July’s HotSpot takes us to the Lower Niagara River, Ontario. Brown trout and Steelhead school here in abundance. Drift your boat in 18-25 ft. of water and drag roe bags or live minnow rigs. Pay close attention to your boat position as the U.S. border runs down the middle of the river.
May’s HotSpot takes us to Rainy Lake, Ontario. Crowe Island is surrounded by shallow rock and sand flats that taper into deep water. Try casting top water or spinnerbaits over the shallows. For deeper fish, move off the breaks near the points and vertically jig tubes or spoons.
April’s HotSpot takes us to the Ganaraska River (below the main street bridge). Probably the best concentration of accessible Chinook Salmon congregate at the lower section of the Ganaraska River in the town of Port Hope. Literally thousands of fish stage at the bottom of the rapids before venturing upstream to spawn. Try drifting roe, flies or even yarn to entice these early movers.
March’s hotspot is a long shallow shoal that runs between Duclos point and Georgina Island. Work the edges in 8 to 14 feet with crankbaits or tube jigs, also try throwing topwater baits or spinners over the shallow rocks on top of the shoal. Big Smallmouth frequent this reef so hold on tight. Remember if you catch a trophy size fish, take a picture and let the fish go free to fight another day! A replica mount of the fish will last a lifetime.
February’s Hotspot is Sturgeon Bay located in Georgian Bay. This is a general waypoint, which shows a great flat for spinner-baiting Bass, however this bay is full of great fish-holding cover. Try flipping the reeds near shore, use frogs or rats in the lily pad beds or plastic worms near any visible rocks.
December’s Hotspot is the flats of Goose Bay where the Scugog River meets Sturgeon Lake. This is a very shallow flat where large numbers of Walleye congregate. Look for 3 – 6 feet of water and either fan-cast shallow crankbaits or rip Bucktail jigs. Be cautious of submerged logs and stumps.
November’s HotSpot is in the mouth of the Napanee River. This is a great spot early in the season as the fish progress from the river towards the Bay Of Quinte. If the fish aren’t there, then start fishing to the west in the bigger water. Sometimes the fish can be caught at mid-day in less than 5 feet of water! This is a smaller fish spot with the occasional big fish caught.
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