Ontario offers great fishing opportunities. Species caught on our guided fishing charters include Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Northern Pike, Walleye, Jumbo Perch & Crappie.
Adult largemouth bass are solitary fish, although occasionally several bass will congregate in areas with abundant food supplies. They are usually the apex predator in their habitat. They will hide between rocks, among water vegetation, or under roots and limbs of sunken trees, striking at their prey from the shadows. Bass prefer quiet, calm, and warm water but are very adaptable to other conditions. They are found in rivers, lakes, ponds, reservoirs, and steams.
Smallmouth bass favour rocky areas of lakes, especially points, and will set up over boulder strewn mid-lake shoals. In the summer time they will seek the shade provided by an overhanging tree, dock or boats. Weedy areas close to deep water are also an excellent summer smallmouth area, as they offer both shelter and lots of food.
Solitary hunters, pike lie motionless in the water or lurk in the weeds. As their prey comes within reach, they make a sudden rapid lunge and seize it. They usually eat small fish, insects, and aquatic invertebrates, but larger fish have also been known to take waterfowl and small mammals. They spawn in weedy shallows from late winter through spring.
Walleye are found throughout most of Canada and the northern United States, and have been introduced to other states in the U.S. as well. Because of their sensitivity to light, walleye dwell in the cloudy water of rivers, streams, lakes, and other region of freshwater. They like to rest on rock or sandy bottoms and have many weeds to forage in. They will oftentimes occupy weed beds or the inside of logs to escape the light.
Hailed by many as “the ultimate pan fish,” yellow perch is rivaled only by walleye as the most popular freshwater fish on restaurant menus. The perch are typically 6 to 10 inches long and weigh 1/2 to 1 pound.
Crappie can grow up to 20″ long and weigh 5 pounds, but the average size is around 1/4 – 1/2 pound and 8 to 12 inches long. Crappie over 1 pound are considered a prized catch.
There are two typical varieties of crappie: white crappie and black crappie. Both can be found living in the same waters, often schooled up together. They can both be caught using the same lures, bait, and tactics.