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Lake Scugog

Species: Bass, Crappie, Walleye/Pickerel

Coordinates: 44° 10€² 0€³ N, 78° 50€² 0€³ W

Location: Ontario

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

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