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Michael Kerwin
Posted: Jun 11, 2018 - 07:56 am


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I'm heading up to Tri-Lakes for bass opener, an area that I don't know well. I'm not looking for spots (well, you could PM me if you wanted to share!) just tips on rigs you prefer and types of cover or structure -- what works and what doesn't. Thanks in advance!

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Posted: Jun 11, 2018 - 08:22 am


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Hi Michael.

What location are you starting out from.

You can expect to find most of the bass shallow is my guess. I would say we will still be seeing fish guarding nests. Bigger ones are likely roaming flats and making moves to deeper water over the next couple weeks. I have a decent feeling that catching #'s wont be tough but catching more than a few big ones could be a chore.

Keep in mind Curve Lake Reserve is running the annual opening day bass tourney. As I write this they have 40 teams entered. They will likely surpass 100 boats as a lot of guys show up and enter the morning of. The lake will be a bit of a zoo with that and other boat traffic on the weekend.

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Michael Kerwin
Posted: Jun 11, 2018 - 09:56 am


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Thanks for your reply! I do know about the tournament and expect to see considerable traffic. We are launching out of Emerald Isle Marina.

I fished the lakes once before several years ago at the beginning of July. I found that fishing any baits with treble hooks was impractical given the amount of vegetation and am anticipating somewhat the same this year; I anticipate using Texas rigged stick worms and beaver style baits, tubes, weedless wacky and Ned rigs, frogs and toads, bladed jigs or spinnerbaits, and flipping jigs.

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Posted: Jun 12, 2018 - 07:05 pm


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Finding big ones of a mystery to me on the opener, I find there are plenty of 1 to 2 pounders. I generally see bigger fish on Buckhorn cone the opener, though it does get busy.

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Posted: Jun 13, 2018 - 04:06 pm


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My advice is get to any spots that you may know early before all of the guys in the tournaments do. There's one big tournament on opener and one smaller tournament there if you can get to the good spots before them that at least gives you a bit of edge in the morning.

In terms of pattern I'm probably as lost as you at this point. The water is colder than normal maybe the coldest I've ever seen at this time and I don't live near a lake to get out and see if the fish are spawning late or what they are doing so I am absolutely lost and hope to adapt to their pattern soon

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Posted: Jun 14, 2018 - 02:29 pm


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I would agree that the water "was" colder however it is holding mid 70's on Chemong during the day. Algae is everywhere right now. More so than I remember. Water warmed up crazy fast with that heat wave we had a couple weeks ago.

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Michael Kerwin
Posted: Jun 14, 2018 - 07:09 pm


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When I was in Parry Sound District with Knuguy last week fishing some back lakes for lakers and walleye, we caught and released some smallies up shallow early in the day. I caught a good 2 pounder offshore at mid-day while slowly trolling a swimbait on a 1 oz. jig head in a canoe with lots of line out; couldn't say exactly what depth it was at but it was definitely a mid-depth range in a lake whose average depth is 12 metres. My hunch is that the smallmouth spawned a while ago.

Thanks again for your insights and good luck this weekend if you're getting out!

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Henricus
Posted: Jun 17, 2018 - 10:13 pm


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How did you make out and is there a site showing the results?


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Posted: Jun 18, 2018 - 08:04 am


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QUOTE (Henricus @ Jun 17, 2018 - 10:13 pm)
How did you make out and is there a site showing the results?

We fished the Curve lake tourney. Finished 9th with 14.65 lbs. Cashed a cheque to start the season.

Caught a few on the livetarget frog, some came flipping a craw around weed clumps and docks. We caught a few on the good old reliable senko too. All our fish came from water less than 3 feet deep.

Corey and Chris Johnston won with over 22lbs. Unbelievable anglers !!

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Attila
Posted: Jun 18, 2018 - 11:40 am


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Ya, they're tough to beat...good showing there though, sounds like a fun time and always nice to cash a cheque!

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Posted: Jun 18, 2018 - 01:31 pm


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I had a pretty good opener on Tri-lakes. I also fished mighty mucks tourney had 13.59 I believe finished top 15. Lost a 4+ smallie in the morning along with a brand new Pflueger Patriarch reel and a brand new Villian rod at blast off... so boys and girls always remember to strap your rods to the deck of the boat!

Caught most of my fish with my eyes closed either on a swimbait.. black kawartha tackle jig or senko.


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Posted: Jun 18, 2018 - 06:37 pm


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Its good to see everyone having a good opener. Mine was not as good. I am new to pigeon lake and I caught a few small ones and a musky. NO pics as all fish were small.

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Henricus
Posted: Jun 18, 2018 - 10:45 pm


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Wow, 22lbs is awesome. Hell, compared to my day anything over 10lbs was awesome.

Nice work all.

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Posted: Jun 19, 2018 - 03:17 am


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Pigeon was not so kind to me, lots of numbers but no size. I think next year I'll spend the entire day working deep weed lines instead, as I simply haven't figured out where the big girls go this time of year.

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Posted: Jun 19, 2018 - 10:19 am


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The johnston bros continue to amaze me. 22.5lbs. They smash the kawarthas. Smash lake simcoe. And Chris had a win on the Harris chain of lakes earlier in the year.

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