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  • Writer's pictureNew Wave Fishing Academy

Catch More Fish This Summer

Updated: Dec 16, 2023

At New Wave Fishing Academy we have one simple goal; help others become more successful anglers! While we have spent our entire lives learning how to be successful on the water developing our systems we know we wouldn't be anywhere without everything we have learned from others along the way. There will always be more than one way to be successful on the water and it is important to not get too stuck in old habits. To re-enforce the importance of learning from others we have reached out to some of the people we view as leaders in the fishing community for a number of different species to provide some quick tips that will help you put more fish in the boat this summer!


Salmon

Captain Stephanie Paris has no fear of big waters. She works both the north and south shores of Lake Ontario for a handful of different charter companies (Both Canadian & American). Her speciality is putting giant salmon in the boat but also targets brown trout. To connect with Captain Paris search her on instagram @re.pariss!

Captain Steph Paris With Monster Great Lakes Salmon

"Most anglers agree that the best and most versatile lures for salmon fishing are spoons. The colour options are vast and the spoons move aggressively in the water, attracting fish. Dipsy divers and riggers are helpful if you are fishing deeper water. Water depth can be anywhere from 20’ to 300’ so a good place to start is in between 40’ and 80’ of water. Fish will usually move deeper as the sun gets brighter and they will follow the natural bait fish; smelt and alewives. Another thing to watch for is water temperature. Chinook and coho salmon usually prefer 45-55 degree water. Putting these pieces together, combined with time on the water and a focus on having fun will help any new angler quickly fall in love with salmon fishing"


Largemouth Bass

Laszlo Feher is the founder of the Huron Bass Tour; a new open tournament series on the waters of Georgian Bay & the North Channel. While these waters are known for their great smallmouth fishing his passion has always been catching big largemouth! To learn more about Laszlo and the Huron Bass Tour connect with them on instagram, facebook, or at www.huronbasstour.com


Ontario Largemouth Bass - Huron Bass Tour

"1. Keep It Simple. Largemouth are an ambush predatory which means they need to be around cover no matter the time of year. Get your baits near cover (weeds, logs, docks, boulders, water trampolines, trees) and bites go up.


2. Slow Down. Don't rush through an area. It takes time for fish to find your bait amongst the cover and you might need to comb it thoroughly to get your bait in front of them.


3. Bite Windows. Realize that there are times the bite is on fire and times it is not. If the bite is hot fish quicker to make the most of it but if its not work the areas.


4. Fish Move So You Need To. Largemouth use different areas in each season to suit their needs. Learn their movements and go with them to keep catching throughout the year.


5.When In Doubt Senko It Out. Stickbaits like the senko are cheap and versatile. You can fish them a million different ways and any color imaginable. Big, small, senko's catch them all."


Smallmouth Bass

JR Tudhope is the owner and operator of Island Fishing Charters on Georgian Bay. While he offers charters for multiple species smallmouth are one of his favourites. To book an outing with JR or to see what Georgian Bay has to offer visit www.islandfishingchartergb.com

Georgian Bay Smallmouth Bass

"Without going too deep into things, here are some simple tips that will help put more smallmouth in your boat this summer.


1. Fish Confidence. When you're confident you fish better, more thoroughly, and present the bait right. Everyone has a confidence bait that works for them. My confidence bait for consistently catching smallmouth throughout the summer season is on a drop shot rig. The drop shot rig is very versatile and any angler at any skill level should learn how to fish it.


2. Different days different baits. Changing water temperatures will shift where in the water column bass are and not all baits can effectively work each zone. To combat this always have multiple rods rigged and ready on deck to cover the entire water column. If you don’t have or use electronics, quickly cycle through these baits it will become apparent where and what the bass want. I will typically have 5 or 6 different rods rigged up on deck to start the day. They usually include, a drop shot, Ned rig, wacky rig, swimbait and a crank bait.


3. Search baits are your friend. If you love exploring new water like myself and don’t have the help of live imaging, swimbaits and crank baits will help you cover water quickly and efficiently. When you find one smallmouth, you’ll find more. Once you do you can slow down and work the areas thoroughly.


4. The most important tip I can give to any bass angler is find out where the bass spawn, from there start moving out to deeper water. I’ve found all of my best smallmouth spots from knowing exactly where big bass spawn and working out towards deeper water from there"


Northern Pike

Alyssa Goodenough is a guide out of North Haven Resort on Utik Lake in Manitoba. Known as a trophy pike destination Alyssa does much more than her name implies by putting her clients on some of the biggest pike we have ever seen including the 47.75" shown. To connect with Alyssa you can follow her on instagram @lyssgoodenough and to get out on the water with her book your stay at https://www.northhavenresort.com/

Monster Pike Alyssa Goodenough Utik Lake

"I know a lot of musky anglers will hate me for saying it, but, the bigger a pike gets the more it acts like a musky! They are unbelievable intelligent and elusive. They are territorial, powerful predators, and it even goes as deep as individuals having unique personalities. As far as fishing for musky and pike go we fish the same structure with the same baits, just at slightly different times of the year and there are two main reasons for this: temperature and energy.


All fish species have what scientists call a preferred temperature range (PTR). Since fish are ectotherms, their body temperature is the same as their external environment, meaning their metabolic rate is dependent their surroundings. A preferred temperature range is where a fish can expend the least amount of energy for the greatest return. Northern pike have a preferred temperature range of about 65F to 70F (slightly lower than that of musky) and this is the main starting point when trying to target them. Between knowing their PTR and basic habitat needs throughout the open water season, you should be able to find a place that hold big pike.


From my experience there are 4 important pike periods to know before moving on:


1. Bay season - the spawn in shallow reed immediately after ice out until temperatures are no longer ideal.

2. Transition - the anglers least favourite period. Bays are too warm, weed growth is limited, and fish scatter. Some stay in bays, others leave and head deep or off rocks.

3. Weed bed season - From when they start to grow until they start to die (depleting waters oxygen) or get "choked" out. Weeds create shade, making sub-surface habitats cooler.

4. Pre-Fall/Fall - where the fish tend to relate more to rocks and drop offs.


One point I can't stress enough... SCOUT IN THE SPRING. Find spawning bays and look for the big girls when you can see them. Remember they are territorial, meaning they rarely move far unless they are required to and will often return year after year. Once they push out of bays they will often head to the nearest, desirable weed bed. If there are reeds, weeds, rocks, and deep water they likely won't waste precious energy on moving.


Now once in the right area, think ENERGY. For survival and to maximize reproductive success these big pike have to optimize their energy usage at all times. Anything that deviates from ideals will change their behaviour. When it's cold, they'll push up on rocks that hold heat. Weeds create shade in the heat. If the fish are slow, try adjusting your retrieve speed or bait size. If the fish seem weary or you are getting tons of follows, maybe hit the troll and see if giving the fish longer to commit helps."


Muskie

Carter Natale is a multi-species guide out of Wolseley Bay on the iconic French River. While he offers multi-species action he is known for the monster muskie he puts in the boat. One look at his instagram is all you will need to see what I mean. You can connect with him on instagram @carterscharters!

Monster French River Ontario Muskie Carters Charters

"When targeting muskie all anglers should be aware of and follow the major and minor periods of the moon cycle. If you have seen fish in the recent past returning to the spot during one of these periods can lead to a bite.


Anglers should also pay close attention to weather changes. It could be a wind switch, start/stop of rain, or even cloud cover changing. When these events happen go to areas you’ve seen fish and you will put more fish in the boat!"



Lake Trout

Christian Lewis is a Georgian Bay local that simply puts big fish in the boat, on the ice, and everywhere in between. He runs the Tik Tok page @onlyfishing0 which has some incredible underwater footage of big lakers and other viral fishing clips. He recently started guided charters on Georgian Bay out of Parry Sound and can be contacted through the instagram page @onlyfish_guideservice to book a trip.

"One of the most important things to keep in mind when targeting lakers no matter if you troll, downrig, or jig is they typically don’t like a bait that’s not moving! They are used to hunting down pelagic baitfish so you need to keep that bait moving at all times and they will chase it down. Small movements and dead sticking don't lead to as many bites.


The depth you are targeting can make all the difference. Lakers will use different depths depending on the time of year. Be sure to work flats of different depths to find which is the most productive. In the winter a flat or area thats 50-60 ft deep may be the spot but in the summer they may go to flats in 90-100+ ft deep. It all depends on the body of water and what their food is doing. "


Walleye (Yellow Pickerel)

Matt Eles is a resident of northern Ontario with a passion for catching walleye. He takes striking gold to a new level with giant walleye from the north channel, Georgian Bay, and other lakes in the Sudbury district. You can see for yourself on instagram @matt_eles.

Huge Walleye (Yellow Pickerel) Matt Eles

"If anyone is looking to catch more walleye this summer there are 3 important things to consider


1. Location, Location, Location.

The location of walleye during the summer months will vary from lake to lake. Typically within the summer, walleye will be suspended, so try trolling around main lake points or humps to start. In shallow lakes, you can often find walleye along weed edges or weed lines. The most effective way to target walleye in this situation is a spinner or blade style live bait rig tipped with a worm or leech. In shield lakes, like those here in Sudbury, Ontario, you will often find walleye suspended and roaming the basins chasing cisco or smelts. In this situation, I suggest to troll at 2-2.5 mph using big deep driving crankbaits, such as bandits or deep husky jerks. It is important to note that walleye are predatory fish, so don’t be afraid to troll crank baits fast!


2. Time Of Day.

In shallow weedy lakes you will often catch walleye in the weeds during anytime of the day. Focus on the wind blown side of the lake as walleye love the wind. The wind will stir up sediment and bugs, attracting baitfish which ultimately attract walleye. You are more likely to catch walleye through out the day in these shallow lakes when the water and sediment mixes and murks up the water. For deep shield lakes, it’s not uncommon to get the occasional mid day bite. However, you should focus on the “prime time” bite windows, those being early in the morning and a few hours before dark as walleye will often slide up on humps or points as the sun rises or sets. Focusing on these “prime time” windows during the summer months will help you catch more fish!


3. Baits

There are a ton of different baits and lures on the market that can have you second guessing or complicating what to do. I like to keep it simple. Spinner rigs or shallow crankbaits will be your best bet in shallow weedy lakes. In shield lakes, I suggest using a bigger profile minnowbait (bandit or deep husky jerk) which will be more representative of a smelt or a cisco/herring. During those prime feeding windows, fish will move up humps, I’ll often pitch swimbaits or a jig with a minnow. You cant go wrong with a good old fashioned jig and a minnow since fish eat fish!"


So there you have it. Tips for any species you might target this summer from experts on the species. We would like to extend our thanks to all that contributed to this post and all those in the community helping others to become more successful anglers.


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