June’s Hotspot is a Speckled Trout, Lake Trout, Steelhead and Salmon waypoint… we know that because we just caught all of them there! Try casting spinners and small spoons like Cleos & Minnow baits up to 5″. Don’t hesitate to cast shallow and work out to the first break down to 12 feet.
Here is a Hotspot we just lucked into with Steve Hardcastle of Fishmaster Charters. Troll around 15+ feet of water with spoons and believe it or not Dipsy Divers to get them down! It’s a unique spot because of the shallow water. Remember though, when the water temps go up, the Lakers go down!!!
April’s Hotspot is the North East corner of West lake near Wellington Ontario. The Hotspot will take you to a small bay where there are several small feeder creeks coming in. Look for Cattails and pencil reeds with dark bottom along this shoreline. Crappie frequent this shoreline and can be quite numerous in the Spring. Look for Stumps, Overhanging trees near deeper pockets of water.
March’s HotSpot is on the mighty Fraser River. A special thanks to Vic Carrow of STS Guiding in British Columbia for this great Sturgeon Hotspot. Vic is on the water constantly and knows the timely migration/feeding patterns of Sturgeon. When a guy that makes his living on the water gives us some info… we grab it!
February’s HotSpot is a great Walleye spot on Lake Winnipeg in Manitoba. Head out on the ice from Chalet Beach road, then drive NE 2 km to the mouth of Red River on Lake Winnipeg. Look for 10 to 12 feet of water and get jigging! A live minnow on a jighead is a great go to bait but also try bottom bouncing a light 1/8 or 1/32 spoon. As always with Ice Fishing, caution must be taken when venturing onto a frozen lake, so be careful.
January’s HotSpot is a place that has worked for us as an evening ice-fishing Walleye area on Scugog. Setting up around 3:30 in the afternoon and being ready for the low light into dark bite is crucial. Use small jigging spoons with a bit of green on them and always tip it with a minnow… even when the fishing is fast and furious!
December’s HotSpot brings us to Picton Bay in Ontario. Normally we don’t put 2 Hotspots in a row back to back but the bite is hot right now so we had to do it! Mike and Pete just got back from a weekend on Picton Bay and caught some great Walleye. This is a central waypoint that can be used as a starting point or area to keep crossing, but definitely move around.
Troll clear Reef Runners back at least 150 feet from planer boards at less than 1.5 mph (they were between 1.2 & 1.3). This was an odd day where they caught more fish on a straight troll than on corners etc. This spot should hold for at least a couple more weeks.
Novembers’s HotSpot brings us back to the great Walleye waters near Lake Ontario. It’s the drop near buoy Q1 in the Adolphus Reach… home of the giant fish!The Adolphus Reach may be the #1 Walleye Migration Stretch in the world! That’s right folks, literally thousands of giants swing up the reach every fall on the way to their spawning destinations. This Hotspot is a great start at intercepting them. If you have a map or a mapping program then you will note that there is a shallow shoal on the inside of the waypoint; remember if you are deep-trolling to stay clear of this area. You can also try a run closer to the shore in around 20+ feet of water especially in the evening.
Octobers’s HotSpot comes to us from outdoor writer/photographer/angler extraordinaire Craig Ritchie (thanks Craig): The most dependable trout and salmon spot I can suggest for the shore angler is the lower Niagara River at the Whirlpool. It’s a huge pool on the river about halfway between Lake Ontario and the falls. Follow the trail from the Whirlpool parking lot off the Niagara River parkway – it’s a long way down at the bottom of the gorge, but definitely worth the walk. Just make sure you travel light, because it’s an even longer way back up when you’re going upstairs! The fishing itself is pretty simple. You can cast 1/2-ounce Little Cleos, Mepps spinners in sizes 3 through 5, or drift with roe bags, either on bottom or with a float. Most of the fish tend to hug the shoreline.
September’s HotSpot is a unique one based out of Alma NB. You essentially cannot fish on your own (due to laws of protected species) however you can hire the services of Sharks Unlimited and have the adventure of a lifetime. Obviously Sharks are the quarry here with Porbeagle being the main species. There is a chance at a Thresher which would be insane to bring in. Pete & Mike just shot a show with S.U. and they were blown away with the experience. They both highly recommend this trip!
August’s HotSpot is on the Manitou Rapids on Lac Seul. The Fish’n Canada guys just returned home from a very successful trip on what could be classed as the world’s best Walleye lake. Manitou Rapids is a classic spot with lots of current. It holds good numbers of Walleye plus gives the great opportunity at some big fish.
July’s HotSpot is a Bass area on the St. Lawrence system In Quebec. The St Lawrence is not renowned for its Largemouth fishing… however, if you find the right area it can pay off.
This is a huge shallow water spawning area that holds fish early in the bass season. Use spinnerbaits, weedless spoons, flipping jigs and Yamamoto Senkos. Work everything that looks bassy. A key here is to look for clean water.
June’s HotSpot is a Muskie magnet, located at the mouth of Nogies Creek on Pigeon Lake. This is the edge of a weedline where the flat drops into deeper water. Troll the edge in 8-13 feet with Big Jointed minnow baits or In-line Bucktail Spinners, also a 3\4 0Z jig head with a Yamamoto swim bait works well. Hold On tight as these fish are strong from holding in the creeks high current flow in the spring.
If fishing is slow, try casting top water baits over the shallow weedflat in the early evening.
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