North America is home to hundreds of thousands of lakes, with many of them nearly untouched and mostly unknown to the average fisherman. Want to get in on some of the best fishing spots off the beaten track? First, here’s a short list of things you should have to access these remote hotspots…
What You’ll Need
Though some of these more remote areas still can be accessed by a dirt road, it’s always a good idea to drive in a sturdy four wheel drive vehicle. Some of the even more adventurous fisherman will take off in their ATVs with a folding boat strapped to the back in order to access these lakes and rivers that are teeming with untapped fish.
So can I take my boat with me? No likely, there’s no way for most boats to be dragged along these wooded pathways. If you want to make sure that you’ll be able to get access to the best fishing spots in North America, it’s always a good idea to have a folding boat with you – they are portable, easier to maintain, and less expensive than the average boat.
Red Lake and Ear Falls
Located 26 hours outside of Toronto, this hidden haven is a fisherman’s dream. The lake is well stocked with fish like Walleye, Yellow Perch, Lake Trout and Northern Pike. To get to the lake, a four-wheel drive is an absolute must and a portable boat like a Quickboat would serve you best. The greatest thing about this location is that you can (and will likely need to) forge your own path through the woods to find your own fishing sweet spot.
Lake El Salto
Let’s step out of Canada and down into Mexico, home to one of the best bass lakes in America. Lake El Salto, located just slightly north of Mazatlan, is a 24,000 acre reservoir that’s used for irrigation. When the dam was built along this reservoir back in the 1980s, the Mexican government decided to stock the lake with tilapia. Billy Chapman, an American outfitter, saw great potential in the reservoir and decided to stock it full with Floridian large-mouth bass. Given the large quantity of food available and the few predators around to snap up the bass, the bass population grew exponentially and still continues to do so today.
Back in Sunset Country, Ontario and close to Minnesota lays another precious fishing gem that is seldom visited, Cliff Lake. Perhaps it’s the crystal clear waters of the lake that deters most fishermen, but don’t be fooled. This lake is loaded with several dark, deep bays that line the miles and miles of shoreline. Both anglers and novice fishers can find some hidden gems here, while also enjoying a more private fishing experience. Plan to catch several Whitefish, Musky, Walleye and Smallmouth Bass in these waters.