Simeon Kubassek reports that steelhead are starting to run up the tributaries on the north-shore of Lake Superior even though Suprior is still frozen. Waters are cold but the steelhead are still starting their run and full of energy.
Simeon has been fishing roe bags under a float in rapids and smaller pools. These early run fish are silver and prime for taking trout or salmon eggs.
Unlike southern Ontario tributaries, Lake Superior tributaries are very rocky and fast-flowing. When the steelhead are running there they tend to shoot right through lower sections and up to the even smaller tributaries that have ideal spawning gravel so it’s always a gamble to try and intercept them in the lower pools.