Since Dec.1, the Lake Ontario Lake Trout opener anglers have been heading out to the Niagara River, Queenston, ON and also heading down to the Niagara Bar to enjoy post-spawn Lake Trout fishing.
Lake Trout feed heavily after spawning and can be caught drifting the main river, fishing the Bar, and even trolling or casting lures along the shoreline at the western end of Lake Ontario.
The Grdosic family had a chance to take their pup out and enjoy some excellent river drifting for fall Lakers. Most anglers will be drifting along the bottom with a 3-way rig and 1oz pencil weight using either fresh salmon egg spawn-sacks, imitation single salmon eggs, streamer flies, and 4″ plastic minnows.
One of my favorite lures to catch Lakers on in the Niagara River is bottom bouncing either a small Luhr Jensen Hot Shot or KwikFish lure. The lures work especially well if the river is murky from winds on Lake Erie and can out-produce using any of the drift-baits. Look for the Lake Trout fishing to be excellent for the next 4-weeks both in the river and at the mouth.