May 31st B.C. Bass Fishing Report

May 31st B.C. Bass Fishing Report
May 31st B.C. Bass Fishing Report
Kootenays

Kootenay Lake
has been slow for Largemouth as it is taking a long time to warm up this year and water levels are high.  It should be another month at least until things start picking up here.

Duck Lake on the other hand has been downright hot.  Fish have been feeding aggressively on fast-moving baits, but remember that it is strictly catch and release until June 15th and afterwards anglers can only keep one over 40 cm.  This fishery has gone downhill in the past 10 years, and a stronger push towards catch and release will help it rebound. 

Vancouver Island

The spawn is in full-swing on the island, with some areas even reaching the post-spawn stage.  The abundant Smallmouth Bass are exceptionally vulnerable at this time of year, so it's not a bad idea to leave them alone on the beds and target deeper water bass, which may include the larger females.  Elk, Shawnigan, St. Mary's and Quennell are all definitely worth a shot, and if you're confined to the shore Thetis, Langford, and Long are all good bets as well. 

Lower Mainland

The spawn is just gearing up in the Lower Mainland, several weeks behind usual, and the big largies are up shallow and eating heavy.  Lakes like Mill, Hatzic, and Pitt are all fishing strong with fish in the 2 to 5 pound range common.  As always, weedless lures are the norm, as the lakes and ponds in the Fraser Valley sprout up quickly, so texas-rigged worms, chigger craws, and frog-type lures should have a place in any Lower Mainlander's tackle box. 

Okanagan

Skaha Lake is rapidly heating up and the Smallmouth are moving shallow.  With the spawn still a few degrees away, the bass will be feeding heavily in the shallows in preparation.  Drop-offs and rock piles are fish magnets  and fast-moving baits are as effective as they will be all year.

Vaseux Lake is also fishing well, with fish just beginning to spawn.  The lagoons off of the Okanagan River are off-limits until the end of June, but the rest of the lake is red-hot.  Look for big Largemouth cruising the shallows and Smallmouth stacking up off of rocky areas, and as always, if you catch a Largemouth over 10.5 pounds make sure to get it weighed on a certified scale and properly documented as a fish of this size would be a new Canadian record. 

Osoyoos Lake is also on fire as it is just hitting the peak of the spawn period.  Avoid shallow fish protecting beds, and instead target the big females lurking nearby.  Soft plastic baits always seem to work well in this lake, with crankbaits taking the occasional fish as well.  Just like Vaseux, a lunker bass could bite at any time, so have a plan in case you run into a new Canadian record. 

Smallmouth Bass abound in the warm waters of the South Okanagan.

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