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7 up-and-coming fishing hot spots in northern Alberta

Northern Alberta: 7 fishing hot spots

Where the owner of Cold Lake’s Exsile Outdoors fishes for giant lakers, pike, walleye, burbot and perch

Open for almost three years, Cold Lake’s Exsile Outdoors supplies northeastern Alberta’s anglers and hunters with everything they need. There’s even an indoor archery range. Owner Jason Laudin says a must-have local bait is the Cold Lake Special—a five-inch-long tube jig with a treble-hook stinger. Here are Laudin’s top spots for lakers and more.

More info: Exsile Outdoors, (780) 594-2538, www.exsileoutdoors.com

COLD LAKE, ALBERTA

GPS: 54.512, -110.122

FISH: Burbot, lake trout, northern pike, walleye, whitefish, yellow perch

HIGHLIGHT: A great population of lakers, including monsters over 50 pounds

WHEN: Year-round

FERN LAKE, SASKATCHEWAN

GPS: 54.818, -108.201

FISH: Rainbow trout, splake

HIGHLIGHT: Easy access to rainbows averaging three to seven pounds

WHEN: Year-round

LITTLE BEAR LAKE, ALBERTA

GPS: 54.551, -110.301

FISH: Rainbow trout

HIGHLIGHT: Fly fish from a belly boat for 10-pound-plus trout

WHEN: May to March

MARIE LAKE, ALBERTA

GPS: 54.632, -110.308

FISH: Burbot, walleye

HIGHLIGHT: Easy walleye fishing for kids, plus trophy burbot

WHEN: Summer for walleye, winter for burbot

PIERCE LAKE, SASKATCHEWAN

GPS: 54.507, -109.723

FISH: Burbot, lake tout, northern pike, walleye

HIGHLIGHT: Good camping and many eating-size walleye, in crystal-clear water

WHEN: June to September

PINEHURST LAKE, ALBERTA

GPS: 54.657, -111.431

FISH: Northern pike, walleye, yellow perch

HIGHLIGHT: Near-wilderness water with trophy-size pike and walleye

WHEN: Year-round

SIEBERT LAKE, ALBERTA

GPS: 54.724, -111.308

FISH: Burbot, northern pike

HIGHLIGHT: Good numbers of walleye

WHEN: June to March

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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.

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