Winter time is Steelhead time on the Niagara River, ON but conditions can often keep anglers from catching winds. Strong winds in Lake Erie can really stir up the water which results in no water visibility in the Niagara River. The key is to time trips where the water is an off-green and the winds are not too strong so anglers can drift properly with the current.
James Packer braved sub-zero temperatures to take advantage of good water conditions. He drifted structure and current breaks in 20-30′ of water near shore using his electric trolling motor to keep his 3-way rig as close to the bottom as possible.
James did well drifting yarn flies and the Fishing Compete Italo’s Minnow in the white color and fished on a jighead. With this “yo-yo” weather there are bound to be many Niagara River fishing opportunities throughout this winter.