While some passionate Steelheaders focus on catching & releasing post-spawn these fish before they head back down to the Great Lakes, others like the idea of fishing upper stretches of the many Great Lakes tributaries where they have a chance of hooking the odd steelhead, but also colorful resident Brook & Brown trout.
John Grdosic likes to fly fish and use gear to catch a mixed species bag of trout & steelhead all in the same outing. This is where it helps to have a few roe bags in case you encounter a drop-back steelhead, some small garden worms and also a selection of small Vibrax spinners for the resident Brook & Brown trout. Some anglers take two rods; a classic steelhead drifting outfit and an ultralight spinning outfit so they are ready to fish both. High water levels this spring should produce great tributary fishing for several weeks to come.