Whitefish often thrive in lakes lacking minnow populations. Using their snouts to suck up mud from the bottom, they instead filter out protein-packed insect larvae. They especially like bloodworms, the larval stage of the midge fly. While bloodworms are hard to find for bait, maggots are easy to come by and make magnificent substitutes. Simply skewer two or three onto a 1/32- to 1/16-ounce jig and lay the package on the bottom under a tight line attached to a tiny quill bobber. When the bobber goes down, or floats on its side, set the hook. —Gord Pyzer


Most fish species become lethargic in the winter, but cold water-loving lake trout are at their belligerent best. This aggressiveness, however, confuses many anglers when the fish scoot across their sonar screens chasing baits—they often slow down their jigging or retrieve to help the fish catch the lure. But you should do exactly the opposite: speed up instead to force the fish to chase after your lure. Nothing triggers a lake trout to hit more than what it thinks is a wounded baitfish trying to escape. —Gord Pyzer


Remote-control electronic calls have revolutionized coyote hunting, allowing you to adjust the volume, tone and frequency of the call from 100 metres or more away. This way, coyotes, which rely on their noses first and eyesight second, will home in on the source of the sound, not you. Prey calls such as a rabbit in distress, fawn bleat or squealing bird all produce results. Set the speaker upwind of your location and add an electronic rabbit decoy for added realism. —Ken Bailey