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8 bass, pike, walleye and trout hot spots in eastern Ontario

Eastern Ontario: 8 hot spots for bass, pike, walleye and trout

The owner of Paddletales Tackle knows where the big ones are. Here are his top local waters

Although Winchester, Ontario’s Paddletales Tackle stocks gear for many species, owner Ed Puddephatt’s first love is bass. He keeps up to date by participating in tournaments all over eastern Ontario, and swapping tips during regular Thursday night get-togethers at the shop. Along with bass holes, Puddephatt’s picks include spots for muskies, pike and walleye.

More info: Paddletales Tackle, (613) 774-2277, www.paddletales.com

BIG RIDEAU LAKE, ONTARIO

GPS: 44.747901, -76.223882

FISH: Lake trout, largemouth and smallmouth bass

HIGHLIGHT: Very clear water with varied cover, try lots of techniques

WHEN: All season, plus winter panfishing

LAKE ST FRANCIS, ONTARIO

GPS: 45.082, -74.509

FISH: Bass (largemouth and smallmouth), muskies, walleye, yellow perch

HIGHLIGHT: Super-clear water, with giant smallies, plus lots of cover for largies, muskies and walleye

WHEN: All season

MISSISSIPPI LAKE, ONTARIO

GPS: 45.028, -76.203

FISH: Largemouth and smallmouth bass, walleye

HIGHLIGHT: Good numbers and easy fishing, with the odd lunker

WHEN: Opener to late September

MUSKRAT LAKE, ONTARIO

GPS: 45.649, -76.886

FISH: Bass (largemouth and smallmouth), lake trout, walleye

HIGHLIGHT: Fish largemouth on one side, smallies on the other, and lakers and walleye down the middle

WHEN: Year-round

 

OTTAWA RIVER, ONTARIO

GPS: 45.584, -75.199

FISH: Bass (largemouth and smallmouth), crappies, muskies, northern pike, walleye

HIGHLIGHT: Diverse, quality fishery, from Rockland to Wendover

WHEN: All season, fall for muskies

RIDEAU RIVER, KEMPTVILLE, ONTARIO

GPS: 45.058, -75.658

FISH: Bass (largemouth and smallmouth), muskies, northern pike, walleye

HIGHLIGHT: Hook lots of fish using a variety of techniques

WHEN: All season; summer can be busy

RIDEAU RIVER, KILMARNOCK, ONTARIO

GPS: 44.887, -75.936

FISH: Largemouth and smallmouth bass

HIGHLIGHT: Great area to learn flipping, pitching or frogging

WHEN: July to late September

ST. LAWRENCE RIVER, MORRISBURG, ONTARIO

GPS: 44.898, -75.159

FISH: Bass (largemouth and smallmouth), muskies, northern pike, walleye, yellow perch

HIGHLIGHT: Trophy smallies and walleye, with many areas to fish

WHEN: Early season for walleye; fall for bass

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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.