The mild weather is finally her (at least for a week!), and it’s allowing us catch some steelhead before the smaller Lake Ontario & Lake Erie tributaries”blow-out” from forecast precipitation and snow melt. While some of the tributary “all-year” open fishing sections are frozen, others have open areas. I am getting good reports of anglers already hooking 10-20 fish/days. When the tributaries do blow-out, we will only have about 5-7 days of excellent fishing before the steelhead move up-stream and the suckers move into the lower stretches.
Best presentation to use this time of the year in the harbor mouths is either salmon or trout egg sacks fished suspended off the bottom with a “sliding-sinker rig”, or fished under a sensitive float in the lower sections of the tributaries. Now is the time to use the steelhead “drift-rods” and light line to get as much action out of each fish as possible!
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