Local angler Kevin Ritza grants Pete Bowman permission to fish on his private property along the Ganaraska River in Southern Ontario. Kevin and Pete enjoy some early spring fishing, wading the “Ganny” searching for river run Steelhead (rainbow trout), while providing tips to catching this active and alluring fish.
February’s HotSpot is a rare and easily accessible open water fishery during the cold winter months. This is a turn (point) in the Niagara River that will concentrate Steelhead, Brown Trout and sometimes Lake Trout. Bottom-bounce either roe bags or minnows along with the current trying to keep your presentation as close to the boat as possible. If you’re planning a trip to the Niagara, make sure that the days ahead of your trip are not full of blustering wind. If Lake Erie gets churned up, it spills through the Niagara making fishing very tough. Keep an eye on the weather.
December’s HotSpot is the mouth of the Bighead River in Meaford Ontario. Late running Steelhead can still be found here in December. The season for trout is open all year below (lake side) the hwy 26 bridge. If the river is not iced in, this can be a great way to catch fish in open water with snow on the ground.
October’s HotSpot is the Oshawa Creek in Ontario. Every spring a nice run of Lake Ontario Steelhead migrate up the creek to spawn. Although our waypoint is close to the creek mouth, this water is great all the way up. The unique thing about Oshawa Creek is the size of the fish that move up. There are some real giants to be had in March! Try drifting a spawn bag under a float using light line.
July’s HotSpot takes us to the Lower Niagara River, Ontario. Brown trout and Steelhead school here in abundance. Drift your boat in 18-25 ft. of water and drag roe bags or live minnow rigs. Pay close attention to your boat position as the U.S. border runs down the middle of the river.