I’m an avid but average fisherman of over 40 years, with preference for muskies, walleye or salmon, but mind you carp has been on my line several times, and its a lot of action and heavy long fights to land those bottom monsters from lakes and rivers in norther Ontario.
Of recent western Canada trips (last was 2016), the jumpers Koho’s, and Chinook’s which are much bigger ( seen a picture of a 65 lbs Chinook caught and released at one of the inlet) are really fun to catch. Better be prepared, and brace yourself(off shore), to fight this fish for 30-35 minutes when 20-30lbs salmon are on, and will fight to the end to not get in the boat. Always nice to get a video, or a picture of a decent fighter fish, and release with a splash as you know this fish will live many more years to come!
Unfortunately, even if interested and ready to go, was never lucky enough to get the nice red salmon Sokeye’s in season up near Bamfield, in beautiful British Columbia. Another well known hot spot, for Sokeye out there is the Campbell river. Fly fishing the red salmon also called ‘Kokanee’ would be a dream come true!
My other preferred spots are Northern Ontario (French River, Nippissing, and a few other smaller body of water), and Northern Quebec (Gouin reservoir), in lakes and rivers for walleye, pike and muskies. Catch and release is the norm for all large sizes and keeping a few in slot size, for shore lunches or to bring back to my family. On the odd day, jigging (with chartreuse color, orange or green both into 1, with red eyes works for walleye, however in deeper water(18 to 32 ft) could bring a fish called ‘ling’, or nice white fish, even grey carp! Now lets not tell everyone my secrets!
Would love to go up North with my brother to enjoy a trip of a lifetime in places like Lake Temiskaming(walleye, trout) or Hawk Lake lodge(big walleye!). We would certainly do videos, and pics to share for all to appreciate! Since the pandemic, we have been unfortunate living in separate households, so our yearly trips for walleye have been cancelled last 2 seasons. Of interest to fishers here, there are morning runs and night runs that are always fun to be in, when fishing for decent size walleyes!
In my lifetime, will also attempt to go to New Brunswick to get pics with some nice stripe bass, Atlantic salmon from an inlet or even offshore. Maybe even muskies in the few hot spots (outside of those yearly tournament, just for the fun of fishing)!
Another hot spot on my bucket list are lake Winnipeg MB(quantities), as well as Bay of Quinte, ON(max sizes), and my brother and I want to try it both in summer and winter, for the different feeling catching each season gives out!
Good luck to you all, and pics and videos will be shared, better believe it! if we get on the winning list here! Please vote for Frenchie!