Smallmouth Bass Fishing in Canada

For a wild and fun fishing experience come chase down the smallmouth bass at Halley’s Camps on the English River. Ranging in size from 10 to 23 inches, smallmouth bass are known for the fight to get them into the boat. Smallmouth bass fishing in Canada is one of the most exciting fishing adventures you can take, and Halley’s Camps has everything you need to get on the water. Book your trip today!

A beautiful smallmouth bass in the boat

Finding Bass

Smallmouth bass are a fun, action packed fish ranging in size from 10 to 23 inches. They are caught in shallow waters during the fishing season. In the spring they’ll attack anything—including your bait—that comes near their shallow spawning beds. Later in the season you’ll find them in about 15-20 feet of water, near reefs or rocky shoals. Our stretch of the English River is full of perfect for smallmouth bass fishing.

A pair of smallmouth bass in the boat

Catching Bass

To catch smallmouth bass we recommend Mepps size 2 or 3 in silver, chartreuse, or black; shallow crank baits, small or medium, in orange, blue and white; or top water baits like poppers in green, black, and silver. For the days when the bass aren’t shallow, deeper running crank baits, plastics (twister tails and tube jigs), and live bait work well.

A great late-season bass in the boat.

Fishing Tips

Seasonality is the key when fishing for smallmouth bass in Canada. Depending on the time of year bass will seek out leeches, crayfish or minnows—keep your tackle box stocked with artificial baits that mimic those species, or choose live baits. And you can’t go wrong with a pair of polarized sunglasses for watching those shallow waters, no matter what time of year.

Some of the best fishing in Canada happens at Halley’s. Don’t believe us?    Check out our 2022 Trophy Fishing list »


Where to Stay

Fly-in to one of Halley's all-inclusive lodges.

All-Inclusive Lodges

Choose from One Man Lake Lodge or Kettle Falls Lodge for your all-inclusive trip to Canada. The smallmouth bass fishing at both lodges is amazing, and you’ll have plenty of opportunity to try your hand at walleye or northern pike fishing.

Boat-in to Halley's Dufault Island cabin.

Boat-In Cabin

Who needs to fly? Boat-in! Take a fishing vacation like no other when you stay at our outpost on Dufault’s Island. You’ll drive to our lodge at Caribou Falls Landing, from where we’ll take you, via boat, five miles north to Dufault Island where the smallmouth bass are always biting!

Drive-in to Halley's Caribou Falls Landing

Drive-In Cabins

Set your own schedule and fish at your own pace when you stay at our drive-in cabins at Caribou Falls Landing, an amazing Canadian fishing resort surrounded by the abundant English River. Get ready to catch the biggest smallmouth bass you’ve ever seen!

Fly-in to one of Halley's remote fly-in fishing cabins.

Fly-In Cabins

Focus on nothing but catching bass when you stay at one of our 8 remote fly-in cabins known for fantastic smallmouth fishing. Whether you’re fishing right off the dock, from one of our daily fly-out lakes, or on any of our portage lakes, the bass are biting! Your dream fishing vacation is waiting.


Book Your Fishing Trip Now!

Ready to experience some of the best smallmouth bass fishing in Canada? Whether you desire all the comfort and luxury of a lodge or the escape and adventure of an outpost experience, Halley’s Camps offers something unique for everyone.

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