This Saturday, the fourth Saturday in June, Canadian waters is open to bass anglers. After over a month and a half of catch and release on the U.S. side, the obvious conclusion is to go after those bass that are untouched. Nothing wrong with that logic…so many top quality spots become available like Askin’s Point to Pike Creek, the Belle River Hump, Stoney Point, Mitchel’s Bay, the Stakes, the Horseshoe and the Firecracker.
No matter what country you fish in, the order of the day is to target transition spots. Post-spawn bass are clearly on the move and in a feeding mood. Finding the hottest spots without pre-fishing can be a challenge. With a day or two on the water it isn’t too hard to line up the best fishing by hitting all the popular spots, gauging the bite then figuring out where the strongest concentration of smallies are.
The good news is if you happen on to one of these transition spots, the bite is simply phenomenal. Some spots fish similar to pre-spawn where you can fan cast around the boat and load up but a higher percentage of spots fish best right now with optimum boat positioning and targeted casts.
FROM AROUND THE LAKE
Slicks are becoming more prominent. We are still seeing more smaller mayflies on the U.S. side but this week found big slicks of husks from large mayflies on the Canadian side. Here is a video of a slick and scale photo of the husks from spot #11 in the Marked Map Series:
Mayfly husks from that slick shown to scale
On Marked Map spot #13 we found this kind of water clarity:
This buoy cropped up at Marked Map spot #16. It’s marking a tree branch in 7 feet of water. We didn’t find any bass on it this trip but there will most likely be bass on it every day from here through the end of summer.
Three bass (Note: Multiple bass were caught on the Xtreme Bass Tackle St. Clair Goby NFT tube).
Here is the layout on the weed growth at Marked Map spot #15:
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