Protect Our Spawning Bass

It is illegal to target bass during the spawning period in June, even if you do not keep the fish. Because the fish are protecting the nest, they strike very readily. Catching and releasing the fish allows rock bass and other waiting predators to eat the eggs or young fish in the 2 to 3 minutes that it takes to catch and release the bass. Targeting bass during spawning is thoughtless and illegal and should be reported to the M.N.R.

Bass In Kushog Lake:

Largemouth and smallmouth bass are considered to be two of the most popular recreational fish species in Ontario.

Smallmouth bass spawn in the late spring-early summer. Male fish construct a nest and guard the eggs and swim-up fry after the female fish leaves. Smallmouth bass can live as long as 15 years and grow to weights of over 4 kg (9 lbs) although most angled bass are less than 1 kg (2 lbs.).

Largemouth bass prefer warmer, more nutrient-rich conditions than smallmouth bass. They also spawn during the late spring-early summer in quiet bays with emergent vegetation and submerged woody debris. Where largemouth and smallmouth bass coexist, largemouth bass often spawn slightly earlier than smallmouth bass. In Ontario, largemouth bass have been know to exceed 4.5 kg (10 lbs) in weight but the average catch of most anglers is 1 kg (2 lbs) or less.

It is common for smallmouth bass (which are a warm water species) to inhabit cold water lakes that contain lake trout.