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.
January’s Hot Spot is on Quebec’s Lake Champlain. This lake splits the border of Quebec and the United States, just south of Montreal. Missisquoi bay has great weedlines and this spot can produce some Big Largemouth and Pike. Be sure to purchase an American licence if you plan on running around the lake, as most of the water to the south is United States territory.
December’s Hot Spot is near Bald Indian Bay on Lake Of The Woods. This is a great early season Smallmouth spot for numbers of fish up to and over 3 lbs. The waypoint is marking a rock but make sure you try all the surrounding areas. Tube jigs, minnow baits and twister tails work very well here.
November’s Hot Spot takes us to the Bay Of Quinte at Catalaque Shoal. This spot is a good stopover point for Walleye that are travelling from their spawning areas to the big water. If the fish are not up on the shoal (it looks more like an underwater point) then try trolling for suspended fish in the deep water adjacent to the shoal. For those who do not have a GPS, look for the Green Buoy Q11 in the Long Reach of the Bay Of Quinte.
October’s HotSpot is the Oshawa Creek in Ontario. Every spring a nice run of Lake Ontario Steelhead migrate up the creek to spawn. Although our waypoint is close to the creek mouth, this water is great all the way up. The unique thing about Oshawa Creek is the size of the fish that move up. There are some real giants to be had in March! Try drifting a spawn bag under a float using light line.
September’s HotSpot takes us to Lesser Slave Lake, Alberta. This Walleye ice fishing hotspot is near Joussard on the western basin of Lesser Slave Lake. Roughly 1km off shore is a drop-off and fishing is quite good along the break. This is where most people fish.
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