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Fresh-run southern Ontario Steelhead.

Posted on October 19th, 2017

October is probably the top month for Lake Ontario tributary anglers to capitalize on catching Chinook salmon. Some fish them for the fun, others to collect enough eggs to keep them steelheading right through until next spring.

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Matt Cory of TopSet Sportfishing has caught his share of tributary salmon and is now concentrating on fresh-run steelhead. Oct. rains draw silver fish up from the lake that are eager to take a well presented roe bag.

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These “chromers” fight hard and look brilliant. Good idea to make sure you load-up your reels with fresh line and run a fluorocarbon leader at least 18″ long. Vary the size of your roe bags from dime to nickel diameter and also tie up colors ranging from yellow to pink and chartreuse. That way, no matter what water conditions you encounter you will be able to catch fish!

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