Steelhead Lures

When you go fishing for Steelhead, make sure you have the right tackle. Many anglers believe that they can use any type of tackle and be fine, it’s not true. There are a few types of tackle that will net better results than others usually.

Pulling Plugs

A technique that is considered dangerous yet effective is called “pulling plugs.” The hotter of the plugs include: Tadpollys, flatfish, and wiggle warts— to name a few. These plugs generally begin with the jetsled aka driftboat at the top of the stream and then is slowly backed down. This method serves to hold the plug in the face of the steelhead, which causes them to become easily irritated as soon as the rattling plug forces them out of their desired swimming area. This, in turn, leads to the fish violently reacting allowing the angler to lure it in.

Plastic worms

Plastic worms are another great type of bait. The colors that work particularly well are: pink, orange, red, and gum. The technique is a popular one in British Columbia. In Lake Erie, it has been gaining ground as a viable baiting technique. This bait is utilized with a bobber. Some people consider bobbers cheating because of the way the rig is set up, but it is still effective nevertheless. The way to use plastic worms is to cast your bait upstream and allow the plastic worms to float along the water which has fish. The plastic worms will start to move around and wiggle, making them appear live and fooling the fish into an easy hook. You must make sure to be mindful of the depth that you set your bait on, generally you want to put it right above the fishes nose.

Jigs & Rags

Jig fishing has become an excellent way to fish for steelhead. Jigs allow an angler to place a bobber in suspension underneath a bobber. This bobber will be cast upstream. This will make it possible for the ripples on the water surface to elicit an action on the the jig. Rags can be described as a colored piece of foam that has feathers or colored yarn inside. They serve as a type of bait that also fools the fish into thinking the bait is live. It is best to use a long rod for this type of fishing or bobbing. The reason for the long rod is so you can make up for some of the line that slacks. This will give you a better feel for your bait, which will help you immensely with your angling efforts.