Jesse Winchester
Jesse Winchester

NHL player Jesse Winchester’s fishing hot spots


Team: Free agent (most recent: Ottawa Senators 2011–12)

Position: Centre (#18)


Born: October 4,1983; Long Sault, Ontario

Years fishing: 24

Favourite fish to catch: Muskie


Biggest fish: 51½-inch muskie

1. Lake Nipissing, Ontario


Why: Good numbers of walleye and a decent shot at a trophy muskie.

When: August full moon.

Where: Weed edges, rock piles and drop-offs in Callander Bay. Idle Tyme Fishing Camp is a good bet.

How: Casting and trolling, quickly covering large areas.

2. Lancaster, Ontario

Why: Good numbers of monster smallmouth bass.

When: Summer into fall.

Where: Near Lancaster on Lake St. Francis, look for deep to shallow banks facing up current, sand flats, rock piles and points with strong currents.

How: Drop-shotting, tubes and jerkbaits. For beginners, drifting minnows along breaks practically guarantees fish.

3. Long Sault Parkway, Ontario

Why: Numbers of big walleye, many more than four pounds.

When: May is best.

Where: Strong St. Lawrence River current areas around bridges along the parkway, as well as submerged roads and railway beds.

How: Jig tubes from shore, or troll minnowbaits up current over structure.

4. St. Lawrence River, Ontario

Why: Numbers of walleye; big feisty pike.

When: Spring to early summer.

Where: Upper Canada Village near Morrisburg is a good place to start. Target breaklines along the western end of the area’s few shoals, as well as old creek beds and submerged bridges and roads.

How: Controlled drift, either jigging or bottom bouncing, or trolling up current with the deepest-running minnowbaits you can find.

5. Summerstown, Ontario

Why: Trophy muskies.

When: Late summer (and last fall thanks to the NHL lockout).

Where: Near Summerstown on Lake St. Francis, target weedlines and rock piles.

How: Cover as much water as possible by trolling big baits.

6. Bryson Lake, Quebec

Why: Great scenery, adventure and numbers of big lake trout and walleye.

When: All summer.

Where: Bryson Lake Lodge offers great accommodation. Follow schools of baitfish to locate big trout and walleye.

How: For lakers, troll 60 to 100 feet of water with frozen minnow rigs. For big walleye, troll wind-blown points in 15 feet of water with Rapala Tail Dancers.