Lake Erie Steelhead Season > Prepare now for the steelhead season. Go early in the season to familiarize yourself with the public fishing locations or scout for changes on your favorite stream. Spend a few hours casting spoons into Lake Erie. Organize your gear. Tie a few new jig or fly patterns.The 2014 season begins in September and continues through May 2015. Each month presents opportunities and a diversity of fishing conditions so you need information, good fishing gear, a few good friends and the time to get away. Click to zoom images or view videos.
All anglers face the same challenge. Picking a fishing date that matches time off with good fishing. Early pods of fish that enter the tributaries are very "nomadic". Here today and gone tomorrow. The lower sections of streams will briefly hold fish that move upstream overnight or during a brief rain shower. You must fish where they are. No fish - move!
Best early season baits are single eggs, sacs, double "fly tandems", woolly buggers and spoons [on the pier and lake shore]. Jigs seem to be a last resort bait at this time of the year, but some action comes with the "micro" version of popular jig colors