Lynx and Vaughan Lake both have outstanding Smallmouth Bass fishing. Most lakes in Northwestern Ontario have similar conditions and habitat and can grow big Smallmouth Bass but our lakes are remote fly-in outpost lakes and due to low fishing pressure, they produce unusually large Smallmouth Bass and great numbers. Combining the rocky Canadian Shield structure with the fact that both lakes are constantly being fed food and fresh water from feeder streams, Lynx Lake and Vaughan Lake have Smallmouth Bass fishing just as good as any of the top Smallmouth Bass lakes in Ontario
Smallmouth Bass seem more common in the 1 to 3-pound range. The reason for this is Smallmouth Bass travel in hunting packs and when you come up on a shoal that the bass have taken command of, you will catch tons of them in the 1 to 3-pound range. Bigger Smallmouth Bass travel in mating pairs. Generally, they mate with a bass the same size so if you catch a 4 or 5-pound Smallmouth Bass, there will be another one in the same area.
Smallmouth Bass in the 4 to 5-pound range are caught frequently at our outpost lakes. If you are catching tons of small ones, you are in the wrong place if you are looking for a trophy. The bigger Smallmouth Bass not only travel in mating pairs; they stake out territories. If you come to a nice shoal or rocky point and you do not catch anything right away, it usually means there is a big pair in the area.
There are 6 and even 7-pound Smallmouth Bass in our lakes but they are rare, which is why they are considered trophies. When you find a spot that looks great and you do not catch anything, come back an hour later and be very quiet as to not spook them.
If you want you can work hard and catch 30 to 50 bass in a day. That would be from concentrating on areas with high populations of smaller bass. If you specifically want to catch a trophy bass, you need to sacrifice numbers and patiently fish the prime areas. If you are not catching small ones, then you know the big ones are there. Lac Seul is swarming with Smallmouth Bass. While Smallmouth Bass fishing, you will catch Walleyes and Northern Pike as well. If you find a prime bass area and do not catch anything, it might mean a giant Pike has moved into the area. If you exhaust all your bass techniques, throw on a big Pike lure and see what happens.