Kawartha and Central Ontario Bass Action is HOT!
June 24 2016
Bass Season just opened and they are biting! With last weeks heat wave both Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass have quickly gone into their mid-summer patterns. Bass are shallow and active right now!
October 31st 2015
Thanks to all of Bass Class’s amazing clients this year! This has been one of the best years on record for numbers and size of fish. a phenomenal start to the season with Spring Pike action. Then a warm summer provided perfect conditions for fantastic Bass season. And a warm fall kept the Bass, Pike and Walleye biting late into the season. Looking forward to the 2016 season.
September 6th, 2015
Bass Class Founder and his tournament partner Tom Hardy win the CSFL National Classic on Sturgeon. This marks a back-to-back National Classic victory for Erik and Tom. The team battled against Ontario’s top 100 bass tournament teams over 3 days to clinch the title once again!
July 1st, 2015
Wow what a fantastic week of Bass Fishing! Largemouth are munching big time in the shallows, and smallmouth are cruising the shallow flats looking for food. All areas of Ontario are now open for Bass, get out and enjoy! Still getting some big bonus Pike too.
Also, Erik Luzak and Tom Hardy of Bass Class took first place at CSFL’s Western Tour event on Lake Couchiching event on Sunday with 22.25 lbs with 5 Largemouth bass!
June 23rd, 2015
Bass Season is finally here! And what an amazing opening weekend it was in the Kawarthas (Zone 17)! Lots of hungry bass cruising around the shallows, and we managed to find some BIG spawned out females as well. Water temps are already over 70 deg, the bass fishing should keep getting better as the season progresses.
June 14th, 2015
Spring Pike and Walleye action was incredible this year! The Pike stayed shallow right though to mid June, and the Walleye action on deep weedlines was hot! Thanks to everyone who came out to enjoy the early season Pike and Walleye (Pickerel), and Muskie in the Kawarthas, Orillia area, and Georgian Bay. Below are some pictures highlight the last couple months. Now bring on Bass Season!
Wow, what a fantastic start to the 2015 season! The water temps are just starting to hit the mid 60’s in most back bays, causing the spring Pike action to turn on! We found many back bays this weekend loaded with pike, catching 50+ hungry Pike per day, and finding a few monsters each day as well. Pike is only open on Georgian Bay, and Zone 17 (Kawartha Lakes). Kawarthas have more numbers per day, But Georgian Bay is your best bet for a Spring Monster!
Also, Cole Vardy is on the Spring Jumbo Perch Big time! Crushing the jumbos on Lake Simcoe. He had the opportunity to take out Jonas Valanciunas from the Toronto Raptors to join in on the action!
February 1st, 2015
Spring is on its way! Pike is now open year around in Zone 17 (Kawartha Lakes), as soon as the Ice is out, and the shallows start to warm up (usually end of April or first week of May), the Pike will be feeding heavily! Expect some incredible Spring Pike action this spring with the milder winter!
Walleye (Pickerel) season opens May 9th 2014 in Zone 17th (Kawartha Lakes, Central Ontario). The Walleye action is usually best during the first few weeks of season, as the male Walleye need to feed up after spawning. Then the bigger Females start turning on later into May and early June.
Bass Season is now open a WEEK EARLIER in Zone 17 (Kawartha Lakes)! Opening day for Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass is June 20th 2015. The first week will be amazing bass action! Reserve your day now.
Bass Season opens June 27th 2018 everywhere else (Georgian Bay, Lake Simcoe etc). Smallmouth action is second to none during the early post spawn season on the Big Water lakes.
Looking forward to a phenomenal 2015 fishing season!
September 29th, 2014
September 21st, 2014
Fall Action is in here! With the water temps dropping, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Pike and Walleye are “putting the feedbag on” making for some awesome action! Get out and enjoy the fall fishing in Central Ontario, Georgian Bay, Kawarthas, and Muskoka!
September 15th 2014
This past weekend truly meant a lot to me. It was 17 years ago (age 11) when I fished my first tournament. It was a Junior Bassmaster event on Cameron Lake Fenelon Falls, ON. Tyler Waring and I won the tournament with 4.8lb Smallie as our kicker. This officially set my mind on becoming a successful Tournament Angler. The following year I fished my first Bassmania (CSFL) event; Cameron Lake BM100 Series, with my Dad. We weighed in 3 fish for about 6 lbs total (not sure where we placed, but it was near the bottom). Who knew that 16 years later, I would win my first Classic on the same Lake, in my hometown of Fenelon Falls! This year has been incredible, from achieving our second straight Team Of the Year title, to winning the National Classic (a lifelong dream and goal of mine). I couldn’t have asked to do it with a better fishing partner than Tom Hardy. Thanks everyone for all your support and kind words. Thanks to my sponsors Okuma, Live Target, Northland Tackle, Tuf Line, Ego Nets, and Salus Marine Wear. And special thanks to the Pallota Family, who work incredibly hard at promotion the sport of Fishing and organizing the best Tournament series in Ontario www.csfl.ca.
Aug 31st 2014
What a fantastic week! Summer is still here, the weather is great, water temps are up, and the fish are biting! Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass are on fire right now. Pike and Walleye are starting to turn on again too. Get out and enjoy the rest of summertime action!
Aug 18th 2014
We powered through a nasty cold front and prevailed with some incredible results. Always remember the fish are still there during cold fronts, you may just have to alter your technique. Warmer weather now, and the bass are returning to their normal summer Habits.
August 9th 2014
This amazing summer weather has the bass fired up! Largemouth Bass are very active in the shallow areas, and Smallmouth Bass are crushing bait in the open water. Get out and enjoy this spectacular mid-summer bass action in the Kawartha Lakes, Georgian Bay and Muskoka areas.
July 31st 2014
Despite the recent cold front the bass fishing has been great! Smallmouth Bass are on Fire right now around most of Central Ontario, Georgian Bay, Muskoka, and Kawarthas. Bass are still cruising around their shallow feeding areas most days.
July 21st 2014
Summer bass action is at its finest! The weather has been a bit all over the place lately, but the fishing has still been amazing. Largemouth and Smallmouth are in their Summer spots and are feeding heavily. Topwater Frogs, Poppers, Senkos and flipping jigs have been working the best.
July 11th 2014
It has been a busy week for Bass Class… and it was a fantastic one! Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass are on fire in the Kawartha Lakes, Central Ontario and Georgian Bay. Get out will the action is hot!
July 7th 2014
The Bass Action is really heating up now! Largemouth Bass are aggressively cruising the shallow weedy bays, and Smallmouth Bass are hunting on the rocky shoals. Georgian Bay, Central Ontario (Orillia area) and the Kawartha Lakes are all on fire right now! The action will keep getting better as the water temps keep rising. Still a few Hungry Muskie lurking in the shallows too!
June 23rd 2014:
The much anticipated opening Bass Weekend in Zone 17 (Kawartha Lakes) did not disappoint! Largemouth and Smallmouth bass are packed in the shallows and feeding big time! Very fun fishing as you can catch fish on a variety of techniques; anything from topwater to jigs. Get out and take advantage of the early season bass action!
June 15th 2014:
An amazing fathers day weekend, and the fish cooperated. The big Pike are still very active, and hitting spinners and spoons. Walleye (Pickerel) are hitting quite good right now too. Catching them from the shallow flats on Spinners, to the deep weedlines on Bucktail jigs. Oh ya, Kawartha Muskie are hungry right now too! Congrats to Daryl for his personal best 48″ 25lb Muskie!
Bass Season opens this weekend, June 21st 2014… call now to book your bass outing!
June 8th 2014:
What a fantastic week! The weather was great, as was the Pike and Walleye action! Water is warming up, which is helping the weeds grow… finally. This is making the it easier to locate Walleye (Pickerel) cruising on the 9′ to 12′ weedlines. Pike are still very hungry, and lurking on the deeper weedlines and weedflats.
May 31st 2014:
Current warm weather has really helped the weed growth, making the Pike and Walleye easier to find. Pike are now in the 5-8ft range, and Walleye are being caught anywhere from 11′ to 20′. Get out while the action is hot!
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May 19th 2014:
The Pike and Walleye are on fire! Getting some big female Pike hitting Spinnerbaits now, which are still cruising the shallow waters. And catching about 30 pike per day! The Walleye (Pickerel) are now loading up on the deep weedlines. Walleye are hitting Jig with minnow (artificial) and Bucktail Jigs. Starting to really smash em; 15-25 Walleye per day!
May 8th 2014:
The shallow water has finally heated up and the Pike have turned on! Had an amazing day today catching over 25 aggressive Pike in the Kawarthas! Hard hitting, crazy fighting fish most in the 25″ to 30″ range. Catching the majority in 2-5 feet of water using fast, flashy lures (Spinnerbaits, Spinners, Spoons, Topwater). Tons of fun!
March 1st 2014:
Spring is on its way (Supposedly)! Pike is now open year around in Zone 17 (Kawartha Lakes), as soon as the Ice is out, and the shallows start to warm up, the Pike will be feeding heavily! Expect some incredible Spring Pike action this year with higher than usual water levels.
Walleye (Pickerel) season opens May 10th 2014 in Zone 17th (Kawartha Lakes). The Walleye action is usually best during the first few weeks of season, as the male Walleye need to feed up after spawning. Then the bigger Females start turning on later into May and early June.
Bass Season is now open a WEEK EARLIER in Zone 17 (Kawartha Lakes)! Opening day for Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass is June 21st 2014. The first week will be amazing bass action! Reserve your day now.
Bass Season opens June 28th 2014 everywhere else (Georgian Bay, Lake Simcoe etc). Smallmouth action is second to none during the early post spawn season on the Big Water lakes.
Looking forward to a phenomenal 2014 fishing season!
November 1st 2013:
Bass Class is very excited to announce the addition of Tom Hardy to the team. Tom is an accomplished tournament angler, and has over 15 years experience fishing the Georgian Bay and Lake Simcoe regions for Bass and Pike. Tom is an extremely knowledgeable angler, with a very high attention to detail. His fun and outgoing personality will serve him well as a Bass Class instructor and guide.
Sept 28th 2013:
The Fall action is really heating up now! The current warm weather after last weeks cold has really turned the Bass onto their fall feed bag! Water temps are in the mid 60’s and Bass can still be found shallow hunting down bait fish. Pike are turning on now too, usually catching one or two big pike a day mixed in with the 20 plus big bass per day. Get out while its still nice out and the fish are biting!
Sept 15th 2013:
It was an amazing Tournament season for Bass Class owner/operator Erik Luzak and his Tournament partner Tom Hardy. They captured the CSFL Northwestern Division 2013 Team of the Year title. Adding to that great accomplishment, on September 13-15 2013 they came from behind to finished 2nd in the CSFL National Classic on Lake Simcoe and Couchiching! The team weighed in 15 Bass over the three days for a total weight of 59 pounds, included the Big Bass of the day on day three.
Sept 12th 2013:
Big Bass and Pike are really starting to feed now! Georgian Bay Smallmouth bass are schooling up and feeding heavily on bait fish. Crankbaits and Drop Shots have been catching lots of big fish. Orillia area lakes have also bee great for Big Pike and Smallmouth Bass. Take advantage of the BIG FISH fall action while the weather is still nice!
Sept 2nd 2013:
Well its September, and you know what that means…. BIG BASS! After a fantastic August, the water temps are still warm (low to mid 70’s) and the Big Bass are turning on the feed bag. The bass are still shallow, and are eating everything they can!
August 20th 2013:
Summer isn’t over yet! The big bass have really been turned on from this warm weather we have been receiving! Largemouth are holding tight to cover still, and the Smallmouth are schooling up on mid-lake shoals and rock piles… even a few bonus Muskie are being caught! Below are some pictures from some of the great trips over the last week. Click image to enlarge
August 9th 2013:
The big bass are really starting to bite now! Everyday this week was great with some big 4+ pound bass each day. The water temperature is perfect, weeds are nice and thick, and the Bass are biting.
August 5th 2013:
Fishing has been great and there is still so much summer left! Bass, Bass, Bass…. what more can we say!? The colder nights have moved some of the bass deeper in the morning, making the 5′ to 8′ weedlines very productive. Then the warm afternoon sun heats up the shallows making docks, trees, and shallow weeds turn on.
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July 24th 2013:
The Bass are very active right now. With the hot spell we had last week, the waters warmed up quickly, and now the air temps have dropped a bit making it more enjoyable to be on the water all day…. this means incredible fishing and comfortable weather! Bass are shallow, making them easier to catch. Doing very well around docks, trees, lily pads for Largemouth bass, and Smallmouth bass are cruising the shallow rock and sand flats. Several Great outings this week full of Big Bass!!!
July 21st 2013:
Very honored today to take out Fred Kastner from Balsam Lake Villa Cottages. Fred is 2 weeks away from his 90th birthday, and has been on Balsam Lake for 47 years! A truly wonderful day of great stories and big bass. Anyone looking for a great place to stay on the water in the Kawartha Lakes, we highly recommend checking out www.balsamlakevillacottages.com.
July 10th 2013:
This summer just keeps getting better and better! Starting with a 19.35 pound 5 bass limit good for Second place for Erik Luzak and Jason Kairetz on Sturgeon Lake in the Lindsay Bassmasters Open Tournament. Then followed by several amazing outings with lots of bass and big ones too! Soft Plastic lures have been the key for the Largemouth, and topwater lures have been getting the Smallmouth to bite!
July 1st 2013:
The Bass fishing has been amazing. The Largemouth Bass are sitting in their summer spots now and are easy to target while the big Smallmouth Bass are cruising around the rocks and sand flats feeding heavily. As you can see from the pictures below, our last several trips have been very successful! Lots of fish each day and several big fish each day!
June 25th 2013:
The Bass action keeps getting better and better. The water is warming up (as high as 78 in some areas now) and the bass are really turning on because of it. Both Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass have been shallow, 1 to 6 feet of water, and are hitting topwater, flipping jigs, Weedless Soft plastics, etc. Continuing to catch over 20 bass per day, and the average size is going up!
Below are some pictures of the last few days. (Reminder: Bass Class promotes Catch and Release, all these fish were released to catch again another day)
June 19th 2013:
Bass season opened on Saturday June 15th in Zone 17 (Kawartha Lakes) and the action was great! Despite the unseasonably low water temperatures, Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass were shallow and aggressive. We had several incredible days with over 20 bass a day ranging from 1 to 4 pounds. Topwater LiveTarget Frogs, and weedless soft plastic lures were the key to success.
June 7th 2013:
The action is HOT HOT HOT right now! Walleye are hitting very well. catching them from 8 to 12 ft on weedlines using Jigs. Caught over 30 Walleye (all released) in 8 hours on Wednesday this week!! Pike are also going nuts! On Thursday we caught 57 Pike (all released) on Spinners and spoons. And congrats to Ron for a new personal best of 28 Pike in one day!
June 3rd 2013:
The recent warm and humid weather has really turned the Walleye and Pike on! Water temps are up to the mid 60’s now and the Walleye and Pike action is the best its been all spring! Each outing this week we landed nearly 20 of either Pike or Walleye depending which species was targeted each day.
May 29th 2013:
The Walleye are really starting to heat up now! They are roaming the weedlines in 9 to 12 feet of water, and are eating any Jig they come across Bucktail Jigs and Imitation Minnows on a Ball Head Jig have been the most productive. Spring Pike action is still great! Most of the Pike have moved out from the shallow back bays now, and are haunting the weeds in 5 to 8 ft of water waiting for bait to pass.
May 15th 2013:
Had an amazing day taking out Anders Torres, Angel Pagan, and Marco Scutaro (and Coach Bill Hayes not in picture) from the SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS for some Spring Pike! It was a cold, windy day, but still had a blast and caught some nice fish! These guys take fishing almost as seriously as they do Baseball. Pictured from left to right, Erik Luzak, Anders Torres, Angel Pagan, Marco Scutaro.
May 4th 2013:
Spring Pike action is amazing! First day out for the season was over 20 degrees with pure sun and light winds, and the Pike were hitting hard! Here is a picture of a nice 30″er. Caught 12 nice pike through out the day. Most were hitting in-line spinners, some fell for the good ol’ silver spoon. All fish were in less that 5′ of water, making for exciting site fishing action!
New for 2013:
New Bass Boat! 21′ Ranger 521V with a 250 Mercury Opti-max.
New Fishing Regulations for 2013:
Ontario Zone 17 (Kawartha Lakes) Bass season now starts a week earlier. June 15th 2013 is the new opening day for Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass. The new first week of Bass season is going to be amazing, the Bass will be hungry and abundant! Call or Email now to reserve your day of Bass action with Bass Class; spots will fill up quickly.
Pike in Zone 17 are open year-round now since 2012. As soon as the ice is out, the HOT Pike action begins!
Walleye opens May 11th 2013. Kawarha Lakes Walleye fishing is second to none through-out May and June.
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