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5 northern Ontario fishing hot spots

Northern Ontario: 5 fishing hot spots

Here’s where the owner of Thunder Bay’s Riverside Outdoors goes for brookies, walleye and bass

In 2004, Thunder Bay, Ontario’s Allan Trochimchuk started Riverside Outdoors because he was tired of ordering so much tackle, especially soft-plastic baits, from out-of-town retailers. Today, his best sellers still include the Senkos and other soft-plastics that started it all. Trochimchuk’s picks cover bass, coaster brookies (above) and walleye.

More info: Riverside Outdoors, (807) 627-0698, www.riversideoutdoors.ca

LAC DES MILLE LACS, ONTARIO

GPS: 48.851774, -90.404289

FISH: Walleye

HIGHLIGHT: Sawmill Bay holds good numbers of eaters

WHEN: Spring

LAKE NIPIGON, ONTARIO

GPS: 49708, -88.575

FISH: Brook trout

HIGHLIGHT: Trophy fish can top 23 inches

WHEN: Early fall

NORTH SHORE TRIBUTARIES, LAKE SUPERIOR, ONTARIO

GPS: 48.395, -89.253

FISH: Steelhead

HIGHLIGHT: Big water, good numbers and large fish

WHEN: Spring

SHEBANDOWAN LAKES, ONTARIO

GPS: 48.646, -90.351

FISH: Smallmouth bass, walleye

HIGHLIGHT: Three linked lakes, with varied water and lots of bass

WHEN: All season

WHITEFISH LAKE, ONTARIO

GPS: 48.221, -89.997

FISH Walleye

HIGHLIGHT: Shallow and weedy, with lots of fish; slip bobbers are lethal

WHEN: Year-round

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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.