Good Time To Intercept Fresh-Run Steelhead

Posted on March 30th, 2009


I had the chance to fish a Lake Ontario tributary stream in Newcastle, ON and can confirm that the conditions yesterday were challenging. The air temperature in the early morning was around -2C and there was a cold 20km wind blowing from the NW. The water clarity was about 3′ and the fish were lathargic. We fished fresh-tied rainbow trout spawn sacks and tested some of the new Rapala Magnum series steelhead rods ranging in length from 9 1/2 – 11′. My friend Roger Cannon and I landed 8 migratory trout in about 4-hrs. fishing. The fish ranged from 3-12lb. in size. All but one were silver, fresh-run female rainbows.

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