Ottawa Bass Fishing

Ottawa Bass Fishing        

Dows Lake

Petrie Island

Eccolands Park


Mississippi Lake

Bate Island

New Edinburgh Park

Victoria Island

Mooney’s Bay

Billings Bridge



Largemouth anglers will feel right at home in Ottawa, as many of the area waterways sport expansive surface cover, docks and laydowns, and mile-long weedlines. Heavy tackle is recommended for this thick stuff, with baitcast and flipping rods getting the nod. Fourteen to 20-pound-test mono, or higher rated braid will work to your advantage. Flipping jigs, Texas-rigged worms, lizards and creature baits, and “jerk-style” plastic worms all produce well. Topwater frogs, spook-style baits, and plastic toads will often elicit heart-pounding strikes.

For smallmouths, 3-inch smoke, brown and pumpkin tubes are standard, as are large, white willow-leaf spinnerbaits and popper-style topwaters. Jigs are best fished with spinning gear, on 6 to 8-pound-test line. Many of the area lakes and rivers contain clear water, so finesse-type tactics will often produce for finicky fish.







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