Species: Bass, Crappie, Walleye/Pickerel
Coordinates: 44° 10€² 0€³ N, 78° 50€² 0€³ W
Surface area: 68 km²
Why we chose it:
In 2010, Crappie; Good numbers of fish and lots of hot spots
When to fish: The first few weeks of the season are best.
Where to fish: Focus on canals, bays, creek mouths and weed flats in sheltered areas.
Tip: Fish mini tube jigs under slip floats.
Largemouth bass; Large numbers of fish, and a variety of locations
When to fish: Action is consistent all season long.
Where to fish: Target shallowwater fish early in the season; later, work deeper weeds, as well as docks.
Tip: Cast frogs over slop mats in the shallows, and try flipping jigs or Texas-rigged worms in heavy cover; also retrieve spinnerbaits over weed flats,especially on overcast days.
Walleye; Good numbers of fish
When to fish: The end of the ice season in February, and May, are best.
Where to fish: Look for good weed cover and bait fish in four to six feet of water.
Tip: In winter, use small, light flutter spoons; don’t jig too aggressively. In May, flip small jig-andgrub combos along weedlines.
—Richie Tripp, freelance photographer and tournament angler, who also does camera work for Dave Mercer’s Facts of Fishing TV show
In 2008, Muskie; Big fish
When to fish: Fall.
Where to fish: Weedlines in about three to six feet of water.
Tip: Cast spinnerbaits or jerkbaits along weed edges.
Walleye; Good numbers When to fish: Spring through fall.
Where to fish: Just off weedlines in six to nine feet of water.
Tip: Cast bucktail and grub-tipped jigs or slow-troll a Beetle Spin close to the bottom.
—Ron James & Leo Stakos, hosts of Fish TV