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.
May’s HotSpot is primarily a Channel Cat spot but it’s been known to produce more than its share of Walleye. It’s located on the Grand River right in front of Fishmaster Ultimate Charter’s bait & tackle store. Steve Hardcastle and our own Pete Bowman just finished shooting a Catfish show for the new season and Pete was blown away with the quality of fishing. For this hotspot, you can either fish from shore or from a boat (Steve has a launch right there). Simply cast out a piece of Sucker or dead bait and wait. If you need to get some cat gear, Steves store is well stocked. This is a great spot for the family.
April’s HotSpot is a Walleye mecca that gets going in April. It’s a spot that a lot of fish pass by on the way to or from the spawn. The best part of this area is it’s right at the waterfront in Windsor.
Vertically work a ½ ounce jig bouncing it in 6 – 8 inches off of the bottom and back down. A plastic minnow / smelt imitation works great. Tip: set the hook fast!
March’s HotSpot is one we found on our last Bass excursion in BC. There is a little body of water called Vaseux Lake that is awesome. Our waypoint is located on a spawning shoreline which the fish could be preparing to check out already. Certainly by the end of the month (March) and into April the Smallies will be “out & about”. In the colder water try suspending jerkbaits and spinnerbaits, as the water warms make sure you include tube jigs.
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).
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