Most Steelhead anglers in southern Ontario recognize that the Niagara River, ON is one of the best places to catch Steelhead, Brown Trout and Lake Trout during the cold-weather months.
Our friends the Grdosic family were out recently and can confirm the fishing has been good.
Most anglers targeting fall Steelhead drift 3-way rigs with a 3′ lead and either use a roe bag, single imitation salmon egg, a 4″ long plastic minnow (like the Fishing Compete Italo’s Minnow), or a 4″ streamer fly drifting them just off the bottom.
Some of the best locations to locate all three species in water depth of 20-30′ where the main current meets the shoreline structure and produces a slower drift. Some of the best drifts have a “sticky-bottom” and it’s common to get hooked-up and even break-off many times during each fishing session. It’s a good idea to bring lots of terminal tackle to re-tie and also watch for cluster of boats that are hooking fish.
Our friend Michael Szwez had a chance to get out on Georgian Bay with his son and friend for a late fall-season fish outing. They were targeting Smallmouth Bass on humps when all of a sudden Michael’s son had a surprise big fish on.
It turned out to be a trophy-size Musky that picked-up a soft-plastic fished as a Ned-rig right on the bottom. Just goes to show you that you don’t have to fish big baits to hook a big fish!
They also did well catching chunky Smallmouth Bass fishing humps that came up to 20′ of water and surrounded by 60′ water. Smallmouth Bass, Walleye, Pike and Musky will visit these same structure areas as water temps drop looking for forage before ice-up.