An all-round outdoorsman and former co-host of Fish TV, retired NHLer Owen Nolan has returned to the small screen as the star of his very own fishing and hunting program: Sportsman360TV on Wild TV.
Team: Retired (most recent: Minnesota Wild 2009–10)
Position: Right wing (#11)
Born: February 12, 1972; Belfast, Northern Ireland
Years fishing: 35
Favourite fish to catch: Bass
Biggest fish: 160-lb. marlin
Why: The incredible power of the chinook salmon.
Where: I prefer to fish the inlets away from the choppy water.
HOW: Trolling cutplugs and lures.
Why: The lake is loaded with pike and walleye—it’s easy to have 50- to 80-fish days.
When: June and July.
Where: For walleye, target rock piles, drop-offs and points. For pike, focus on bays, flats and weedbeds.
How: For walleye, use jigs and rip baits. For pike, nearly anything you can tie to your line will work.
Why: The chance to catch 10-pound-plus walleye.
Where: Near the town of Picton.
How: Trolling Reef Runners and Rapala Deep Tail Dancers with downriggers and planer boards.
Why: The opportunity to catch numbers and sizes of smallmouth bass.
Where: I have a lot of success at the mouth of the Niagara River, but it’s not the only place you can catch them.
How: It’s a great place to try any technique, but I can’t stop fishing topwaters.
Why: Great Pacific salmon fishing.
Where: Port Dalhousie is a good launching point.
How: Trolling rip baits.
Why: It’s fun catching jumbo yellow perch, and nothing beats the fish fry.
Where: This is another one of these places where it’s hard not to find fish.
How: Spinning gear with light line and soft-plastic minnows.
Why: The challenge of fighting steelhead and brown trout in a strong current.
When: November and December.
Where: Queenston and the Niagara River Whirlpool.
How: Nine- to 11-foot rods, light line and roe or yarn.
Why: The chance to fish for bass, crappies, walleye and muskies in just one location.
How: Too many tactics to list!
Why: Fun fights with big carp.
Where: Along the Lake Erie shoreline.
How: Use spinning gear with light line and dough balls, corn or worms.
Why: Small streams and big steelhead.
When: End of April.
Where: Any streams that run into Lake Ontario usually hold steelhead.
How: Nine- to 11-foot rods, light line, floats and roe bags, yarn or flies.