Surface area: 535.48 km²
Why we chose it:
In 2012, ranked #20 in all-time hot spots
Covering 15,000 square kilometres, Lake Huron’s Georgian Bay is almost as big as Lake Ontario, and the fishery is nearly as varied. Over the years, we’ve suggested trolling off Owen Sound for salmon, fishing buzzbaits along weedlines for big pike, casting around Honey Harbour for smallies and huge muskies, and drifting roe bags for rainbows (and the odd giant catfish) in Severn Sound. There’s even great, untapped largemouth fishing in the massive bay’s innumerable weed-filled nooks and crannies.
In 2010, Smallmouth bass; Great numbers and big fish.
When to fish: Late June to ice-up.
Where to fish: Early in the season look for sandgravel transitions, and later focus on deepwater drop-offs and rock-weed transition areas.
Tip: Try tube jigs, willowleaf spinnerbaits, three- to seven-inch jerkbaits and Bass Assassins, or fly fish with leech patterns.
—Mike Asher, a manager at Cabela's Canada
Muskie; A healthy population of fish
When to fish: Fall is prime.
Where to fish: Fish from Honey Harbour to the Musquash River.
Tip: Troll or cast a Bull Dawg or The Jimmy from Musky Innovations.
—Mark Melnyk, host of the World Fishing Network's Reel Road Trip
In 2008, Pike; Good numbers of fish and the opportunity for a trophy
When to fish: Mid-June and September.
Where to fish: Shoreline edges with weeds, rock piles, shoals and shallow-to-deep-water transitions. Tip: Spinnerbaits, buzzbaits, deep-diving crankbaits, twitchbaits and soft-plastic shad baits.
—Karl Kalonka, host of Extreme Angler