Great Lakes tributary anglers can choose from fishing smaller streams or really big rivers. Among the biggest are the ones connecting the Great Lakes like the Niagara and St. Mary’s river. On of the main challenges is fishing both at the right time. Water levels and water color play a big role in how catchable the steelhead will be so timing is everything.
Late fall is one of the best times to fish these big rivers since the steelhead are running for the first time and are usually silver and full of energy. Many of them will spawn in the winter and remain in the rivers until spring. Matt Cory from Topset Sport Fishing and his friends know this well and make the long trips to fish both big rivers where the results are usually trophy Steelhead.
Fresh-run steelhead love to take roe bags and single imitation eggs. This is definitely the time to fish drift-outfits, and float rigs bouncing your offering just off the bottom and fishing the current/structure seams. Bright colors usually work well and covering lots of water.
Fresh steelhead will move quite a distance if they spot a drift bait in clear water and will usually take right away.