Late summer is a great time to head out deeper in Lake Ontario and target crappy steelhead that are feeding heavily before starting to stage at the mouth of the Great Lakes tributaries to eventually make their fall/winter spawning runs.
While you can entice them on a variety for trolling rigs, fluttering spoons fished off downriggers, Dipsey Divers and sinking long-lines are very consistent. The image above features a steelhead being held up by Carolyne Nava (Capt. Aldo Nava’s wife), hit an orange and black Mattrix spoon fished 60′ below the surface right after a major storm passed through. These fish are wonderful gamefish that can be enjoyed out in the Great Lakes or in the tributaries, best handled with care, take a quick picture and than release your catch for someone else to enjoy!