Species: Pike, Trout
Coordinates: 60° 0€² 0€³ N, 104° 30€² 0€³ W
Surface area: 717 km²
Why we chose it
In 2010, Best for lake trout; Is a trophy-class fishery
When to go: Late July to September is best.
Where to fish: Fish deep rock reefs and trenches.
Tip: Troll eight- to 14-inch plugs, big spoons or vertically jig giant tubes.
—Mike Asher, a manager at Cabela’s Canada in Winnipeg
Pike; Trophy fish, many pushing 50 inches and longer
When to fish: The end of June and the beginning of July are best.
Where to fish: Fish shallow, muddy bays or the mouths of bays.
Tip: Big, soft-bodied swimbaits such as the Storm WildEye Swim Shad attract big gators.
—Richie Tripp, freelance photographer and tournament angler, who also does camera work for Dave Mercer’s Facts of Fishing TV show
In 2008, Pike; Giant gators and a great lodge
When to fish: June to August.
Where to fish: Good numbers and the odd trophy in back bays; trophies on main-lake points.
Tip: Cast and slowly retrieve Storm WildEye swimbaits.
—Dave Mercer, host of Dave Mercer’s Facts of Fishing: The Show