Hi Italo,I’m moving to the Thornbury area and have heard shore fishing for Splake, Salmon and Rainbows is good.Can you tell me if this is true, and what set up would you use for beach fishing ? surf rod and reel ?Baits and rigs ?God Bless,Johnny

Posted on June 2nd, 2018

Hi Johnny, as far as I know, most of it is true. Not sure about the Splake population. They may no longer be stocking Splake and if Splake  reproduce in the wild their offspring’s revert back to either Lake Trout or Brook Trout. Salmon and Rainbows are still available but not in the numbers they were decades ago. Ok, regarding timing and fishing info. :

  • Steelhead – Oct.-May. You can target them with lures when they start staging in the fall and spring at the mouth of the river by trolling around the mouth or casting 1/4 oz. spoons, Vibrax #3 spinners and Jointed Rapalas. When they enter the river you can continue to catch them on lures including the Luhr Jensen KwikFish. Roe bags will work well as the weather get’s colder and they are in the tributary mouth longer and in the spring when you target them up-upstream.
  • Salmon – Sept.-Nov. You can troll/cast the Rapala J13 in the fluorescent orange or chartruse, larger KwikFish and especially glow-in-the-dark spoons after dark off at the mouth when they start to staging and entering the lower section of the river. Once they are in the river best to drift-fish for them with roe bags.
  • For beach fishing both, use a 9-11′ steelhead spinning rod and reel loaded with 10 or 12 lb. test monofilament line and fish a sliding-sinker rig with a 2-3′ leader and floating roe bag that will suspend off the bottom. You can use small pieces of Styrofoam to float the roe bags, or a small marshmallow.

The steelhead and salmon may not be as plentiful as they were years ago, but they are still lots of fun and excellent eating from Lake Huron/Georgian Bay.

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