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NHL player Keith Aulie’s fishing hot spots

Keith Aulie

Team: Tampa Bay Lightning

Position: Defenceman (#3)

Born: June 11, 1989; Rouleau, Saskatchewan

Years fishing: 11

Favourite fish to catch: Walleye

Biggest fish: Six-foot white sturgeon

1. Fraser River, B.C.

Why: Monster white sturgeon.

When: Spring through fall.

Where: Right outside of Abbotsford.

How: Anchor the boat in the current, and lob chunks of bait with a weight a few feet up from the hook.

2. Last Mountain Lake, Saskatchewan

Why: Sizes and numbers of both walleye and pike.

When: You can catch numbers of walleye all year; the biggest fish are found in summer and through winter to ice-out. Big and numerous pike are also found all year.

Where: Walleye spots include rock piles, points and drop-offs. Spring pike relate to weedbeds; big summer pike are caught deeper while trolling. Spots on the spot include Caraganas, Rowans Ravine, Stone Barn and Fox Point.

How: For both species, try everything from jigging, rigging and trolling to slip floats and casting.

3., 4. Lloyd and Shadd Lakes, Saskatchewan

Why: Numbers and sizes of walleye; big pike.

When: June to August.

Where: For walleye, target rock piles, drop-offs and points. For pike, focus on bays, flats and weedbeds.

How: For walleye, use jigs with Berkley Gulp! or PowerBait soft-plastics, small spoons and crankbaits. For pike, use medium to big spoons, large crankbaits, swimbaits and topwater frogs.

5. Tobin Lake, Saskatchewan

Why: Big walleye.

When: May through ice-out.

Where: “The Hump” on the main lake and the river channel; drop-offs and sand flats are also productive.

How: Bait rigging, bottom bouncing, jigging and trolling.

6. Bay of Quinte, Ontario

Why: Big walleye.

When: September to January.

Where: Adolphus Reach, Long Reach and Picton Bay.

How: Trolling Rapala and Reef Runner crankbaits.

7. Lake Ontario Tributaries, Ontario

Why: Numbers of big steelhead and brown trout.

When: Fall.

Where: Oshawa and Cobourg are good access points.

How: Centre-pin float fishing, mostly with egg sacs.

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