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Jeff Gustafson - Livewell

Last chance for lake trout

Bass fishing takes up a good chunk of my time, especially later in the summer and into fall when we have tournaments going on just about every weekend.

I really enjoy competing in these tournaments as many readers who follow this column already know.

That being said, I am pretty happy simply catching fish most of the time and that is why you'll find me fishing year round, both out of a boat and on the ice.

The lake trout season across Sunset Country closes every year at the end of September and opens back up again Jan. 1.

Great weekend in Sioux Narrows

The 23rd-annual “Bassin' For Bucks” tournament took place this past weekend in Sioux Narrows with another full field of 120 teams competing.

Known as one of the most popular bass tournaments in Northwest Ontario because of how well it is run, because there are a bunch of prizes to win and because folks enjoy spending the weekend in Sioux Narrows, the tournament went well again this year.

Since the tournament started back in 1996, I had actually fished the event every year with my good friend Mike Reid.

Summer is winding down

Growing up I always did pretty decent in school and once it got going I didn't hate school but I always hated this week of the year when it was time to end the two months of summer fun to head back to class.

We would have to move from camp back into town and instead of waking up and jumping in the boat, it was wake up, pack a lunch and hike to school.

Because our summers are so beautiful and we have such a long winters, this time of year is depressing for all of us in one way or another.

Great week fishing at Cayuga Lake

It has been a good trip to New York state.

When I left home a couple weeks ago for my back to back Bassmaster Elite Series events on the St. Lawrence River and Cayuga Lake I knew I needed to have a couple of good tournaments to turn my season around.

After a 12th-place finish at the St. Lawrence, which I was happy about, things went very well this past weekend at Cayuga Lake, located just south of the city of Syracuse in the middle of the state.

Good week at the St. Lawrence

Going into last week's Bassmaster Elite Series event on the St. Lawrence River, I was feeling quite a bit of pressure to have a good tournament.

I was sitting in 46th place in the 75 angler field through six tournaments of the 10-event season.

We get points based on where we finish in each event and at the end of the season the top 40 anglers qualify for the Bassmaster Classic tournament, which is the goal for most of the anglers fishing the circuit.

Another great KBI

The 31st-annual Kenora Bass International took place last week on Lake of the Woods and some impressive catches of bass, mostly smallmouths, were hauled across the stage at the Whitecap Pavilion.

Though no records were broken, the overall weights were likely the best the tournament has ever seen.

While all of the anglers were fishing over the first couple days of the tournament, I was driving to southern Ontario to get ready for a Bassmaster Elite series tournament this week on the St. Lawrence River.

KBI week on Lake of the Woods

The 31st-annual Kenora Bass International bass tournament is set to take off in Kenora tomorrow (Aug. 8) with teams looking to capture 15 bass over the three day event in hopes of taking home the $20,000 first place prize.

The KBI is the original bass tournament in Northwest Ontario. Originally, the idea was to have a walleye tournament on Lake of the Woods but because there was a great bass population in the lake and walleyes are a lot tougher to keep alive through a weigh-in procedure the early organizers decided they would put on a bass tournament and the rest is history.

Different year for walleye fishing

After a few weeks of staying busy with bass tournaments and a wedding I have been back to some fun fishing and guiding over the past week around home on Lake of the Woods.

I don't do a lot of guiding anymore but I do a few days here and there when I have a bit of free time. Most of my guests want to catch walleyes, then mix in some bass and occasionally other species.

While bass fishing is my favourite thing to do—mostly because I live for competing in tournaments—so I'm always hungry to learn new spots and techniques, I have no problem going walleye fishing.

Legends reign at Rainy Lake

It was a big weekend in Fort Frances as the community hosted the 25th-annual Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship last Thursday through Saturday.

The event, which has brought a lot of attention to Rainy Lake and its world-class smallmouth bass fishing over the years, is still going strong to the delight of anglers from all over North America.

Good weekend on Shoal Lake

It was a busy weekend for anglers across Sunset Country who enjoy tournament competition with three events taking place.

The Kenora Walleye Open kept the walleye anglers busy while bass anglers had choices with both the Lake Despair “Castin' For Cash” and Shoal Lake Big Bass Classic taking place.