America's 5 Hottest Fishing Spots

Eastern Lake Ontario

The record books say it all. Eastern Lake Ontario and its tributaries make up the finest, most easily accessible trophy trout and salmon fishery in North America. Home to 10 current world records and three state records, the Big O's eastern basin is like no other fishery in the East. "I've fished here 30 years, and I'm still amazed," says Capt. Ernie Lantiegne of Fish Doctor Charters. "Where else do you regularly see 20-pound browns and steelhead, and 30-pound chinook salmon that at times are so thick they practically swim between your legs?" Sweet Spots: Off the Oswego and Salmon Rivers for chinooks What's Hot: M-2 Flatfish and hunks of skein for river chinooks. Oswego and Salmon Rivers for huge walleyes and browns Local Advice: "The Oswego and Salmon Rivers can be crowded," Capt. Lantiegne says. "Weekdays are best." Prime Time: March through December, depending on species Record Fish: Ten line-class world records, and three all-tackle state records for chinook salmon (47 pounds 13 ounces), coho salmon (33 pounds 7 ounces), and brown trout (33 pounds 2 ounces) More Info: Fish Doctor Charters, 315-963-8403; www.fishdoctorcharters.com