I had one of my last trips out on Lake Ontario for salmon on Thursday and Friday. They were both quick solo trips, and although the fishing wasn’t fast and furious, I did get my biggest salmon of the year in the boat. She was 30.5-pounds and hit a flasher and TriggerX Twinkie Rig with a TriggerX cut bait in the Natural Herring colour. I also got a bunch of 25-pound and under kings mostly on flasher and flies. I found them a bit deeper than I have been the past few weeks in the 60-80-foot range, and closer to the bottom. Waves of fish are coming into the creek and river mouths waiting for a rain to run up the rivers to spawn. Boat anglers and shore anglers alike can cash in on the action right now.
I had my luck down 60-75-feet in 60-85-feet of water. Flasher and Atomik flies were good, and the big fish hit the TriggerX rig. Now that the derby is over and I was fishing for fun, I used a Rapala North Coast mooching reel spooled with 20lb Sufix Siege line on RType downrigger rod. The other hits I got were on a Dipsy Diver with a 9-foot Sufix fluorocarbon leader in 50lb test with flasher/flies. The rod I used for the Dipsy was a wire Rapala RSC 10’6″ long with the spring tip, and the Hydros reels spooled with 30lb Mason stainless steel stranded wire.
The piers are good in the late evening into the dark. The action can be good anytime after dark into the early morning. There will be times they bite and shut down throughout the night. Casting glow spoons like the Blue Fox LilFoxee can be deadly, as can jointed Rapala J13, JPlugs and Rattling Rapalas. This action will only last a couple of weeks, so get out when you can before it’s over!