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 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 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.
This month’s Hotspot is a breakline on White River Air’s Burton Lake. At first glance this certainly doesn’t look like a Walleye hotspot, but drop a jig down there when the water is in the high 50’s and hopefully you’ll have the same success that Pete had… which was excellent by the way. You should always try and catch some aggressive fish first with fast lures like floating minnow baits, suspending jerkbaits or in-line spinners. The key to this tactic in a high percentage area is, if the fish are biting, stay with it “but” If you don’t get bit within 5-10 minutes, go “back” over the area with slow moving baits like a jig. Remember this is one of 30 gorgeous lakes that White River Air has access to for fishing and hunting! Trust us, there are Walleye up here that have never seen a Jig and Minnow.
This is our 100th Hotspot, so we thought we would make it a doozy! It’s a dropoff right smack dab in the middle of the French River in Ontario. Muskie’s patrol this area searching for food. This is the kind of spot that can be either cast or trolled, it’s up to you. The key here is to cover lots of water … and don’t hesitate to run a high riding lure over 40, or even 50 feet of water. As we said in the show that we shot there, always finish every retrieve with some kind of circular motion like a figure 8 “just in case” you miss seeing a follower. Have a big net, as well as pliers and cutters on hand and remember to treat these giants with the reverence they deserve. Always release big Muskie!
This month’s Hotspot is a large exposed boulder protruding through the surface on Brace Lake. This Hotspot was loaded with Walleye of all sizes during our Fish’n Canada shoot, with a bonus big aggressive Pike added in… and you know he’s not the only big beast in the area. 1/8 ounce jigs with a plastic attractor, like a curly tail or shad body, worked best for us. You need to use as light a jig-head as possible since there are lots of other snaggy-rocks hidden below the surface. If the area slows down, give it time and then come back… it will definitely replenish itself with fish.
This month’s Panfish Hotspot is a tiny portion of the massive Mazinaw Lake which is a great place to teach kids the finer points of fishing. It’s important to remember when fishing with kids, it’s all about catching lots of fish… not necessarily big ones. Trust us when we tell you, as long as they’re catchin’, they’re happy! Try 3 – 8′ of water. When fishing with kids, live bait is always our #1 choice (Worms, Minnows, Leeches), either under a float or still fished below the boat. Be sure of all local live bait regulations as per the MNRF laws.
This Hotspot is a shallow bay on the east side of Otter Lake which we accessed via Westlemkoon Lake. Fish it fast in around 2 – 4 feet of water, looking for either active Largemouth or what you deem as great looking cover. Once you hit a good area, fish it thoroughly. Swimming a Flipping Jig and a tandem Spinner Bait work well on active fish, while casting a weightless Senko works best on the more lethargic fish. With bays like this where there’s endless amounts of cover, work fast and try to isolate the fish holding areas…
This month’s Hotspot is a prespawn staging area for Northern Pike in front of Jackfish Bay on Esnagami Lake. Big fish will lie dormant in this area waiting for the exact moment that Mother Nature deems perfect for the trek into the shallows. By slowly running a #3 in-line spinner over these lethargic yet hungry beasts, an angler has a good chance of connecting with the fish of a lifetime. 40 + inch Pike are quite common in this area of the lake.
Peter Alan Cich of Alborn, Minnesota, pleaded guilty to illegally bringing live minnows into Ontario to use as bait. Court heard that on November 14, 2015, conservation officers contacted Cich while on routine patrol in Sabaskong Bay, Lake of the Woods, where Cich was angling. During the inspection, the officers located a pail full of […]
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