Spring Steelhead Highlights
With the brutal winter we experienced here in southern Ontario steelhead fishing didn’t really get going until later in March, but once the rivers broke the action was incredible!
Writing for Ontario Out Of Doors magazine does has its benefits and in the 3rd week of March I was sent to Michigan on assignment to fish the Muskegon River. The Muskegon is an amazing river, probably the closest thing we have here in the great lakes to a west coast experience. It’s a big river averaging well over 200’wide and is best fished from a drift boat.
Numerous large fish were landed over the course of two full days, some on a variety of 10mm beads, some on dime sized roe bags….
Throughout late March and the month of April I averaged 3 days a week on the water, some spent with clients and on off days with my young son and a variety of good friends. Several treks north to fish some select Lake Huron trib’s were made. A number of trips were spent fishing Stateside in NY, PA and OH. A lot of kilometers were put on the vehicle!
Locally the Grand in Caledonia is “finally”starting to round into form. It was fishable over the trout opening weekend but then blew out again with heavy rains. It’s still extremely high and coloured and wading is potentially dangerous….but the fish are there. I expect it’ll remain good for at least another two weeks!
Although this year it seems May will be the prime month for steelhead, my season is now done. With ice breaking in the lakes up north my 2014 travel season is set to start soon. First trip is a fly in on May 20 to a small brook trout lake west of Wawa near the perimeter of Pukaskwa Park.
I’ll be bringing my young son along for that one so it should be special.
Tight lines to all,