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Lake Nipissing

Species: Bass, Muskellunge, Perch, Pike, Walleye/Pickerel, Whitefish

Location: Ontario

Surface area: 873.3 km²

Why we chose it:

In 2012, ranked #32 in all-time hot spots

Named Gichn-bee, or “big water,” by the Ojibway, Nipissing has long been a top Ontario walleye lake. But from 1999 on, we’ve also been touting its incredible population of bass, with abundant three- to four-pounders that stay shallow most of the year. A four-hour drive from both Toronto and Ottawa, it’s also a prime family destination, with more than 50 fishing resorts. And don’t forget the muskies—Canadian Sportfishing’s Italo Labignan believes Nipissing could hold the next world record.

In 2008, Muskie; Potential world-record fish

When to fish: June through October.

Where to fish: Open-water structure and weedbeds in the west arm, and along the south and east shores.

Tip: Cast or troll large minnow-imitating lures, large spinnerbaits and bucktail spinners.

—Italo Labignan, host of Canadian Sportfishing

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