in ,

5 hot spots for stripers, salmon and bass in central Nova Scotia

5 fishing hot spots in central Nova Scotia

Tackle shop owner Jim Hnatiuk reveals some of his favourite lakes, rivers and inlets

After retiring from the Canadian Armed Forces, Jim Hnatiuk founded this Lantz, Nova Scotia, sports and taxidermy centre—complete with an indoor, fully automated gun range—where he also oversees Nova Scotia’s hunter and firearms education program. Prepare for these hot spots by stopping by Hnatiuk’s for some bloodworms, a lethal, but hard-to-find striper bait.

More info: Hnatiuk’s Hunting and Fishing Supply, (902) 883-8890, www.hnatiuks.com

SHUBENACADIE & STEWIACKE RIVERS, NOVA SCOTIA

GPS: 45.140, -63.380

FISH: Striped bass

HIGHLIGHT: Big, powerful fish that can top 50 pounds

WHEN: Late April

MINAS BASIN, WALTON, NOVA SCOTIA

GPS: 45.233, -64.016

FISH: Striped bass

HIGHLIGHT: Simple, productive surf, pier and bank fishing

WHEN: Year-round

SHUBENACADIE GRAND LAKE, NOVA SCOTIA

GPS: 44.902, -63.605

FISH: Chain pickerel, landlocked salmon, smallmouth and striped bass

HIGHLIGHT: Large lake with good fishing from shore or boats

WHEN: All season

SHORTTS LAKE, NOVA SCOTIA

GPS: 45.219101, -63.317390

FISH: Chain pickerel, smallmouth bass,

HIGHLIGHT: Kids are guaranteed to get fish

WHEN: All season

KINSAC LAKE, NOVA SCOTIA

GPS: 44.824, -63.652

FISH: Smallmouth bass

HIGHLIGHT: Secluded, yet accessible lake, with little pressure

WHEN: All season

Check out our complete list of hot Canadian angling destinations

Scott Gardner

Scott Gardner

Outdoor Canada associate editor and fly-fishing columnist Scott Gardner is happiest when he's on the water fishing (especially from his kayak) or just surrounded by trees, preferably out of cell phone range. Since joining Outdoor Canada in 2010, Scott has won nine National Communication Awards from the Outdoor Writers of Canada for his adventure travel and fly fishing articles, and been nominated for five National Magazine Awards.