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Where's my best shot at a 5+ pounder in the Kawartha's?


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Hello to all my Northern anglers!

 

Question for anyone that has some advice. Which lake(s) do I have the best shot at reaching my goal of several years now, which is to land a bass of 5 lbs or more? 

 

The amount of high 4's I get is amazing and I will gladly take them all day long but why I can't get one that tips my scale to a 5 is beyond me! I live on Lake Scugog and it has got me my current PB (4.12) and several other high 4's. That being said I just got my first fishing boat this past season and am ready to go wherever I need too! I basically fish Rice Lake the most, if I take the new boat I go to Rice or I take the tiny out on Scugog. 

 

I found Rice to be very stingy this year, Scugog was much better for me personally. But I need to get on some water that holds so BIGS. 

 

I'm not asking for spots or specific locations just if anyone has any recommendations for me to try. Next year I have Simcoe and Quinte on the list, not sure if Pigeon or Buckhorn has a healthy amount of big ones? 

 

I do prefer targeting the largies, and I prefer shallow waters. But am definitely willing to go wherever I need! 

 

Thanks y'all!

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I’ve never been to any of them but those are some top class fisheries! I figure with enough time you’ll run into one on those lakes. And since you’ve got Simcoe on your list, your best bet will probably be there. When does bass season open there?

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9 hours ago, IneedAnewScreenName-98161861 said:

The season runs from usually the 3rd weekend of June till Nov or Dec. Not sure when it closes I'm never really out past Canadian Thanksgiving

 

Ok, same as here. I'm in Montreal. Except it runs from 3rd weekend of June until March 31st of the next year, since you can catch them through the ice. 

 

If the season opened earlier there, I would've said fishing in May could probably produce the best chances at catching a 5+. With your season, the time around thanksgiving is actually ideal at catching a 5+. 

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Simcoe if your looking for smallmouth over 5, although I’ve seen some monstrous bags of smallies come from both Rice and Scugog as well. For largemouth, they all seem to have some good ones, just have to find them. I haven’t fished the Kawarthas in almost 20 years, but used to fish tournaments there all the time back in the day. I’ve seen some big largemouth come from all of them, but if I had to pick a couple lakes, it’d be either Sturgeon or Buckhorn. My tournament partner and I got fish to 6lbs on each of them over the years, but honestly you could get one on any of the lakes. We always had our best luck in the thickest, nastiest slop you could find.  

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12 hours ago, Finessegenics said:

 

Ok, same as here. I'm in Montreal. Except it runs from 3rd weekend of June until March 31st of the next year, since you can catch them through the ice. 

 

If the season opened earlier there, I would've said fishing in May could probably produce the best chances at catching a 5+. With your season, the time around thanksgiving is actually ideal at catching a 5+. 

Yea this past spring I literally watched my PB on a bed right off the shore in the backyard and it was basically torture I could toss a line! 

 

I never knew fall was good until this year, I had a magical day. It was flat calm, overcast and just had this odd feeling the topwater bite was going to be on and I went out and they were everywhere and just crushing the frog. It was the second best fishing day I've ever had. Caught a bunch of high 4's but that dang 5 lber never showed up to the party! Still was such a sensational day! This was on Scugog for what it's worth. 

 

How's the fishing out there? 

10 hours ago, Way north bass guy said:

Simcoe if your looking for smallmouth over 5, although I’ve seen some monstrous bags of smallies come from both Rice and Scugog as well. For largemouth, they all seem to have some good ones, just have to find them. I haven’t fished the Kawarthas in almost 20 years, but used to fish tournaments there all the time back in the day. I’ve seen some big largemouth come from all of them, but if I had to pick a couple lakes, it’d be either Sturgeon or Buckhorn. My tournament partner and I got fish to 6lbs on each of them over the years, but honestly you could get one on any of the lakes. We always had our best luck in the thickest, nastiest slop you could find.  

Yea I know Simcoe has the big bronzers but I'd rather go for the green! Plus Simcoe scares me, I don't like big water! Hahaha! 

 

Never seen a single person ever pull a smallmouth out of Scugog. Infact several people have said they don't exist in this lake. 

 

I think I'll have to give Buckhorn and Sturgeon a go next season, be nice to see some new water!

 

 

 

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I live in Barrie, and I've yet to fish it for bass from a boat/kayak, but I've seen the photos online from charters, crushing 7-8lbs smallmouth. I'm working on getting a pedal kayak and to explore Simcoe.. but you should come up to Georgian Bay and catch massive pike, small/largemouth, crappie, rainbows, walleye, you friggin name it - it's here. 20190518_193008_compress86.thumb.jpg.b2467b78099420f1f5e27327b6f40ed6.jpg

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PB SM 6.1lb

PB LM 5.6lb

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13 hours ago, Dangerfield said:

I live in Barrie, and I've yet to fish it for bass from a boat/kayak, but I've seen the photos online from charters, crushing 7-8lbs smallmouth. I'm working on getting a pedal kayak and to explore Simcoe.. but you should come up to Georgian Bay and catch massive pike, small/largemouth, crappie, rainbows, walleye, you friggin name it - it's here. 20190518_193008_compress86.thumb.jpg.b2467b78099420f1f5e27327b6f40ed6.jpg

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PB SM 6.1lb

PB LM 5.6lb

 

Your like me a few years back when my PB smallie was bigger than my largemouth PB. You need to head south to correct that. Go to your profile & change your PB to 6-7 instead of 5-6. Simcoe is your best shot at improving your smallie PB.

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If we are talking the Kawarthas, I love Balsam Lake myself.
 

Got my PB SM (6+ Lbs) right off a dock, in one of those weed filled bays directly across the lake from the provincial (as it begins to narrow into Gull river).
LM, Walleye, Pike, Musky…great fishing overall, IMO.

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