5 fishing hot spots from Angler & Hunter TV’s Mike Miller


Mike Miller’s favourite fishing spots range from B.C., to his home waters in Ontario to Quebec’s far north

To compile Outdoor Canada’s 2020 fishing hot spots feature story, we turned to our friends at Sportsman Channel Canada. The hosts of 19 Canadian fishing shows agreed to reveal their top choices, along with tips on when to go and how best to tackle the fish. For all the hot spots, see our 2020 Fishing Special issue, or check out the growing list at www.outdoorcanada.ca/2020HotSpots.


Mike Miller


Produced by the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters since its debut in 1993, aptly named Angler & Hunter Television explores all aspects of fishing and hunting in Ontario, from fun family days on the water to exciting bowhunts to the latest conservation efforts. Learn more: www.ahtv.com



THE ATTRACTION: You literally can’t keep the fish off your hook, with four- to eight-pounders being the average size


BEST TIME: Warm August afternoons

TOP TACTIC: Casting Rapala Tail Dancers to shallow weed flats is all it takes



  1. BUCKHORN LAKE, ONTARIO: Largemouth bass

THE ATTRACTION: Upper Buckhorn is a largemouth goldmine that kicks out a few lunkers topping seven pounds every summer

BEST TIME: All summer long

TOP TACTICS: Cast a Terminator Walking Frog over isolated lily pad beds, or fish a Texas-rigged 13 Fishing Invader Rabbit Ear Creature around shallow wood


  1. LAKE OF THE WOODS, ONTARIO: Multi-species

THE ATTRACTION: An over-abundance of trophy-sized bass, crappies, lakers, muskies, pike and walleye.

BEST TIME: May through September.

TOP TACTIC: Head to Sioux Narrows and toss half-ounce Terminator spinnerbaits to catch just about everything.


  1. LEAF RIVER, QUEBEC: Atlantic salmon & brook trout

THE ATTRACTION: Catch massive salmon and brookies one after another in Quebec’s remote Nunavik region, with a chance to see muskoxen and hundreds of caribou. BEST TIME: August.

TOP TACTIC: A Blue fox Vibrax is about all you need.


  1. OSOYOOS LAKE, B.C.: Smallmouth bass

THE ATTRACTION: Fishing in the Okanagan Valley’s warm dry air, surrounded by scenic mountains.


TOP TACTIC: Cast Storm Chug Bugs and Rapala Skitter Pops along the shallow sand and rock shoreline on the northwest side—and hold on tight.