Fishing in New York's tributaries can be a fun and rewarding experience. Steelhead, brown trout, salmon and even lake trout can be caught from NY tribs in the fall and early winter. Steelhead and brown trout will ascend the streams during high water periods. When the water levels drops these fish become easy to locate and catch. Fisherman will target these fish with flies, egg sacs and even worms and minnows. Under the right conditions these fish will hit plugs and jigs. The jigs are usually worked under a small bobber very slowly and are deadly in slow water sections of streams and estuaries.
In recent years, steelhead runs in Lake Ontario tributaries have declined significantly. So all tributaries to Lake Ontario now have a one fish per day daily limit for rainbow trout and steelhead. Hopefully this will protect and in time improve this fantastic fishery. All anglers should be aware of this new change in the 2004 fishing regulations.
Factors involved in this decision include the fact that more fisherman are targeting steelhead and the current ecosystem of the entire great lakes is in a period of turmoil with the invasion of the zebra mussels, round gobies, and spiny fleas.