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.
July’s HotSpot takes us to the Lower Niagara River, Ontario. Brown trout and Steelhead school here in abundance. Drift your boat in 18-25 ft. of water and drag roe bags or live minnow rigs. Pay close attention to your boat position as the U.S. border runs down the middle of the river.
May’s HotSpot takes us to Rainy Lake, Ontario. Crowe Island is surrounded by shallow rock and sand flats that taper into deep water. Try casting top water or spinnerbaits over the shallows. For deeper fish, move off the breaks near the points and vertically jig tubes or spoons.
April’s HotSpot takes us to the Ganaraska River (below the main street bridge). Probably the best concentration of accessible Chinook Salmon congregate at the lower section of the Ganaraska River in the town of Port Hope. Literally thousands of fish stage at the bottom of the rapids before venturing upstream to spawn. Try drifting roe, flies or even yarn to entice these early movers.
March’s hotspot is a long shallow shoal that runs between Duclos point and Georgina Island. Work the edges in 8 to 14 feet with crankbaits or tube jigs, also try throwing topwater baits or spinners over the shallow rocks on top of the shoal. Big Smallmouth frequent this reef so hold on tight. Remember if you catch a trophy size fish, take a picture and let the fish go free to fight another day! A replica mount of the fish will last a lifetime.
February’s Hotspot is Sturgeon Bay located in Georgian Bay. This is a general waypoint, which shows a great flat for spinner-baiting Bass, however this bay is full of great fish-holding cover. Try flipping the reeds near shore, use frogs or rats in the lily pad beds or plastic worms near any visible rocks.