I remember back in the mid-80’s to early-90’s when the Ganaraska River, ON was the “jewel” of the annual Lake Ontario tributary steelhead runs. The steelhead runs in that period averaged over 14,000 steelhead passing through the Ganaraska River fishway. Today those numbers are around 5,000, or lower.
(statistics provided by Lake Ontario Fisheries Management Unit, 2015 report)
I still see nice steelhead images of anglers catching fish there for the most part in late winter and early spring before the regular seasons opens, but they are few and far between. Will our steelhead numbers get so low that it won’t be worth the time and effort to hook-up on a few fish in a season? Time will tell.