As temps drop and Great Lakes migratory Brown Trout have for the most part finished spawning, they drop back towards the Great Lakes and they really start feeding again which is a great time to fish them using a variety of artificial drift-baits.
Many steelheaders will continue to use soft or hard beads, roe bags, jigs, flies and soft-plastic worms and grubs. These all work well but the key is locating “drop-back” browns. This is the time to fish the lowest sections of tributaries often referred to as “frog-water” (slow-moving, deeper and longer runs). Drift here are slower moving then upstream and anglers will do well down-sizing their float and split-shot sinkers to still get a natural drift at current-speed.
I have down well fishing browns right in to January if weather permits and tributaries still have open water.