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Get in on five of the hottest bites of the fishing season.

1. Lake Trout (although smallmouth bass, steelhead, and brown trout may interrupt your party)

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The Expert: Jeff Pierce, 42, Scottsville, NY, portfolio manager for Mustad

Where: Lower Niagara River, in front of Fort Niagara and the big sandbar at the mouth of the river leading into Lake Ontario

When: Late October through the end of November

Why: This is not fishing–it’s abuse of the resource. You will catch a mixed bag of 60 to 100 fish. The baitfish pile up just off the current edge. Alewives and emerald shiners get flushed down the current and create a buffet for all the sportfish.

How: If you’re going to pick one bait to catch all species, swim a 5-inch grub off the bottom. Lakers and smallies hug the bottom; browns and steelhead will be higher in the water column. Use a ¼-ounce jighead with 20-pound braid connected to a 15-pound Seaguar fluoro leader.

Quick Tip: A lot of people fish grubs too fast. You have to fish these baits super slow. Be patient and you will get hammered by something.

2. Rainbow Trout

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The Expert: Chris Horton, 40, midwestern states director, Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation

Where: White River, Cotter, AR

When: November through January

Why: The whole White River system is loaded with stocked trout, both rainbows and browns. Plus, these fish reproduce naturally. Even a very inexperienced angler will catch 25 to 30 trout a day here.

How: This is easy–just buy a can of corn. Use a small split shot and a small hook. Put a kernel on the hook and let it drift.

Quick Tip: This is the best time of year to enjoy this fishery because the river does not fluctuate nearly as much as in summer.

3. Smallmouth Bass

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The Expert: Chris Gulstad, 41, executive director of marketing, Pradco Fishing

Where: Mississippi River between Monticello and Elk River, MN

When: The first week in June (the bass opener for Minnesota)

Why: During this week, the fish are active and very willing to bite. They live in crazy current, so they fight hard. You will catch 100 fish a day.

How: The most surefire technique is to take a 7-inch lizard like the YUM Zellamander and drag it behind the boat while you drift downstream with the current.

Quick Tip: This is not a fishery for big bass boats or anything with a V bottom. It’s skinny water with current that is sometimes fierce.

4. Largemouth Bass

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The Expert: Ish Monroe, 39, Hughson, CA, Bassmaster Elite Series pro

Where: Clear Lake, CA

When: Late April into early May

Why: You will catch 100 bass per day, 50 of which will be between 3 and 5 pounds apiece.

How: Throw a Snag Proof Ish Phat Frog.

Quick Tip: Swing hard when you get a bite. These fish will bury themselves in grass.

5. Albacore Tuna

The Expert: David Brinkerhoff, 31, Woodland, WA, product development engineer for G. Loomis rods

Where: Look for structure that causes an upwelling alongside a temperature break.

When: Second week of August

Why: The fish are a little shallower at this time of year, so you can catch them deep or just below the surface.

How: A butterfly jig will load the boat.

Quick Tip: You can never work a jig fast enough–speed is a fish killer.

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