About Bass Fishing
The name bass refers to many different species of fish, including freshwater and marine species. They belong to the Perciformes family (perch-like fish). The word bass is actually derived from the Middle English word bars, which means ‘perch’.
Large and smallmouth bass are the third most common target for anglers after walleye and northern pike, making bass fishing a popular sport. Part of the reason for this is that bass are plentiful and easy to catch – they go for just about any kind of bait. This lack of discretion means more fish for enthusiastic anglers.
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When bass fishing, it is good to understand a little about the fish so you can better understand their habits.
What Makes Bass Tick?
First, it is important to know that bass are cold blooded. Both the temperature of their bodies and their metabolism is controlled by the temperature of the water. When the water is warm, their metabolism is higher and they will eat more. Bass are most active when the water temperature is between 60 and 75 degrees. Their metabolism slows down when the water temperature is below 50 degrees and they will feed infrequently. Temperatures above 80 degrees cause low oxygen levels and the bass will become stressed.
Bass are schooling fish, so if you catch one, you will probably catch another in the same vicinity. The key is to fish the area thoroughly, but do not put the bass back in the water after you’ve caught it. Not right away, at least. Use a livewell for your catch. Putting an aggravated fish back in the water will scare away other fish.
You’ll usually find bass near bottom or something that looks like bottom. The closer to the bottom they are, the more likely they are to eat. They will also usually be hiding out in or around an object, like rocks, a fallen tree, weeds, so fish around these objects when fishing for bass. They tend to hide out here for 2 reasons: It protects them from potential predators and conceals them while they lie in wait for prey.
From late winter to early spring, bass fishing is most successful in or near their spawning areas. These areas are characteristically pretty shallow and flat with some cover and quick access to deeper water.
Bass Fishing at Loughborough Lake, Ontario
Loughborough Lake is a hot bed for bass fishing; home to some of the best smallmouth and sargemouth bass fishing in the Eastern Ontario area, with over twenty miles of fresh water, filled with an abundance of Smallmouth and Largemouth bass for your fishing pleasure.
With 7 stunning log cabins and 13 waterfront cottages, Loughborough Inn offers you complete access to Loughborough Lake with executive lodging, boat rental options, independent fishing guides, free boat launch, dockage and electricity (if you bring your own boat) and gasoline sales to all boaters on Loughborough Lake.
The bass fishing on Loughborough Lake can’t be beat, so join us today and experience everything this area has to offer and more!