Mid to end of March is an excellent time to intercept those steelhead that are still running through the “all-year” open sections of the lower stretches of Lake Ontario tributaries.
As most tributary waters recede, steelhead will quickly make a last attempt to enter and head up-stream quickly. As soon as water temps. rise the steelhead run will be followed by the sucker run.
Fresh roe-bags is one of the best ways to catch them but Fan Liang has done extremely well catching steelhead trough the fall and winter using a special egg-fly pattern.
These can be fished with a fly rod or under a float with a drift outfit. In both cases, to produce the best results it’s important to keep the fly withing 1′ of the bottom and drift it naturally through pools and runs.