A little about Lake of the Woods

This weekend is going to be a special one for bass anglers across the region as the Shaw Kenora Bass International tournament starts tomorrow (Aug. 9) on Lake of the Woods.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of Sunset Country’s original bass tournament. When the KBI started back in 1988, organizers initially wanted to run a walleye tournament on the lake but at the recommendation of Gord Pyzer and other Ministry of Natural Resources employees, a bass tournament was started.
The rest is history.
Over the years, the KBI tournament has become one of the most prestigious open, team bass tournaments in North America and has been the major reason why many anglers in our area have switched some of their focus from walleyes, lake trout and other species to bass.
Plenty of great memories and friendships have been formed at this tournament over the years.
The great thing about having a tournament on Lake of the Woods is that it is such a huge body of water.
There are over 14,000 islands on the lake and more shoreline than Lake Superior. So naturally, there is no shortage of places to fish!
As I write this on Monday night, my partner for the weekend Chris Savage and I are working on putting a game plan together for the weekend.
We spent all day on the water fishing an area of the lake that we have actually never fished before.
Though we didn’t have great results we did learn a few things that might help us out at some point down the road.
We’ll have spent Tuesday and Wednesday on the water as well, trying to figure out where the most big fish are and the best way to catch them.
We really try to find a hot area and then break it down so that we aren’t running all over the lake when the tournament starts. We’d rather spend more time with a bait in the water than driving all over the lake.
There will be plenty of stuff going on for the entire family this weekend at the SKBI. Tomorrow night there will be an all-ages Family Date Night starting at 7 p.m. after the weigh-ins are finished on day one. The new movie The Lorax will be playing on the big screen so bring your kids down to the tent.
On Friday night, the Winnipeg band Free Ride will play a live show starting at 7 p.m. and then on Saturday night the “Big Bass Bash” will take place following the final weigh-in. Kenora’s Dave Caissy and The All-Stars will play live music to close out the weekend.
These are all free admission events taking place at the new White Cap Pavilion Tent on the Harbourfront.
During each day of the tournament, the Kids KBI Tournament will be taking place on the docks.
This 25th anniversary tournament is also a special one for a good friend of many of the anglers fishing this weekend.
Kenora’s Frank McClymont is fishing the tournament for the 25th time, which only a short-list of anglers can lay claim to.
Frank is the only angler to have fished all of the SKBI tournaments and Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship tournaments, which is quite an accomplishment!
Adding further significance to this weekend is that Frank is in the battle of his life with cancer.
He is fishing this weekend with his grandson, Ethan, and has been working extremely hard to make it happen, he has been a big inspiration to a lot of us that are fishing!
On behalf of all of the anglers, we truly wish you all the best this weekend Frank! Have fun!

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