Hi Italo! Happy New Year! I hope you had a safe and relaxing holiday.My question is about finding winter steelhead in Georgian Bay. I float fish in the tribs until they close for the season and occasionally I fish in the surf with floating roe bags during the winter. But I would love to get into some more active fish using lures! I went out twice last winter tossing spoons in the same areas where I catch steelhead using floating roe bags – but I didn’t get any hits. Neither time did I get even a single strike. Do you have any tips for catching steelhead (or browns, lakers, whatever!) during the colder months using hardware from shore?Tight line!-Alex

Posted on January 7th, 2022

Hi Alex, the only place I am familiar with catching Steelhead throughout the winter from shore using hardware is the Niagara River at the Whirlpool. One of the reasons why the fishing is good there is because there is a concentration of fish.

I think that in most of the smaller Great Lakes tributaries the Steelhead are scattered in the lake before they start staging at the mouths of the tributaries. I know of guys that fish them through the ice in late Feb. and March just off the tributaries when the ice is safe. I think that later in the winter you would also do well casting hardware off the piers. As you know with Steelhead fishing timing is very important…God bless you.

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