Unlike many of the
northern Ontario's smaller lakes, Lake Temagami is
an extensive lake of more than 50,000 acres (202,500 ha). Prime shallow shoals and sunken
reefs are abundant so when cruising the lake for fish a shoal map is necessary. According to MNR biologists, Temagami is an underutilized lake for bass fishing.
The majority of the shoreline
is ideal for smallmouth habitat. Isolating a small number of ideal fishing
locations is impossible as bass are distributed everywhere through out the lake.
The average smallmouth runs 2 pounds (.9 kg), but 6-pounders (2.7 kg) are not
unheard of. In the past, angling has been concentrated on lake trout
and walleye so smallmouth here are relatively unsophisticated. Most traditional bass baits
should be effective but local fisherman swear by baiting with the leach, worm, or a minnow-tipped
bucktail jig to be used along one of the many shoals and shorelines.
Like to do it in the winter?