All tributaries are ice free. Your challenge is to locate the steelhead that were hidden by the winter-ice shield. Once you discover where the fish are holding, they should be willing to hit jigs, egg sacs and single salmon eggs. This Walnut Steelhead was hooked and landed last Saturday.
Let's hope that the winter thaw continues. Just remember that the changeable nature of winter steelhead fishing demands that you keep a close watch on the weather and stream levels.
Take a few minutes to explore the winter steelhead fishing tab on the home page. The content gives a preview of what to expect. It also offers some suggestions designed to make your fishing trip successful.
Most, if not all, baits and presentations work well at this time of the year. Match your presentation to suit the water conditions that will change as the Erie area gets more precipitation. Snow showers and cold wind are common at this point in the steelhead season so prepare for the worst. In fact, you may want to hope for bad weather. It reduces the fishing pressure and improves the "bite". Colder water temperature always improves the jig bite so carry an assortment of your favorite jigs.
Plan your trip. Pick a date, your preferred tributary, check water and weather conditions.
Seasonal patterns do exist so keep reading to learn more.