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Smallmouth bass still dominating

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Just returned from another week on Northern Light Lake (Ontario) and the smallies still appear to be the dominating fish. Did manage to catch 4 walleye on a slip bobber and leech, however most of the time as soon as the bait hit the water, the bass attack was on. Every now and then we would experience the slow submerging bobber of a potential walleye, give it the 30 to 45 second count, take up the slack, go to set the hook and nothing was there.

Talked to a local who knew a guy that went down with scuba gear around a couple of the reefs near deep water. He saw numerous schools of walleye 12 - 20' down, however the bass were just as abundent.

The few walleyes we did manage to catch were nice healthly plump fish with thick filets. The hundreds of bass ranged from 4" to 23", and almost all were spitting up bait fish left and right as you reeled them in.

Will the smallies ever stop eating so that we will have a better chance to boat a few more wallys?

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Just start keeping and eating them! Once cleaned they can be fried, pickled, or even put into a stew. They don't taste much different from anything else, since they come from the cold northern lakes. I know it is a pain, but if everyone kept a limit of bass every time they went out, that would help balance the population. laugh.gif

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We do fry them up with the walleye and any northerns we might decide to eat.

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