Jim Sammons shares his top 4 Canadian kayak-fishing spots


Lake trout, pike, muskies and Chinook salmon are among Jim Sammons’ top Canadian fishing picks

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.



Host Jim Sammons ventures around the globe hunting for the most challenging gamefish to tackle from the confines of his kayak. Each episode features incredible fishing action against the backdrop of exotic locales, complete with fishing tips for aspiring kayak anglers. Learn more: www.kayakfishingshow.com



  1. CAMPBELL RIVER, B.C.: Chinook salmon

THE ATTRACTION: Excellent fishing for salmon, lingcod and rockfish, and the chance to join the vaunted Tyee Club by catching a 30-pound or better chinook



TOP TACTIC: Follow the Tyee Club rules, trolling a lure with a single, barbless hook on 20-pound-max line from a non-motorized boat.


  1. GREAT BEAR LAKE, N.W.T.: Lake trout & northern pike

THE ATTRACTION: Fishing out of Plummer’s remote, self-guided Arctic Circle Lodge, expect next-to-zero fishing pressure, crystal-clear clean water and giant fish

BEST TIME: July through August

TOP TACTIC: Trolling works best; you can also sight-cast when the huge fish are stacked up.


  1. NOOTKA SOUND, B.C.: Chinook salmon

THE ATTRACTION: Along with fishing for chinook out of Moutcha Bay Resort, home to B.C.’s largest annual kayak-fishing derby, you can also hit the deeper water for halibut, lingcod and rockfish

BEST TIME: Late August

TOP TACTIC: Deep-troll spoon, plugs or cut-bait using heavy weights as down riggers.



THE ATTRACTION: From Lake Traverse, a multi-day paddling trip up the Petawawa through Algonquin Park, offering numerous hook-ups on large muskies.

BEST TIME: Mid-September

TOP TACTIC: Fish above and below rapids, as well as mid-river weedbeds, with topwater frogs and weedless swimbaits.


ALSO PICKED: Fraser River, B.C. for white sturgeon; Wollaston Lake, Saskatchewan, for pike

*These hot spots were also picked by other anglers in our survey. Find the complete list at www.outdoorcanada.ca/2020hotspots.