Ice-out Steelhead pre-fish on Lake Ontario, ON tributary.

Posted on March 14th, 2011

[nggallery id=428]I took the time today to meet my good friends Bill & Shelly Selby and joined them to explore a Lake Ontario tributary east of Oshawa.  We are planning on shooting an “ice-out” steelhead TV show on Wed. using traditional drifting rods and centre-pin reels.  Today was an exploritory trip to see if it makes sense to even think of filming on Wed.  Morning temperatures were a cold -4C.  When we reached the tributary it looked like just a part of it had opened-up over the last couple of days and a large section going down to Lake Ontario was still choked with large ice chunks and also still frozen-over with ice that must be over 12″ in thickness. We started drifting spawn-sacks under a float in the first open water stretched and managed to hook about a dozen fresh-run rainbows.  The difficulty was that the water was so high and murky that it was tough to figure out where the actual runs were.  We saw quite a few fish “pushing-water” and boiling on the surface and it looked like they were dis-orientated by the conditions.  We are on for Wed. and we hope that the predicted sub-zero temperatures at night are in-deed trout.  Otherwise, there will be too much run-off and the fishing will be really tought.

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