The Key River Area of Georgian Bay has some of the best big smallmouth & largemouth bass fishing to be had in all of Canada.
You can expect to take largemouths & smallmouths up to six pounds on surface lures if you are there at the right time & place.
The right time means if the bass are hitting surface lures as The Georgian Bay is no different than any other fishing area in this respect.
Sometimes they simply do not cooperate & simply will not take surface lures.
The right place means where the big bass are & sometimes you have to do some searching & experimenting to figure this out depending on weather conditions & water levels in any given year.
Both the Canadian record Largemouth Bass & Smallmouth Bass lurk in this area.
Nine pound smallmouth bass have been caught & released in this area along with largemouth up to ten pounds.
The big largemouth are sometimes difficult to locate as they will always be where the water is warm & deep enough for their liking.
The smallmouth are much easier to locate & catch as they like colder & deeper water areas such as shoals, boulder piles, steep cliff faces & rivers & streams with fast moving water & currents nearby.
Coves sheltered from North winds facing South always seem to be the best place to find the largemouth.
All sheltered coves with deep warm water in them or close by hold largemouth in this area.
I have never caught a big largemouth in warm water areas where there were no deep holes of at least six feet or more.
Some areas look fabulous but do not have any deep holes in them & all you will catch there is small largemouth.
The largemouth & smallmouth bass are not legal in Canada until the fourth week of June when their annual spawning cycle is over which means you have to release them unharmed if you catch one by accident fishing for other species which are legal at the time.
Many rivers that run into Georgian Bay are off limits to fishing certain species in the spring months of the year.
Check the law on this before you go after them.
The Georgian Bay Bass Hole is located in an off limits fishing area for most species in early spring.
We discovered the bass hole fishing for crappies there in early May one year & caught & released one largemouth after another on crappie jigs & round weighted bobbers with 6 pound Stren line.
The weather kicked up out on the bay so we went way back in to go after big black crappies in an area we had caught them in before.
We were drifting the jigs behind the boat & allowing the wind to drift us along & we started hooking one big largemouth bass after another up to seven pounds.
In early spring they all gather in warm shallow water areas way back in & up the rivers to the back bays where they spawn.
After spawning most scatter all over the area with the exception of a few that stay in these areas all year.
The best method is called ”Walking The Dog” With The Zara Spook.
Big surface lures with spinners often produce a lot of big bass & big hits.
Toss them back in the pockets & ledges along the cliff or rock faces where the water is warm & 5 to 6 feet deep or more & that is where you will find most of them laying.
Each big bass has its own little hole in Georgian Bay.
Please release them to fight another day.