Species: Bass, Crappie, Walleye/Pickerel
Why we chose it
In 2012, ranked #37 in all-time hot spots
In the heart of Ontario’s popular Kawartha Lakes, Rice is shallow, fertile, weedy and a three-season, multi-species hot spot. In the spring, the north shore gives up good numbers of slab crappies, while summer means largemouth; although the wild rice beds have mostly disappeared, there’s still a lot of cover, including plenty of cottage docks. In the fall, meanwhile, football-sized smallies come out to play. And here’s a little-known tip: Fall is also a red-hot time for walleye.
In 2009, Crappie; Good numbers of decent-sized slabs
When to fish: Early in the season.
Where to fish: Work shallow, protected bays along the lake’s north shore, where the water warms quickly.
Tip: Fish small jigs tipped with tiny soft-plastic split tails or tubes, or in-line spinners.
—Tom Brooke, vice-president of Shimano Canada
In 2008, Largemouth bass; Great numbers of fish weighing up to five pounds
When to fish: From opening day until August.
Where to fish: Green weedbeds in three to six feet of water.
Tip: Use white spinnerbaits with gold blades for numbers of fish. For big ones, cast Texas-rigged worms or black and blue weedless flipping jigs.
—Cam Brownson, host of The Angler & Hunter
Walleye; Big fish
When to fish: Fall.
Where to fish: Weedlines in 10 to 12 feet of water.
Tip: Cast bucktail jigs and crankbaits.
—Ron James & Leo Stakos, hosts of Fish TV