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Rainbow Trout pre-fish on Lower Niagara River, ON.

Posted on January 10th, 2012

[nggallery id=667]I stopped to check the water conditions on the Lower Niagara River, ON yesterday and the water clarity was about 2′.  Hearing that the weather is going to get colder starting Fri., I planned to shoot a trophy rainbow trout TV show on the Lower Niagara with Aldo Nava who operates, www.niagarafishingadventrues.com on Wed., but wanted to pre-fish today to make sure the fish were hitting on one of the drifts.

Joining Aldo and I today were father and son John & Rick Zuidersma.  We met at the Queenston Boat Launch around 9:30am and headed out around 10am.  The water clarity looked a little more turbid with visibility only about 16″.  We decided to fish a very popular run on the Canadian side referred to by Niagara fishermen as the “pipeline”.  On our first drift Aldo ended up hooking the first fish.  We fished out of Aldo’s boat since our plan was to use it as the camera boat on Wednesday’s TV shoot but it experienced some issues.  We lost some time trying to figure out why it was stalling.  Aldo got it running again and we were off fishing again.  We fished for about 3 hrs. and landed a total of about 5-rainbows.  The last silver male was landed by Rick fishing the Queenston “back-drift” just before pulling the boat out.

The air temperature was around 4.5C, which is amazingly mild for the middle of January and we were quite comfortable fishing in light clothing.  We used Rapala Shift baitcasting outfits with Sufix Siege and Tritanium monofilament lines in 8 lb. test with Sufix 6 lb. test fluorocarbon leaders.  All of our fish were caught on freshly tied trout-egg spawn sacks that Aldo had prepared.  We are looking forward to good conditions again tomorrow and a great TV shoot!

Conditions are excellent right now to catch trophy migratory rainbow and brown trout in the Lower Niagara River, ON.  If you want to have some winter fun on the water, book a charter with Aldo.  You can contact him through his website above.

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