Bay of Quinte Tourism

A Bass Fishing Adventure in Quinte West

illustration of a bass fish jumping out of the waterI recently got out on the Bay of Quinte for a bass fishing adventure out of Quinte West. The Bay of Quinte is one of my personal favourite destinations for targeting bass, and I know I share this sentiment with many other anglers. It’s a popular destination for not only recreational anglers but many bass fishing tournaments also take place on this body of water each season. There have been changes to the bass fishing regulations here in recent years (including the addition of an early catch and release season as well as changes to the regular season), so be sure to check out the latest Ontario Fishing Regulations Summary before planning a trip. 

For this outing, my partner Eric and I met up with our friend Colin Friel to join him aboard his boat for the day. We set out to focus on targeting primarily largemouth bass.


We put Colin’s boat in the water at the public boat launch in Centennial Park. It is free to launch and park here, and this boat launch has been recently renovated and updated. There’s another nearby public boat launch and parking area at Kiwanis Riverside Park which is just a little ways up the Trent River just past the Gateway to the Trent Bridge.

You can find a list of boat launches on the Bay of Quinte here.

a black Chevrolet pickup truck backing into the water at a boat launch to put the boat in the water
Getting ready for a day out on the water!


two men standing on a fishing boat with their lines cast waiting for fish to biteWe began our day by covering water with moving baits such as a ChatterBait, overtop of submerged vegetation, and along wind-blown shorelines. Our first couple of catches of the day were northern pike, then we began getting into some largemouth bass. 

As the day went on and the heat increased, we focused on fishing around cover such as docks, overhanging trees, and blown-in mats of floating vegetation that create a canopy for fish to tuck up underneath. We fished a variety of techniques such as; jigs, punch rigs, and Texas-rigged soft plastics around these various types of cover. It can be surprising how shallow fish can be found—even in as little as a foot or two of water at times. We got into some beautiful fish!

a man standing on a fishing boat showing off a bass that he caught
Colin showing off one of the largemouth bass caught that day.


Since it was such a gorgeous day, we decided to order takeout so that we could enjoy our lunch aboard the boat. We picked up sandwiches from The Counter Restaurant, located on Front Street in downtown Trenton just a few steps from the Gateway to the Trent Bridge. There are a couple of docks and an on-the-water fueling station conveniently located at Fraser Park, so you can walk right over to grab your lunch. This was my first visit to the Counter Restaurant and it won’t be the last. Their sandwiches were delicious and very filling! The elevated deli also offers soups and salads, all available for dine-in or takeout. 

three take-out containers with sandwiches for a picnic
Freshly made sandwiches from The Counter Restaurant were perfect for a picnic lunch on the boat.

It was lovely to be back on the Bay of Quinte and to get to explore around Quinte West. We had a lot of fun getting into a variety of largemouth bass and a few pike mixed in as well. I cannot wait to return!

Ashley Rae is a full-time multi-species angler, international writer, video creator, public speaker and fishing guide. You can check out more of her work at


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Bay of Quinte Region is an alliance of interdependent communities, bound together by a common history, shared economy, and the water that surrounds and defines us. We hope to welcome you soon.