October 7th, 2014
Baptiste Lake August 2012by Grant Pentiricci September 1, 2012
Species Target: Largemouth Bass
- Conditions: Temperature 27c
- Precipitation: 0mm
- Wind: 10-15km/hr SSE
- Scattered Thunderstorms clearing in the evening
Baptiste lake has Largemouth bass, Smallmouth bass, Walleye, Pike and Muskie. I was targeting Bass on this trip although Pike seem to be by far the most aggressive and numerous of the sport fish. I launched at the public launch in Redmond Bay. Its located on South Baptiste Lake at the causeway. The launch is gravel and does not have a dock. There is limited parking along the road. I fished several areas and found that pike were attacking topwater baits very aggressively all throughout the day. Pike were found in weedy bays that were 9-12 feet deep. Pike were also in the shallower areas where there was a lot of laydowns and grass.
Smallmouth Bass were caught off of rocky points. They were caught using bright colors using spinner baits as well as chatter baits. White and chartreuse were the best.
Largemouth Bass were found by fishing weedy areas as well as structure such as lay downs. Swimming jigs in natural colors was found to be effective. Because the bass were active topwaters were also effective in heavy cover. Some great topwater hits made for exciting evening fishing.
Fishing for Bass you are most certainly going to run into a few hungry Pike as they seem to almost infest Baptiste. For Bass use spinnerbaits, and jigs. Colour depends on the activity of the fish. If fish are active and the weather is cloudy- use bright colours and fast baits. If fish seem inactive- use natural colours and slower, more natural moving baits.
For Pike I would try trolling with spoons or inline spinners. Early morning and late in the evening seemed to be the best times to catch fish during my time on Baptiste.
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Grant is the Founder of AnglingAuthority.com. While he primarily fishes for large mouth and small mouth bass, he’s passionate about sport fishing in general and an avid multispecies angler. Learning about new tactics, gear, species and conditions is all part of what makes the sport challenging and enjoyable. Grant also loves to travel, particularly to prime fishing destinations. Grant participates in regional tournaments and is a proud pro staff member of State Apparel, Power-Pole and Gambler Lures. Grant is a member of B.A.S.S, Canadian Bass Anglers Federation and Ontario Federation of Anglers & Hunters.More by Grant Pentiricci