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Our good friend Jamie Shepherd recently fished for Lake Ontario Salmon near the mouth of the Niagara River using the Rapala Scatter Rap Tail Dancer lures in water averaging 30′ deep.
He confirms that both Chinook and Coho salmon are still feeding on alewife and smelt that are coming off the shorelines.
Jamie kept a few of his fish to enjoy on the grill and if cleaned properly removing all the fat from the belly and back, they are delicious!
The regular Walleye season just opened last weekend in southern Ontario but anglers in the southwestern part of the province have been enjoying catching them as early as March and continue to catch them now. The large females for the most part have returned to the Great Lakes but anglers can still enjoy catching eating-size walleye from shore and from boats.
Our friend Scott Clark recently went back to the Detroit River and had excellent fishing with his buddies right off the Windsor waterfront. They used 5/8 oz. jighead tipped with 4″ soft-plastic minnows fished along the bottom to catch their fish.
While most anglers fishing for Great Lakes salmon in southern Ontario usually target Lake Ontario, Gord Hansford decided to fish Lake Huron. While Lake Huron dosent get anywhere near the stocking Lake Ontario does, it can still produce good catches of Chinook salmon.
Spring time is an excellent time to target them in-shore in water less than 50′ deep where they feed on smelt and other baitfish that are heading into shallow-water as it starts to warm up. Standard trolling gear including downriggers, Dipsey Divers, sinking lines work well fished with flashy spoons and also flasher/fly combinations.
Italo Labignan YouTube channel video, fishing for shallow-water panfish and visiting the ICHA Fishing Derby that takes place annually in Windsor, ON.