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Lake Kipawa Smallmouth Bass Fishing:

Lake Kipawa has a reputation for being the very best Smallmouth Bass fishing lake in Northwestern Québec and the reputation is justified. The lake possesses the perfect environment for Smallmouth Bass and not only produces great numbers of bass but produces huge trophy Smallmouth Bass that you just don't see anywhere else.

The lake is located on the Canadian Shield, also known as the Laurentian Plateau, and exhibits the classic rocky structure that the bass love. Lake Kipawa's diverse structure includes deep drop-offs, sunken reefs, rocky shoals, rocky island, rocky points and even weedy bays with logs to hide under. These are great feeding grounds for Smallmouth Bass but Lake Kipawa also has great spawning grounds perfectly suited for Smallmouth Bass. The bass have sand bars and feeder streams for spawning but the lake also has something special for the bass that truly makes Lake Kipawa a top Smallmouth Bass fishery. Lake Kipawa, being a northern boreal forest lake, has many shallow sandy bays with rotting logs on the bottom. This is the preferred place for Smallmouth Bass to spawn because the rotting logs moderate the acidity of the water thus hatchlings have a much higher survival rate. This produces great numbers of healthy bass as well as big bass.



Smallmouth Bass on Lake Kipawa are easy to find and easy to catch due to their high numbers. Patrolling the shoreline are hunting packs of smaller bass in the 1 to 2-pound range. These hunting packs can contain hundreds of Smallmouth Bass and guests have experienced non-stop action when finding these schools. The Smallmouth Bass hunting packs are always on the move so if you go back the next day odds are the bass have moved a few hundred yards up or down the shore looking for food.

The bigger Smallmouth Bass in the 3 to 6-pound range usually travel in mating pairs and Smallmouth Bass always select a mate that is the same size so if you catch a 5-pound Smallmouth Bass it could mean there will be another close by of the same size. When you find a spot that seams perfect for Smallmouth, but you are catching nothing, then it can mean a huge trophy bass claims the area. Huge Trophy Smallmouth Bass are big because they are very cautious and smart. You may have to fish an area for 20 minutes while trying different baits and different colors before hooking into a big bass. Sometimes you have to leave the area and then an hour later quietly come back and try again. There are so many big bass in Lake Kipawa that these types of fishing strategies are worth the time spent because the rewards could include that trophy Smallmouth Bass of your dreams.



If you find a roaming school of Smallmouth Bass you could catch 50 or more smaller bass in an afternoon. If you specifically target big bass and don't spend all your time having fun with the small ones, you should be able to catch 3 to 7 bass in the 3 to 5 pound range in a day. During the week you may even catch a Smallmouth Bass in the 6 pound range. Every summer guests run into Smallmouth Bass over 7 pounds and there have even been 8-pounders caught. An 8-pound Smallmouth Bass is extremely rare and we do not want you to expect to catch one that big but the chance is always there. Lake Kipawa is the best Trophy Smallmouth Bass fishing lake in Québec and the lake record is 9 pounds 4 oz, which is the second largest Smallmouth Bass ever recorded in Canada next to the 1954 Canadian record of 9 pounds, 13.5 ounces.

Smallmouth Bass are easy to catch all summer. Many of the super-huge trophies go deep in mid-July and then come shallow again at the beginning of August. From August 1st until the end of September the Smallmouth Bass fishing is extraordinary and the big trophy bass are shallow and often right up on top of the shoals in 2-feet of water. Fall fishing for Smallmouth Bass on Lake Kipawa is the best in the world. Smaller Smallmouth Bass in Lake Kipawa taste awesome and it's very hard to tell the difference between the bass and the Walleye. Many people attribute their fluffy white meat to the minerals in the water.

If you love watching your rod bend and get a kick out of Smallmouth Bass flying out of the water then Chalets du Huard on Lake Kipawa is the best pick as your next fishing vacation destination.



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