Steelheading in Ontario rivers is not restricted to only the spring. Summer time brings off shore Steelheading into “prime time.” The good lakes of Ontario supply spectacular summer time ‘bow’ fishing, and the lakes are in good type!
Lakes Ontario, Erie, Huron and Georgian Bay all produce good silver bullets, however my private favorites are Lakes Ontario and Erie.
Lake Ontario, from the Niagara River mouth to the Ganaraska River in Port Hope, offers Rainbow trout fishing of the deep. In the course of the scorching summer time months I discover
Rainbow trout within the deeper water column of 90 ft and depths of as much as 250 ft. The warmer the times the deeper I’ll journey. When making the primary journey to Lake Ontario I like to start out my search at 200 to 250ft of water and transfer in shallow from there. Temperature clearly performs a key position because it does with any sort of fishing. When you’ve got a temperature probe in your downriggers discover that constant 60 to 65 diploma F mark and begin your fishing at that spot. In case you do not personal such a luxurious then begin your cannon balls at depths of 15ft and 20ft, dropping down 5ft intervals each half hour or so or till you discover the fish. Bait fish are additionally a very good indication of the place the bows can be too.
For Lake Ontario Steelhead I like to make use of spoons such because the Northern King – inexperienced/silver, orange/silver and blue/silver combos. Watermelon and Emerald are additionally good colours in Northern King spoons. Silver Fox makes nice spoons in the identical colours talked about above for operating ‘cheaters’, which is the best way to go, when off shore Steelheading. Rapala black and silver physique baits additionally work nicely as does Yozuri black/silver and chartreuse/inexperienced shade combos. The record is countless, however spoons, for me, are all the time a great start line.
Lake Erie is one other unbelievable Steelhead fishery. It is overrun and the Steelhead are comparatively straightforward to seek out. Scorching summer time months ship me looking within the deeper water column, which, in Lake Erie, is 70 to 80 ft of water. To succeed in these depths one should journey a reasonably long way versus Lake Ontario. Lake Erie is a shallow lake so maintain your eye on the climate when off shore fishing as a result of it could actually ‘decide up’ in a moments discover. Erie just isn’t a lot totally different than Lake Ontario so far as velocity and lures go. With a velocity of two to 2.5 mph. similar lures talked about above are used with the addition of lures such because the A.C Shiner in blue/silver combos and black and silver in addition to Bomber physique baits in the identical shade patterns. Spoons although are nonetheless a superb start line together with the 60 to 65 diploma F. mark together with your temperature probe. Attempt the identical technique of discovering them in Lake Erie as Lake Ontario, begin your cannon balls at 15ft and by implementing your 5ft depth modifications at half hour intervals you should not have a tough time discovering the Bows. A superb rule of thumb for each these lakes is to run an extended lead due to the shallow depths you are fishing. Usually, that is the place Steelhead are discovered.
When hooked within the river Steelhead are recognized to be wonderful fighters, however when caught within the wide-open lake properly,…that is what I name ‘recent water Marlin’. They’re a sight to see, with their tail strolling acrobatics and torpedo like maneuvers, preventing onerous to the very finish. That’s the reason I’ve large respect for this fish! When releasing them again into the wild I can not assist however marvel, who is admittedly ‘hooked’ right here, the Steelhead ………..or me?