Whitby Harbour, Ontario

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Pete with a Whitby Harbour Pike.
Location: Whitby Harbour, Ontario
GPS: N43º 51.453′ W078º 56.363′
Species: Northern Pike, Chinook Salmon

This Hotspot is the back end of Whitby Harbour. It was heavily featured in the Fish’n Canada episode, “Whitby Harbour Pikefest.” If you time it right, though, there will be a bunch of Salmon along with the Pike that gather here. An alternate area for both species with much easier foot access would be along the east pier closer to Lake Ontario. There’s a beautiful walkway and waterfront area right there.

Try casting and retrieving bright-coloured spoons in different sizes. Vary your retrieve speed until you find something that works. Flashy inline spinners—as well as jointed minnow baits—work well here, too.

If you are a spawn or roe angler, you should also do well.

Remember to bring a net that’s strong enough to handle a 15-20 lb Pike or a 30+ lb Chinook—it’s surprising just how big some of these fish are.

Baits: Spoons, Spinners, Minnowbaits, Roe
Presentation: Casting, Trolling, Float or Bottom Fishing
Water depth: 3-15+ feet