Hi,I was wondering what are some river sections you recommend for steelhead fishing over the winter which are open all year for salmon and steelhead?Thanks

Posted on January 31st, 2017

Hi Matthew, during the winter most Great Lakes tributaries have some “hold-over” migratory brown trout from the fall run and also runs of winter-strain steelhead. Salmon finished running and the fall. Top large areas to fish are Port Dalhousie & the Niagara River, ON.


All the smaller tributaries that flow along the Lake Ontario shorelines have open-season stretches near the lake. Just check the OMNR&F Fishing Regulations for specific locations. One on the top of the list is the Ganaraska River, Port Hope, ON. It gets a good run of steelhead each winter and can be excellent fishing in the harbor and the lower stretch below the CNR railway tracks….God bless you.

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