Fishing on Weslemkoon Lake


Landing a largemouth

By Ashley Rae — Summer is flying by in the blink of an eye but I’m grateful to have some fun memories to look back on while exploring Lennox & Addington County over the past few weeks. My latest adventure leads me to the north part of the region to see what species we could find while fishing on Weslemkoon Lake.


A Variety of Species

Weslemkoon Lake is located in Addington Highlands near Denbigh, Ontario. It holds a variety of species including: smallmouth and largemouth bass, lake trout, perch, crappie, and sunfish. I also read that the lake is home to brook trout. Weslemkoon is a scenic rocky lake dotted with many islands, bays to explore. The lake is 19.3 kilometers in length and 2.5 kilometers wide, reaching depths of up to 180 feet. Eric and I launched our boat at Four Loons Marina in Gilmour, with our pup Blitz joining us.

Blitz - web.jpgBlitz is always up for any fishing adventure!


Big Bass Found Here

This was not my first visit to Weslemkoon Lake as I fished here in a bass tournament years ago. If I recall correctly, one of the anglers caught a 6-pound smallmouth during the event. While checking in to the marina to use the boat launch, I noticed a plaque on the wall inscribed with ‘Four Loons Big Bass Contest’ dating back to 1992. Largemouth and smallmouth bass ranging in size from 3-pounds up to 7-pounds were listed which added to my excitement. I had hope we would cross paths with some big bass on this trip!


Starting with Smallmouth

We started the day off targeting smallmouth bass by working our way along rocky shorelines using Ned Rigs, jerk baits, and drop shots. We found plenty of eager smallies willing to eat anything we threw their way, it seemed! Eric also picked up a couple bonus black crappie.

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A nice little smallie caught on a Rapala Shadow Rap Deep.

A Little Laker Action

As we navigated around the lake, we passed over some deeper water (50 to 90 feet) spotting some fish showing up on the Humminbird sonar. Knowing Weslemkoon is home to lake trout, we circled back and dropped down some Sebile Vibrato (blade baits) to see if we could entice any bites. Eric spotted a bigger fish on the sonar higher up in the water column. He dropped down to it with his blade bait. We watched the sonar as the fish charged up and smashed his bait! Unfortunately as quickly as it hit, the fish broke him off leaving our imaginations to run wild on what could have been. I think he’ll be haunted about this one for awhile. We continued to chase lakers for a little while longer, and I was able to land this beautiful little guy on a Sebile Vibrato.

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Such pretty colours on this guy!

Lastly, Largemouth

With only a few hours left of daylight, we headed back towards the marina to finish out the day chasing largemouth bass. There are plenty of docks, vegetation, and fallen trees to hold largies on this lake. We threw some top water frogs over lily pads, Chatterbaits over the submerged vegetation, and Ned Rigs and flipping jigs around fallen trees and docks. This was a fun lake to fish!

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I casted between patches of lily pads and picked up this largemouth.

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Eric’s jerkbait largie! We also picked up some bonus largemouth mixed in with smallmouth when exploring rocky points.


We’ll Be Back

Although sometimes the most memorable moment of the day is the one that got away, it’s what inspires further exploration! I look forward to getting to know Weslemkoon Lake better and hopefully connecting with some of the giants that roam there!


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