Bob Izumi reveals his top 5 Canadian fishing hot spots


Bob Izumi’s top spots span the country, including B.C. halibut, Ontario brookies, Quebec bass and more

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



First aired in 1983, Bob Izumi’s eponymous show has made the affable host one of Canada’s most recognizable angling personalities. Each episode is designed to educate and entertain anglers on all aspects of angling, from techniques to tackle to travel, all with an emphasis on having fun. Learn more:



  1. LAKE NIPIGON, ONTARIO: Brook trout

THE ATTRACTION: There’s a good chance of not seeing another angler for days as you catch multiple trophy brookies

BEST TIME: The entire brook trout season


TOP TACTIC: Cast small spoons, such as the Johnson Shutter, around boulders in shallow water.


  1. LAKE ONTARIO, ONTARIO: Smallmouth bass

THE ATTRACTION: The smallmouths are getting bigger each year, with some tipping the scales at more than seven pounds

BEST TIME: Late June to September

TOP TACTIC: Drop-shot finesse baits such as three-inch Gulp! Fry (green pumpkin) or four-inch MaxScent Flat Worms (black or green pumpkin)


  1. LAKE ST. FRANCIS, ONTARIO/QUEBEC: Smallmouth & largemouth bass

THE ATTRACTION: The opportunity to fish shallow or deep for smalljaws, or probe heavy cover for fat bucketmouths

BEST TIME: The entire bass season

TOP TACTICS: Flip for largemouths in reeds with a PowerBait Crazy Legs Chigger Craw; drop-shot finesse baits for smallies.



THE ATTRACTION: The light, iridescent colours of the resident “greenbacks,” combined with the chance to hook a trophy

BEST TIME: The entire hardwater season

TOP TACTICS: At the southern end of the lake, jig half-ounce lipless crankbaits, such as the Berkley Warpig or Sébile Flatt Shad


  1. LANGARA ISLAND, B.C.: Pacific salmon & halibut

THE ATTRACTION: Breathtaking scenery in a remote location, with great fishing and the chance to see whales, orcas, bald eagles and other wildlife

BEST TIME: May through September

TOP TACTICS: Try mooching for salmon with cut-plug herring, and bottom fishing for halibut


ALSO PICKED: Lake Erie, Ontario, for smallmouth bass

*This hot spot was picked by other anglers in our survey. Find the complete list at