TV fishing funnyman Dave Mercer reveals his top Canadian fishing spots


Huge pike, smallmouth and Arctic char top Dave Mercer’s list of fishing adventures at these amazing Canadian destinations

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



Each episode of Facts of Fishing features a day on the water in various locations across Canada with fishing funnyman and host Dave Mercer. The promise? “From big fish, backlashes, broken rods or Dave getting hooked in a part of his body that rhymes with bass, you’ll see it!” Learn more:



  1. CREE LAKE, SASKATCHEWAN: Northern pike

THE ATTRACTION: Fishing out of Cree Lake Lodge, you have the run of one of the greatest giant pike lakes in the entire world.

BEST TIME: Early June


TOP TACTIC: Target weed edges and drop-offs at the mouths of spawning bays, fan-casting six- to eight-inch Livetarget swimbaits.


  1. LAC BEAUCHÊNE, QUEBEC: Smallmouth bass

THE ATTRACTION: Home to Beauchêne Wilderness Lodge, Lac Beauchêne is just four hours by road from Toronto, but with the feel of a fly-in


TOP TACTICS: Work Livetarget’s HFC Craw crankbaits along drop-offs in the four- to eight-foot range, or drop-shot PowerBait MaxScent Flat Worms.


  1. TREE RIVER, NUNAVUT: Arctic char

THE ATTRACTION: This is the holy land of Arctic char fishing, with just 150 anglers visiting Plummer’s Tree River Lodge each summer

BEST TIME: July and August

TOP TACTICS: Fish Livetarget’s 4½-inch Rainbow Smelt Jerkbait Deep Dive in the lower section, and cast spoons in the upper stretch.