MacSmith Lake (W, NP, SMB) is approximately 1.5 miles in length, with numerous islands and bays. For a smaller lake, it is surprisingly deep, with a large, mid-lake shoal. The lower part of the lake features stretches of rocky shoreline.
|The Macsmith Lake outpost camp accommodates six, but is better suited for parties of four or fewer. The vertical log cabin is equipped with propane appliances (refrigerator-freezer, lights, stove, BBQ), bunk beds, wood stove, table & chairs for six. The boats and 8-HP motors were among the best that the Northern Ontario Fisherman has ever used at outpost camps.|
At Macsmith Lake, the consistency of the smallmouth bass fishing was a pleasant surprise. Mornings and evenings, bass would aggressively jump any topwater bait. Afternoons, bass were found along the distinct weed lines in the many back bays of Macsmith Lake. More a numbers lake than a trophy fishery, bass in the 1 to 3 pound range are the norm, with the occasional 4 lb. bass showing up.
Walleyes at Macsmith are a little more challenging, but they are there for the catching early and late in the day or under overcast skies. The mid-lake shoal, while a snag-fest, is the best spot on the lake, but we caught several nice walleyes in the 16 to 20-inch range trolling fast-breaking shorelines and rocky points.
Pike will be pike and invariably show up when fishing for bass or walleyes, shallow or deep, over rocks or near the weedlines, no matter the lure, bait or technique. For the most part, Macsmith northerns range from 2 to 5 pounds, but surely larger fish are there.
Flying out of Azilda, ON, and Whitewater Lake, Sudbury Aviation flies anglers to eleven outpost lakes that offer walleyes, northern pike, smallmouth bass, brook / speckled trout, and lake trout.