Pictures of the Day: Big and Shallow

Hawk Lake Lodge

There’s nothing small about these smallmouths.

photo courtesy Ted Putnam

Ted Putnam of Hawk Lake Lodge in Western Ontario, sent us a couple pictures from the early season’s adventures:

As we got ready to open up for the season last month, we began exploring the lakes. While we expected gigantic pike to be shallow, we were shocked to find many large smallmouth bass on shallow points, sometimes in less than three feet of water. The picture above shows two of our guides (Andrew Downey and Dan Leyderman) who had a double catch of near identical 18-inch, 5-pound smallmouths, caught in just 4 feet of water. This bodes very well for the rest of the summer, as the smallmouth spawn should be significantly accelerated, meaning the best early-season fishing ever.

The lakers have been fishing well, too. This 30-inch, 12-pound lake trout was also caught (and released)by guide Ryan Tyler in shallow water on Hawk Lake, when the water temperature was 42 degrees.

Hawk Lake 2

Early in the season, lake trout are shallow and will take a fly.

photo courtesy Ted Putnam

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