In the heart of Ontario’s popular Kawartha Lakes, Rice is shallow, fertile, weedy and a three-season, multi-species hot spot. In the spring, the north shore gives up good numbers of slab crappies, while summer means largemouth; although the wild rice beds have mostly disappeared, there’s still a lot of cover, including plenty of cottage docks. In the fall, meanwhile, football-sized smallies come out to play. And here’s a little-known tip: Fall is also a red-hot time for walleye.
In 2009, Crappie; Good numbers of decent-sized slabs
When to fish: Early in the season.
Where to fish: Work shallow, protected bays along the lake’s north shore, where the water warms quickly.
Tip: Fish small jigs tipped with tiny soft-plastic split tails or tubes, or in-line spinners.