bass.
Smallmouth bass move in and out of deeper water all through the season. They can be caught in 1-2 feet on some days, and 40 feet on other days. They relate well to rock structure, often foraging for crayfish and gobies under the rocks. When active, they’ll hit minnow baits, crankbaits, topwater lures and spinners. When they are less active, switch to jigs or drop shot rigs. They seem to hit better on live bait (worms, leeches) than largemouth bass.
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