Fri. Feb 23rd, 2024

Today’s post comes from multi-species angler and writer Ashley Rae of SheLovesToFish.com.

A few years ago I helped organize a bass fishing tournament on Lake Sharbot. As an event organizer, I didn’t have the opportunity to fish there, but I did see some nice-sized bass being weighed in (and released, of course).

This summer I finally decided to spend some time exploring and fishing in Sharbot Lake Provincial Park to see if I could find my own monster bass!

About Sharbot Lake

Gravel road leading to view of Lake Sharbot.

The park is located on Highway 7, less than an hour and a half west of Ottawa and just over an hour north of Kingston. The park almost surrounds Black Lake and also overlooks a northwest section of Sharbot Lake.

It’s not too far from my home in Ottawa, but it’s still far enough from the countryside that it’s quiet and provides a nice escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.

With my larger boat in a deep V shape, I headed to the larger of the two lakes: Sharbot. Black Lake is smaller and more sheltered, ideal for smaller boats and canoes/kayaks. I had bass on my mind and brought my pup Blitz and my fishing buddy Eric.

find the fish

This was our first time on Lake Sharbot, so we started by reviewing a map and focusing on areas that have both shallow and deeper water nearby.

As the season progresses, bass will be more spread out, but are generally found not far from where they spawn (usually in shallow water) in early to mid-summer. When I got out of the truck to see the boat launch, I was pleased with how clear the water was.

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The park has a nice boat launch on Lake Sharbot that is a mix of gravel and concrete, along with docks. Spending long days on the water, I always take note of where the nearest bathrooms are located and found an outhouse just a short walk from the boat.

With a temperature drop overnight and a storm on the way to Sharbot Lake Provincial Park, I wasn’t sure how active the fish would be. Sometimes a cold front can mean it is best to slow down presentations as the fish are not as active.

Techniques

The good news is that although conditions had changed drastically from the day before, we still caught a lot of fish and they were quite active. We just had to find a pattern that worked and duplicate it.

Working together, Eric and I covered the inside and edges of the weed lines. We threw weedless spinning jigs (to fish right in the middle of the weeds) and then Chatterbaits and Ned Rigs on the edge and outside the weed lines. We fished pretty fast and covered the water catching largemouth and smallmouth bass.

Close up of sea bass with lure in mouth

The rocky points held more smallmouths, and the largemouths tended to be in the shallower vegetation. Focusing on healthy, green weeds is key as they produce more oxygen and tend to hold more fish as a result.

Lake Sharbot is a beautiful place with many rocky islands and sandbanks. If you’re new to the area, be sure to keep an eye out for the sandbars, which for the most part seemed to be marked with white buoys.

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We explored the lake, fished within bays and around islands, landed and released a good number of bass. I didn’t catch any monsters, but that’s how you fish sometimes.

Knowing they are out there guarantees another return trip to Sharbot Lake Provincial Park very soon!