Learn how to float fish for Ontario steelhead
Ontario is home to some of the finest steelhead fishing on the planet, and there is no better time to enjoy the action than right now after the fish have completed spawning.
And while the Great Lakes, in general, offer superb steelhead opportunities, the true hot spot may just be the entire north shore of Lake Superior and Lake Huron.
As celebrated as the fishing is, however, some anglers are cautious about dipping their toes into the water, mistakenly believing that float fishing for rainbows is difficult.
"It is easy to get started float fishing with a 10-foot spinning rod and reel," says Thunder Bay's Wes Bender, who manufactures the famous Superior Floats. "It may not be quite as effective as a centerpin setup, but you can certainly get the job done. I know because I did it for years."
According to Bender the three essentials to pay close attention to are the depth of the water, the speed of the current, and the presence or absence of waves.
"You always want to keep your bait down near bottom," says Bender, "and choosing the proper float will help you do it. When the water is deeper than 6 feet, I use a slip float. And if the run is short, I'll increase its size so that I can add more weight to my line to get my bait down quickly."
Alternatively, when Bender is fishing a slow moving shallow section of a river, he opts for one of his Lil Trotter or Fixed Loafer style floats that are considerably more streamlined and thus, sink quickly and respond immediately to light biting fish. The Fixed Loafer also rides higher in the water, so if you make a long cast, you can easily watch it drift downstream.
He uses the same style floats when he is fishing fast-moving water.
"The Trotter is your basic float, whereas the Fixed Loafer is a more custom shape," Bender explains. "Personally, it is my 'go-to' float, the one I find myself using the most. It has gained a large following among some of the more proficient float anglers on the North Shore." ...read more here http://www.northernontario.travel/fishing/learn-to-float-fish-for-fishing-ontario-steelhead-in-lake-superior-and-lake-huron