In-shore Lake Ontario Chinook Salmon Action.

Posted on September 28th, 2021

Many anglers are taking advantage of Lake Ontario Chinook Salmon moving closer to river mouths and staging to run of the rivers and spawn.

Small boat anglers are getting out with downriggers and Dipsey Divers trolling close to shore in water as shallow as 30′ and having good action. Timing is crucial when salmon are in-shore especially if the water is clear.

Chinook Salmon

Getting out early for shallow-water “staging” Chinooks is crucial to get them to strike.The Grdosic family has also been getting out early to make sure they get the first bite.

Chinook Salmon
Getting lines set and trolling over Chinook fish being marked on the sonar as the sun rises can produce fast strikes. In many cases the hot-bite is over within an hour.

Chinooks that are turning darker and doing less feeding can still be caught on spoons, flasher & fly combination and also with erratically swimming hard-baits like the Luhr Jensen Kwikfish and Rapala J13 in bright colors.

Chinook Salmon
Chinooks that start turning into their spawning colors still strike well and fight exceptionally.

If you’re planning to troll or cast for fall Chinooks make sure to get out early and don’t forget that they also strike well after dark and especially on “glow-in-the-dark” lures.

Make sure to check the fishing videos on our Italo Labignan YouTube channel and if you have any questions just email them to me at Ask Italo throughout our website.

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