Category: steelhead/salmon - river lures

hi italo,I hope you’re well. I just watched the graham creek steelhead episode, filmed right after ice-out. I was wondering what part of the day would be good fishing that early in the season? Was that episode filmed in the morning?

Posted on November 14th, 2020

Hi Brad, when there is still ice in the tribs and nights are cold our most productive fishing is later in the day when the sun has melted some of the shoreline ice and the water has warmed up and dirtied up a bit from run-off.

Our best fishing is usually between 9-2pm.

 

God bless you,

Italo

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hi M.ItaloWould like to bring my kids steelhead fishing from 5 to 14 march. I have a 16 foot princecraft starfish and i am wondering where to go. I could take a well equiped fishing guide too if it is necessary.May you help me to find what i’m looking for?Thank youDaniel

Posted on February 4th, 2017

Hi Daniel, that week in March is traditionally one of the best times to troll for “staging” steelhead at the mouth of most of our Lake Ontario tributaries. Every tributary depending on it’s size and whether it’s open or locked-up by ice can have different numbers of steelhead staging at the mouth. The larger rivers like the Ganaraska River, Port Hope, ON is always a good location that early since it has more flow and the chance of having more fish at the mouth is good, especially if there is still ice up-stream. If we have a mild end of April/beginning of March, there should be a good number of fish at the mouth of even the smaller tributaries like Bowmanville Creek.

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Flat-lining and trolling wobbling 1/4 oz. spoons like the Lil’Cleo, Luhr Hensen Kwikfish in size #7 and a variety of Rapala body baits in the 11cm length should work well. Long-leads are less likely to spook fish in shallower water and you may also want to run one or more in-line planer boards to get the lures away from the outboard-trail…God bless you.

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hi Italo, I,ve run into a few times over the years and even got my picture posted once. My friends and I are planning our annual 5 day river fishing trip. This year we have decided on lake Michigan around oct 14th, and I would love to know if you recommend any rivers or locations. Are plan was to start at the furthest point in traverse city and work our way back to Toronto over the days. A few years ago you recommend Manatoulin island and it was FANTASTIC, to the point that we made it our annual trip 3 years in a row, and now we want to try something else. please email me back at richardreis@gmail.com

Posted on September 22nd, 2016

Hi Richard, Glad you enjoyed Manitoulin Island! You are planning on covering a lot of territory in 5-days.  Not knowing the conditions on various tributaries, the best info. I can give you is to check the Michingan DNR for updates on specific rivers before you start your trip.

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Here is the link, http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-153-10364_59567_59569-34956–RSS,00.html#NWLP . Hope you have a great trip…God bless you.

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I know this is a long shot but would you be interested in fishing a lake erie trib with me in Norfolk county? We have a great run of steelhead and the pink salmon and brown trout are starting to run our creeks right now. I’m sure you don’t just go fishing with anyone but just thought I’d ask, just email me back if you’re interested! Thanks, Kevin

Posted on September 17th, 2016

Hi Kevin,  Thank you for the invite. Yes, I would be interested, but it probably would not be until after Nov. 1. I am still shooting on location for the new TV series.

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I am surprised to hear that there are pink salmon and browns running up a Lake Erie tributary in any numbers. I did not think that many of them were stocked in Erie?

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Hi Italo Hope all is well. Generally what months are the migratory trout densities highest in the whirlpool Thanks.

Posted on October 10th, 2014

Hi Greg….Nov. to May….God bless you, Italo

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hi italo. Planning to target some steelhead and salmon in the durham region. wilmot or duffins creek. would you know what the best access points are to fish Thanks

Posted on October 6th, 2014

Hi Ryan…Duffins Creek- Access at Church St., Pickering right under Hwy.#401 to fish the stretch trough the golf course. Access Bayly St., West right at the Duffins Creek bridge, parking area on east side to access from Bayly to Lake Ontario. Oshawa Creek- Access at Simcoe St. South, Oshawa at bridge to fish stretch to harbor or going north to first rapid stretches. Access at Thomson St.. Access at Wentworth and Bloor St. Bowmanville Creek – Access off Liberty St., Bowmanville south where it ends at the railway tracks to reach the “S”bend, north and south. Access at West Beach Road to access “willow-section to marsh”. Soper Creek – Access at West Beach Road. Wilmot Creek – Access off Toronto St., west of Mill St exit and south of Hwy.#401 (parking lot) and short walk to railway bridge to access south to lake and north to Hwy.#2….God bless you, Italo

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good morning italo mike here..just seen your trip on the u.niagra for smallies..nice pics. im comming ffrom stoney creek where would i launch my 16 sylvan from never fished the u.niagra and is it safe for a first timer thanks again and have a great day..

Posted on September 5th, 2014

Hi Mike…You are best off launching your boat at the Chippewa Creek (Welland River), boat launch in Chippewa, ON.. To get there take the QEW through Niagara Falls, ON. On the south end of Niagara Falls you will see the Lyon’s Creek Rd., exit. Take the exit and head east towards the Niagara River. You can’t miss the boat launch, it will be on your left-side. From there when you launch your boat, head east to the river and once on the Niagara, head south towards Fort Erie. One of the most sheltered and productive stretches to drift for smallmouth bass there is drifting right down the middle of the river from the south tip of Grand Island to where the river narrows, always staying in Canadian waters. Hope you catch lot’s of fish….God bless you, Italo

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Hello Italo. I hope you and your family are well. I live in Toronto and just bought a new fishing kayak. what are some good areas in the Toronto area to fish with a kayak. I like fishing for bass walleye and salmon.

Posted on August 12th, 2013

Hi Chris…We are well, thank you. Good areas to fish right now with your Kayak for bass are all the lower stretches of the GTA tributaries like the Rouge River, Credit River, Don River, Humber River, Sixteen-Mile Creek, Credit River and Bronte Creek. Smallmouth and some pike are in all the lower sections of these tributaries. Best lures to use for them are the Jointed #7 Rapala, the Rapala Dives To Thug crankbait, Vibrax #3 spinner, 4″ tube-1/8 oz. tube jighead, 1/4 oz. spinnerbaait. Some Chinook salmon are already “staging” in the same river/creek harbor mouths and you can easily fish them close to the harbor mouth by either trolling or casting for them. Good lures for the salmon are casting spoons in the 3/8 oz. size, the Jointed Rapala #13 in fluorescent orange and chartreuse, a Vibrax #4 spinner and the Luhr Jensen Kwikfish. For walleye, you will have to travel outside of Toronto. I can recommend Lake Scugog which has an excellent late summer, fall, shallow-water walleye fishery within 500 yds. of the Hwy.#7A causeway in Port Perry, ON. As the water temperature drops walleye will be caught as shallow as 2′ of water as the sun goes down. Best presentation is to cast either a Jointed Rapala #11 or a Rapala Husky Jerk #11, both fished just below the surface….God bless you, Italo

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Hello Italo What type of rod would you recommend for fishing steelhead I mostly use the X4 flat fish with 8 pound line. Thanks

Posted on November 19th, 2012

Hi Scott…If you mostly cast artificials for steelhead I would suggest you consider getting the Rapala North Coast 8′ medium-action steelhea/salmon rod….God bless you, Italo

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Hi there Italo i am planning to start steelhead fishing on the cowichan river and also the stamp river this winter. I was wondering if you could tell me the outfit that you would recommend. Thanks!

Posted on September 27th, 2012

Hi Josh…You have a few options. You can go with a west coast spinning or steelhead option, or even a center-pin drifting outfit, really your call. The rods should be in the 10 1/2 – 13′ range. No matter which outfit you choose, it should be rated for line 12-25 lb. test. As you know, some of the west coast steelhead can weigh over 25 lb….God bless you, Italo

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