Fishing for Bass on Canadian Shield Lakes

You really don’t need to go far from Canada’s capital and forth largest city, Ottawa, to access hundreds of prime Bass Canadian Shield lakes. How lucky can one guy be.

Lawrence fishing on the prime Bass Canadian Shield lakesThankfully, Navionics has many of these lakes included on their various digital map offerings, which is pretty cool given it’s a company located in the U.S. And trust me, you want a good map; especially when you see birds that appear to be standing still in the middle of lakes.

Finding the often un-published public boat launches can be a challenge, given that cottage owners try their best to discourage non-residence from enjoying their wilderness sanctuaries. It also means taking responsibility for ensuring one isn’t transporting foreign life such as Zebra mussels or invasive plants from one lake to another.

Once away from the launch, it doesn’t take long to find you’re completely secluded from all signs of human activity. The fishing can be spectacular.

I always come prepared with an assortment of super-strong TroKar hooks. Flipping baits into fallen trees that litter the shoreline makes for amazing action. It does mean however, that my sighted partner has to give me some hints on where to pitch, and especially where not to. My 7’6” heavy Shimano flipping rod, 65lb PowerPro braided line, and a Shimano Antares reel winds it all in, regardless. Crazy times for sure.

Lawrence holding his catch of a bass using the new G Loomis 7’ E6X There are also the weed beds. Tossing wacky-rigged stickbaits using medium-heavy spinning tackle like the new G Loomis 7’ E6X paired with a Shimano 2500 Sustain spinning reel spooled up with 15lb PowerPro braided line is all it takes.  I prefer using TroKar 2/0 size octopus hooks. They may not be weedless, but what is. It’s not a tournament, so I have no problem pinching down the barbs.

Days like this leave you with raw skin on your thumb. Bass have no teeth, but after catching 30 or more, their mouths leave their marks. It’s only when your driving home though, that you notice you have “Bass thumb”. A secret reminder of a great day of fishing as you sit through the first office meeting of the week come Monday.

Trials of New Pre-Release Evinrude 150 HP G2 E-TEC Outboard

One of the perks of pro staffing for Orleans Boat World, Evinrude and Ranger Boats is getting the opportunity to test pre-release innovations like this new E-TEC G2 150 hp outboard. Hung on the back of a 2017 Ranger Z118 bassboat, it was a match made in heaven.

Jason Cox at the helm

Jason Cox at the helm

Fellow anglers rest easy, insurance adjusters back down. As tempting as it was to take a turn operating the boat, it was my buddy Jason Cox who did all the driving. The last thing anyone wants to hear about is a blind guy piloting a bassboat on the Ottawa River at 60 mph (LOL).

However, I can report that the throaty growl of this motor between 2000 and 4000 rpm is truly impressive. High performance all the way. Engine volume does taper off quite nicely making it easy to talk at rpm’s over 4500.

Having owned 250 hp E-TEC’s for the past four years, I was also more than surprised just how much seat-pinning power this new 150 E-TEC puts out. No sleeping dog for sure.

This is my second year running a 250 high output G2 E-TEC. Prior to the G2, I ran Evinrude’s E-TEC for seven years. Everything from a 115 hp on up. What amazes me is the fuel efficiency of the new G2 motors. There have been plenty of occasions when we put in under $10 in gas to top up the tank following a day of fishing.

Not only are the new Evinrude G2 outboards easy on the wallet, but the environment too. It may be a 2-stroke motor, but through continuously regulated oil injection, it’s the cleanest burning outboard on the market, and that includes the 4-stroke competition.

So, while my boat and motor may be big and fast, it can do it all with little negative impact. It’s nice to know I’m safe on the water, and that I’m not leaving behind a mess for the fish to put up with.