Avid steelheaders in Ontario know that mild temperatures & rain in the beginning of March means the fish will start migrating up-stream in bigger numbers. We had so much precipitation in a short time last week that many of our tributaries have opened up and in some cases were flowing high with murky water. With the sub-zero night-time temperatures, the water has cleared enough for fish to bite!
Look for a good mix of smaller rainbows in the 1-3 lb. range to be more plentiful than the 5-12 lb. fish. As the water starts to subside and most of the ice moves out of the lower stretches, larger fish will be moving in. Fresh spawn-sacks tied in bright yellow mesh and drifted 2-6″ of the bottom will produce well.