So I went out today for some steelhead at a local creek which is very deep, wide, and slow in most portions of the creek and got skunked after fishing about 5 hours on at least a mile long stretch in a Lake Erie trib. I was fishing seams, behind logs, bends in the creek, straight open stretches, etc. Basically everywhere I could put my line in, I tried. I was wondering what type of structure or water I should be looking for, and even if a large portion of the creek is deep and slow, will the fish most likely be near the bottom or suspended? Thanks!

Posted on April 6th, 2020

Hi Lloyd, if you were fishing the “all year” open sections of a tributary in all likelihood the steelhead have moved through and are up-stream ready to spawn or spawning. Those stretches don’t open until the regular trout fishing seasons opens. I don’t think you did anything wrong and you were fishing good water but the fish are simply not there…God bless you.

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