This Nagagami Lake Hotspot is on a breakline off a shallow hump about a hundred yards from the previous Hotspot of the month. When a changing weather system moves in and the shallow water fish seem to disappear, the first thing that should be checked is the adjacent deep water. Look for breaks, along with anything different, like boulders, or even deep weeds, that may hold fish. Once you re-discover the school, it’s game on again! Live bait is the number one choice, simply because that pressure change has put the entire food chain on pause, and quite honestly, meat on the hook is the ultimate way to go. Working slow is the key.
This Hotspot is a medium sized hump rising from the depths of Nagagami Lake in northern Ontario. It’s a classic structure that will get even better as the season progresses. With water in the 50 – 60 degree area, you can try soft plastics on your jig, but always have a bucket of minnows on hand just in case. This structure tops out at around 8-10 feet, then drops off gradually to over 20, and finally plummets to 50 feet. Make sure you check all depths with your Garmin.
This Hotspot is a trolling area for Muskie on the French River. Unless you intimately know the French River and all of it’s Musky haunts, trolling is your best option to try and find active feeding fish. In the summer, run your baits anywhere from 3 – 5mph. Come late fall, try slowing down. Big Muskie Crankbaits and jointed plugs are a great choice. Vary the trolling depths by using a variety of diving lip sizes. Remember, although Muskie seem to be the toughest creature in the water, they too need care once caught; take a quick picture and then immediately release these wonderful beasts.
This Hotspot is a stretch of the Miramichi River named Red Bank. During the Striped Bass spawning migration each spring, this area gets completely jammed up with rambunctious fish getting ready to reproduce. We feel these fish strike out of aggression, as well as hunger, which is somewhat odd during the spawning season. A fast erratic moving bait, like a Yamamoto D Shad soft Jerkbait, in a bright colour will clean up here. The fish simply can’t handle it! On a past Fish’n Canada shoot, our best fishing came on the shallow flats, with only limited success on the main river channel. Everyone should try this phenomenal fishery.
This Hotspot is where we’ve caught some big specks in the past. This is a classic current seam that trout will use as a feeding and resting area. Spinners, Minnow Baits, and Live Bait, will all work here. As a word of caution, PLEASE be careful here, as the water rushing down from the Pine Portage dam is extremely fast. We here at Fish’n Canada highly recommend a fishing guide on your first trip to the Nipigon, for not only the good fishing areas, but safety to you and your boat.
This Hotspot is a huge point on Eagle Lake just around the corner from Eagle Lake Island Lodge. This is a classic Muskie spot with a feeding flat adjacent to deep water. During a past Fish’n Canada shoot, we had a big fish follow here on the first day of the trip but couldn’t convert it to a bite… such is Muskie fishing. Casting is effective here because you can cover the flat and deep water in a relatively short time-frame. Double Bucktail spinners, as well as surface baits, and big Muskie cranks, will all work here. Try using a fluorocarbon leader to get fussier fish to bite.
This Hotspot is a tapering underwater point on Pinehurst Lake in Alberta. This spot is known for both Pike and some big Walleye. It’s a classic piece of structure that holds fish all year long. Try either casting and slowly working a jig, or trolling a Walleye style Crankbait and varying the depth of each pass until fish contact is made. Don’t be afraid to run a Crankbait designed to dive 10-12 feet down in 20+ feet of water, as these fish will sometimes suspend in the water column.
This Hotspot is a large shallow flat area that Pete and Angelo have been fishing for a few years with great success. This area is a combination of weeds and open holes with close access to deep water. Smallmouth Bass use the weeds as cover and use the openings to feed. Wearing polarized sunglasses is a must here, as you can often see the fish swimming. Try dropshotting Yamamoto Shad Shape Worms and Senkos and you won’t be disappointed.
This hotspot is where Mr. Bass “Roland Martin” put on his mini-clinic for all to see during a past Fish’n Canada episode. Although this spot is not a complete secret, we’ll bet these Largemouth have never been sifted through like they were today… especially by one person! The area is a weedbed between two islands. Topwaters, Spinnerbaits, Squarebill Crankbaits, as well as worm and crayfish imitating plastics, all will work here. This is what we call a “quick-hit” spot, meaning fish fast, and if you don’t have any action within 15 minutes… move on.
This Hotspot is a Fraser River Canyon Sturgeon hole in the province of British Columbia. This particular area is about 2/3 of the way from the town of Hope to Hells Gate. It’s a crazy ride to get there and only experienced boaters should attempt it. Anchoring up stream of this Hotspot, and dropping heavily weighted baits, with both circle and J hooks, is the best presentation. Rod holders are a must in order to keep your baits still, as well as giving the anglers a great view of the rod tips when a bite occurs. When a Sturgeon finally takes the bait… hang on!
This Hotspot is a great area for Muskie, with the odd Northern Pike and Bass thrown in as well. This is a classic example of a breakline on the deep edge of a big shallow weedy bay. Game-fish will traverse from Edward to Chicken Islands, all the while searching for food. Casting & trolling are both effective. If you’re looking for a giant fish, then use the biggest baits you have. If however you’re looking just to get bit, downsize to something considered big for bass, or small for Pike & Muskie.
This Hotspot is a back-bay area that is perfect for Largemouth Bass fishing in the Summer. Lake Nipissing and the French River are phenomenal all-round fishing destinations, and Bass of both species are included in a big way. If it’s sunny out, try an un-weighted soft stick bait, a 1/8 oz. Texas rigged plastic worm, or a 3/8 oz. Flipping Jig and Chunk. This area should last into the late summer.
This Hotspot is on the St. Lawrence River near Cornwall Ontario. We’ve fished this spot many times and it almost always produces a nice Smallmouth Bass or 2. Current is the key here, as it is in most of the St. Lawrence. Drag a heavy tube jig, or dropshot rig, down current, while trying to stay in contact with the bottom at all times. Green and brown seem to be the hottest colors here, as they imitate the now prolific Goby, a main prey in a Smallies diet. Please be careful, as this river is very powerful.
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