Covering 15,000 square kilometres, Lake Huron’s Georgian Bay is almost as big as Lake Ontario, and the fishery is nearly as varied. Over the years, we’ve suggested trolling off Owen Sound for salmon, fishing buzzbaits along weedlines for big pike, casting around Honey Harbour for smallies and huge muskies, and drifting roe bags for rainbows (and the odd giant catfish) in Severn Sound. There’s even great, untapped largemouth fishing in the massive bay’s innumerable weed-filled nooks and crannies.
Why We Chose It: In 2010, Smallmouth bass; Great numbers and big fish.
When to Fish: Late June to ice-up.
Where to Fish: Early in the season look for sandgravel transitions, and later focus on deepwater drop-offs and rock-weed transition areas.
Tip: Try tube jigs, willowleaf spinnerbaits, three- to seven-inch jerkbaits and Bass Assassins, or fly fish with leech patterns.