Are you looking to fish somewhere that has millions of untouched smallmouth bass of all sizes? This will be your destination of choice. I cannot even begin to describe how incredibly under fished smallies are here. There are very healthy populations of all other species here that make most anglers look at this species like a bonus, when targeting musky, pike and walleyes. Almost every lake in the Sioux Lookout Area has Smallmouth Bass. Lac Seul, Minnitaki and both Big and Little Vermilions see light smallmouth bass pressure, especially when they are on their beds in June. Pelican, Abram and Botsford are loaded with huge bass that hardly get touched. It takes many years in these cool waters for bass to grow large, but seeing as they have a low mortality rate and very high reproduction, there are simply monster smallmouth bass here! I have been told by pro bass fishermen I have guided for in the past, that this area is by far the finest there is for trophy smallmouth.
Smallmouth Bass are great table fare. I promote keeping your limit of bass to everyone I can up here, minus the trophy fish. The smaller bass taste very similar to perch or walleye. If you plan on taking walleye limits with you, why not take your bass as well? I believe in balance of the food chain. If it wasn't for the numerous baitfish populations in the system, these bass would have a negative long term effect on the walleye population. The limit for Smallmouth bass in this area is 4 fish any size on a sport licence, 2 on a conservation. However, these limits do not apply here until July 1.
Before July 1st, a sport licence can keep 2 bass under 13.8 inches, and 1 under 13.8 inches on a conservation licence. They are protected for their spawn which is usually for the month of June. During this phase of "bass on their beds", they can be seen in shallow waters of 1 to 4 feet making their nest. Many big female smallmouth are caught and released at this time.
There is a Master Angler award for smallmouth bass here, as well. At one time the minimum requirement was 18 inches to catch and release. Since there were too many of these entries each year, the bar was raised to 19 inches and better. There are still plenty of these released each year. In my time so far, I have seen smallmouth bass up to 23.5 inches, but I know that there are some in these waters even bigger.
I truly enjoy guiding for bass fanatics, and welcome all of the world's pro bass fishermen to get up here and test their favorite tactics on this incredible, untouched smallmouth factory. I apologize in advance for the nuisance pike and walleyes that you will encounter while bassin' in these waters. I know my bass fishing well, and slam them all season long!
Why do you want a guide for bass fishing in this area?
1. The guide will put you on the spots and best shorelines.
2. You will have to worry about boat control, it is done for you, so spend your time fishing.
3. Your guide will measure, release, take pictures and clean your catch.
4. Lunch will be prepared, and each destination will be reached damage free!
5. The guide can tie your rigs, and recommend great tackle for each area to you.