Outdoor Canada’s top 10 fishing and hunting stories of 2017


For pro secrets, tackle hacks, hunting strategies and more, revisit our top website stories of the year, as clicked on by you—our loyal readers!


With an astonishing 38,000 page views since just May 10, 2017, the year’s top story was this amusing and informative blog by fishing editor Gord Pyzer


Why anglers should never, ever bring bananas on a boat
For centuries sailors have tried to steer clear of bananas. Fishing editor Gord Pyzer explains why.


Tackle Week 2017: 10 must-have new lures for Canadian anglers
Crankbaits, spinners, soft-plastics and more, for walleye, bass, pike, muskies and trout.


Canada’s 11 all-time top lures for brookies, browns, cutthroats, lakers and rainbows
Tackle trout across the land with these spoons, spinners, jigs and plugs.



2017’s best new aluminum boats for Canadian anglers
11 new fishing machines, from tiller boats to tournament rides to fish-and-family crossovers.


2017’s best hunting gear: The year’s top 10 firearms and loads
The latest rifles, shotguns and ammo from Stoeger, Browning, Benelli, Ruger, Winchester and more.


How to keep your fingers warm while on the water
Video: Gord Pyzer shows a simple trick for cold-weather fishing comfort.


10 surefire ways to totally screw up your moose hunt
Even when hunting the peak rut, these blunders will send you home empty-handed.


2017’s best new trucks and SUVs for anglers and hunters
Whether you’re looking to tow a fishing boat or an ATV trailer, these trucks and SUVs have got you covered.


How to catch more—and bigger!—walleye by casting artificial lures
Gord Pyzer shares his unconventional new strategy for fooling big ’eyes.


New science shows intense harm cased by fishing for nesting bass
Even a bass that’s quickly released can lose 50% to 100% of its brood.

Honourable mentions

And for more great holiday reading… these stories didn’t quite crack the top 10, but collectively, they were still read over 50,000 times by Canadian hunters and anglers looking for the latest tips, tricks and tactics from our experts.

The lethal walleye lure you’re not using—even though it’s already in your tacklebox!
Gord Pyzer reveals why walleye love tube jigs, and how to fish ’em perfectly.

The 8 simple tools you need to start gunsmithing at home
Working on your own rifles and shotguns is easier than you think. Here’s how.

5 great tricks for making custom walleye spinner rigs
Catch more walleye by giving the fish exactly what they want.

The 7 must-have flies for trout anglers in the West
Tying flies this season? Restock your fly boxes with these essential western trout patterns.

2017’s best hunting gear: Everything for the Canadian bowhunter
20 tremendous new bows, crossbows, arrows, broadheads and accessories.

The year’s best new fishing kayaks for Canadian anglers
These hard-core fishing machines go where the big boats can’t—and then some.

Spring snow geese: A primer on scouting, set-ups and gear for these plentiful honkers
How to get ready for one of the year’s first—and biggest—hunts.

9 awesome new knives for Canadian big-game hunters
This hunting season, stay on the cutting edge with these bad-ass blades.

Are you Canada’s smartest angler? Find out with our exclusive quiz!
Test your angling IQ against Outdoor Canada fishing editor Gord “The Doc” Pyzer. Good luck! (You’ll need it).

7 crucial steps for hunting the very biggest trophy whitetails
If you’re serious about finding boss bucks, this is the way to do it.

And from all of us here at OC, many thanks to our readers for a fantastic 2017, and we hope you’ll join us for a bigger and better 2018!