Bass Fishing Equipment
Smallmouth bass can typically be found in the more open water toward the lake's mid- to deep-depth regions. When fishing for Westwood Lake's smallmouth, use a standard six-foot spinning rod with a 10-pound test line. If fishing for largemouth, you'll find them near the docks as well as the heavily vegetated regions along the shore. Use a standard seven-foot rod with 20-pound test line. For either type of bass, jigs or plastic worms in dark, subdued colors such as gray, black or purple work well.
Westwood Lake is near numerous sporting goods and tackle stores. Many sell limited supplies of live bait, which often performs better than artificial bait. Common live baits found on Vancouver Island include leeches and nightcrawlers. Attach the live bait beneath your float and cast as usual.
Get a B.C. Fishing License
When fishing for bass at Westwood Lake, you must possess a current fishing license issued by British Columbia. You may purchase the license at the sporting good stores on Vancouver Island, from the province's Fish and Wildlife Department, or at sporting goods stores on B.C.'s mainland in Vancouver or the Fraser Valley. As of September 2009, an annual fishing license for provincial residents is $36 CDN. Non-residents pay $55. If you are not a regular bass angler, save a considerable amount of money by purchasing a day pass for $20.
Fish and Wildlife Branch
P.O. Box 9391 Stn Prov Govt
Victoria, British Columbia V8W 9M8
Be Aware of Your Surroundings
Though popular among bass anglers, Westwood Lake is mostly a recreational swimming and camping area. Anglers will often find themselves competing for open water along with kayakers and swimmers. Not only do swimmers pose a risk when you are casting your line, but they will also scare the bass away. Try fishing in the lake's northern region away from the main lodging areas.
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