This month’s Striped Bass Hotspot is a portion of the Stewiacke River, deep in the heart of Nova Scotia that really produces fish early in the season. Stripers move into and through this area in the spring during their spawning ritual. There are literally thousands of fish stacked up and days of catching 20+ fish per person are very common. Try using either live or artificial Blood Worms, depending on the season, or casting crankbaits or topwaters. One thing to keep in mind; when the Bay of Fundy Tides come rolling in, extreme caution should be taken. The fast current and slippery mud banks can be treacherous!
This month’s Hotspot is an area on Lake Rosseau, Ontario, where “big” Pike roam and often times are quite catch-able. The 2 most productive artificial baits are either a medium sized inline spinner or a suspending Jerkbait. If things really get tough then try swimming a live minnow into the cover. The most amazing aspect of this hotspot is it’s only about a 2 hour drive from Toronto.
This month’s Hotspot is a nice run of weeds in Boundary Dam Reservoir. This lake has loads of weedbeds that follow the shoreline so there’s lots of fishable areas. Use a Jig and Chunk presentation but a big plastic worm would work as well. Don’t be afraid of the dirty water, these fish are used to it and have no problem finding your bait.
This month’s Hotspot is a section of the Niagara River on the Canadian side. This is a typical Niagara River area where the fish will move in and out on given days. If the fish aren’t here, simply pick up and move down river. Searching is the key to finding fish. Try bouncing roe bags or minnows along the bottom on a 3-way swivel rig. Remember to vary the length of your leader and dropper.
Today’s Esnagi Lake Hotspot is a small cove at the end of a point that loads up with Pike and Walleye. The key to this area is… Baitfish. Start out with a fast moving presentation like a Spinnerbait or Jerkbait and then follow up with a jig and live bait combo. On overcast days, early in the morning or late in the evening, work the shallows and as the sun comes up, move deeper.There are lots of snags here in the form of logs and rocks so be prepared to lose some jigs!
This month’s Carp Hotspot is on Lake Ontario in Southern Ontario. This is considered a great all season spot. Using a boat is your only option here. Try sweet corn, boilies and worms, either close to or just off of the bottom. Be prepared because there are some real monsters lurking in this area.
This great Smallmouth Hotspot is a deep water area along a major breakline in Lake Erie. By simply navigating with your chartplotter and Navionics Maps out from Crystal Beach, you can be fishing in world-class Smallmouth water within minutes. Depending on wind conditions, Smallie anglers have the availability of fishing both the north and south side of the lake. Make sure you have the appropriate license.
This hotspot was fished by our own Angelo Viola and Vic Carro of STS Guiding on the Pitt River In beautiful British Columbia. Since this picturesque river has as many shallow rocky run as it does dark deep holes, it’s a good idea to hire a professional guide. You can either motor upstream, then start working the pools and runs all the way down or vice-versa, methodically working upstream. Spoons are the #1 choice for lures but don’t hesitate to try inline spinners and minnowbaits.
This month’s hotspot(s) is a 2 for 1. The first is the Queenston Drift on the Canadian side of the Niagara River. This is a slow drift and a great resting area for trout. The second is the Artpark Drift directly across from Queenston on the US side. These are 2 of the top Steelhead drifts on the lower Niagara River.
This month’s hotspot is a Sturgeon hole on the Fraser River in BC. It’s a typical hole where the STS Guiding crew anchors up current and then sets roe, lamprey, eels or ooligans on the bottom waiting for these giants of the deep. If you want to catch a truly big fish… this is the place!
This month’s hotspot on Kabinakagami Lake in Ontario’s Algoma Country has Walleye of all sizes roaming around it… but there are some specifics.
Rig: Jigs tipped with minnow imitations and curly-tailed grubs. Technique: Look for big boulders among sparse weeds. Also stay away from the green scummy weeds. When your bait gets covered with this stuff, move a little bit where the bottom cleans up.
This month’s hotspot is a small Largemouth & Pike Bay off the beaten path of the French River in Ontario. This little Bass factory is full of Lily Pads and has a great beaver house to keep the junk fisherman happy for hours. Rig: Weedless artificial frogs, Flukes or Creature style baits. Technique: Look for fish both in the pads as well as along the outside edge close to the deepest water in the bay.
Here is a late season Giant Pike Hotspot located on Tobin Lake in Saskatchewan. Remember the water is cold in the fall so a dead bait quick strike rig works great. If the Hotspot cools down, try trolling suspending minnowbaits or crankbaits along the old river channel in 8 – 12 feet of water.
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