Canada is a vast and majestic country rich with natural treasures.  Skiing, mountain climbing, cross-country travels, and incredible lakes and rivers make Canada an all-season playground for all kinds of travelers.  Canadian bass fishing is one of the best treasures of all.

Bass fishing has always been one of the most popular and challenging sports for anglers. The bass family, which includes (but is certainly not limited to) the striped, largemouth, smallmouth, spotted, black, and white species, helps anglers kick off every fishing season.  While many anglers try year after year for the elusive “whopper” to display on the wall, smallmouth bass and other smaller varieties can be most fun to catch, as they don’t give up without a helluva fight.  Without question, bass fishing is big business, yielding a multi-million dollar industry.  There are specialized fishing rods, reels, countless lures and even boats designed specifically for bass fishing.

Canada is home to some of the world’s most excellent fishing grounds. The bass fishing season opens in March and ends late in July.  In addition to seeking bass, many anglers head for places like Vancouver Island to fish for Feeder Chinooks, Ucelet, Halibut, and King Salmon.  The variety of fish found within Canada’s borders help to preserve it as a popular destination for sport fisherman.  While Canada’s fishing and tourism industry has opened the doors to countless adventurous travelers, the same fame has led to a problem in protecting Canada’s precious natural resources.

Ontario Fishing

Northwestern Ontario is world-famous for its good supply of bass.  Don’t limit yourself to bass however, as the northern country can also provide anglers with the adrenaline rush of hooking a scrappy Muskie or Northern Pike, or a delicious Yellow Perch or Walleye.  The crystal clear lakes in Canadian bass fishing country offer good fishing in spring, summer, fall, and even winter # if you’re inclined to try ice fishing.  There are limits that must be respected, and most day’s you’ll find it easy to meet those limits.  On days when the fishing slows down, you can take some time to enjoy the breathtaking Canadian wilderness.

Don’t expect to show up in Canada with your boat and trailer and immediately find the prime fishing spot.  It’s a big country.  Newcomers are advised to make travel arrangements through a resort.  There are many resorts in Northwestern Ontario that provide outstanding Canadian bass fishing opportunities, as well as the chance to hook walleye, trout, perch and northern pike.  Some of these resorts are ranked among the world’s best for fishing.

American Bass Fishing

If you prefer to try your luck in the United States, there are thirty varieties of fish including bass and sunfish. The calico bass, also called black crappie, originates from the Great Lakes, and can be found in the upper Mississippi Valley to New Jersey and southward to Florida, Louisiana, and Texas.  Black crappies can reach a length of up to 36 cm (14 inches), but rarely weigh more than 0.2 kg (0.5 pounds). The rock bass seldom exceeds that weight and is a poor food fish.  Rock bass are abundant west of the Allegheny Mountains, south to Louisiana and north into Manitoba.  Black bass are considered by some to be the most essential and are also known as bayou, lake or straw bass. In the southern United States, black bass are called trout.  Largemouth bass are found throughout the central United States and can reach a weight of 9 kg (20 pounds). Smallmouth bass are found from Lake Champlain southwest to the Appalachian region, and generally reach a maximum weight of about 2.3 kg (5 pounds).

While not the largest fish in the pond, smallmouth bass are easily the feistiest fish in Northwestern Ontario.  In sunset country, the lakes are teeming with these pound-for-pound prizefighters, just waiting that grab your bait and give your skills a run for the money.  The sheer numbers of smallies in this area make sunset country one of Canada’s finest bass fishing locations.  Numerous lakes also offer largemouth bass, making this area a must-visit destination for any serious angler.  With over 70,000 lakes, Canada has some great fishing holes for you to choose from.

To find out more about Canadian bass fishing, speak with a tourist agent or learn about it online.

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