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Ontario bass

Bassin' around Ontario

From deep weed edges to skinny-water bays

We recently put another issue of Outdoor Canada to bed, so we’ve finally been able to spend some quality time aboard the magazine’s official fishing machine for 2015, a new Alumacraft Trophy 195 LE. Our main target species have been smallmouth and largemouth bass, and the boat has certainly put us on the fish.

Not only does the Trophy handle well on big water, such as Lake Simcoe, it can also navigate surprisingly skinny water using the bow-mounted MinnKota (see photo above). And the bimini top has been a godsend on some of the baking-hot days we’ve had of late. Here are a few recent photos from our time on the water.

The Trophy 195 trailers well, and so far it's travelled to Muskoka, Haliburton and Lake Simcoe, with plenty more fishing adventures to come this season.
The Trophy 195 trailers well, and so far it’s travelled to Muskoka, Haliburton and Lake Simcoe, with plenty more fishing adventures to come this season.
Skinny water
There’s loads of casting room on the Trophy 195, and as you can see, the boat can handle getting you in and out of the slop.
Fishing with Rob Pye
Rob Pye from the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters recently joined editor-in-chief Patrick Walsh for a day of bassin’ in Haliburton.
Editor-in-chief Patrick Walsh and some nice Lake Simcoe largemouths.
Editor-in-chief Patrick Walsh and some nice Lake Simcoe largemouths.
In the canes
Fishing the canes on Lake Simcoe for largemouth bass.
Patrick Walsh

Patrick Walsh

Patrick Walsh is Outdoor Canada's Editor-in-Chief and Brand Manager. He grew up fishing and hunting in Bracebridge, Ontario, where he began his magazine career in 1983 as assistant editor of Muskoka Life magazine. Since then, he has worked for a variety of media, both in Canada and abroad, earning numerous writing and editing awards. In 2005, 2011 and 2012, the Canadian Society of Magazine Editors named him Editor of the Year, while Outdoor Canada was honoured as Magazine of the Year (in the medium circulation category). Walsh has been at the magazine's helm since 2000.