February’s HotSpot is a rare and easily accessible open water fishery during the cold winter months. This is a turn (point) in the Niagara River that will concentrate Steelhead, Brown Trout and sometimes Lake Trout. Bottom-bounce either roe bags or minnows along with the current trying to keep your presentation as close to the boat as possible. If you’re planning a trip to the Niagara, make sure that the days ahead of your trip are not full of blustering wind. If Lake Erie gets churned up, it spills through the Niagara making fishing very tough. Keep an eye on the weather.
January’s HotSpot will take you to an outside weedline in 8-12 feet of water where chunky Pike and the odd 3-5 pound Walleye can be caught through the ice. This weedline runs from point to point so try moving if action is slow. Use caution when ice fishing and travelling on frozen lakes and mind all M.N.R seasons and restrictions.
December’s HotSpot is the mouth of the Bighead River in Meaford Ontario. Late running Steelhead can still be found here in December. The season for trout is open all year below (lake side) the hwy 26 bridge. If the river is not iced in, this can be a great way to catch fish in open water with snow on the ground.
November’s HotSpot is on Georgian Bay, world renowned for its giant Muskie. Here you’ll find a wind-swept point near Honey Harbour. If you’re fishing this area then hit all the adjacent islands as well. On those cold miserable overcast days, big Lunge will follow smaller game fish and bait fish on the wind blown shores of these islands & points. Casting and trolling big baits are the 2 best options.
October’s HotSpot is the entrance to Harts Lake near Gagetown, New Brunswick. This spot will produce great fishing all year round, with late summer and into the fall being best for Striped Bass. The grass flats that surround this area have deep water next to them with current rips, eddies and breaks making this a fishing hotspot. Special thanks to Henry Arseneault for this HotSpot.
September’s HotSpot is on Deschambault Lake in Saskatchewan. This lake is primarily known as a Walleye & Pike lake, so this months hotspot is a combination area. Current is created between the 2 islands and the mainland point, bringing bait, Walleye and Northerns into this area. Wind can be a good thing here, especially if the main lake is really rocking. A jig & minnow is your best bet to catch anything that swims this area.
August’s Hotspot takes us to Osoyoos Lake in British Columbia. This is a point at the North west end of the lake that can be awesome for Smallies early and late in the season. Work both sides where it drops from 8 to 20 feet. Use topwaters in the morning and drag lizards or tubes on bottom at mid day.
July’s Hotspot is Woodsman Point on Lake Simcoe for Smallmouth Bass. This is close to one of the best spawning areas on the lake. Using the waypoint as a reference, start drifting and dragging a tube jig in 20+ feet of water, moving up the break towards the island until you get to 8-10 feet. Then start another drift.
June’s Hotspot is an island in the St. Lawrence River in Quebec. Walleye, Muskie and Pike will not only frequent the actual waypoint, but will use the whole perimeter of the island as well. There are also Bass in the area (make sure the season is open).
May’s HotSpot is a section on the Bow River outside of Calgary, Alberta. Our hotspot is a deep section just below a rocky shallow area. Make sure you fish from this shallow run all the way past the mouth of the Highwood River. This is a very large area so do not dwell on the exact waypoint. According to the Bow River Hatch Chart, use an Adams, Crystal Blue-winged Olive (size 18) during the first two weeks of May and an Adams, Quad March Brown (size 14) for the remainder of the month.
April’s HotSpot takes us to the Credit River in Mississauga. The stretch of road from Erindale Park to Highway 403 is famous for its year round open season for migratory trout and salmon, which peaks from September to October. There are some good pools and strategically placed boulders for fishing. Parking is found in Erindale Park off Dundas Street.
February’s Hot Spot is on Lake Ontario to the south-east of Oshawa. There is a small rise in the bottom that can at times attract baitfish in the area, thus attracting Salmon & Trout. As a rule though, the bait is scattered so trolling patterns in the area are a must in order to cover water thoroughly.
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