Great Lakes
Winter Steelhead

Catching a winter steelhead is one of the most exciting and rewarding experience an angler can have. With the added difficulty of the elements, and the lethargic state the steelhead are in, connecting with a fish does not come easy. Regardless of the technique or tactic used to catch fish, anglers willing to brave the cold and wet conditions relish in the thought of landing of these special fish.

With a wide range of techniques available to use to catch winter steelhead, Senior Rod Designer Fred Contaoi created the following rods for a specific fishing tactic.

Rods for Winter Steelhead

Side Drifting

With the bait and weight bouncing along, side drifting provides one of the most natural presentations available. Interested in learning more? Douglas Pro JD Richey explains how to side drift for steelhead.

Spoons & Spinners

Fishing spoons and spinners is an exciting way to target steelhead. Anglers who fish this technique are sure to experience explosive takes and bites.

Bottom Bouncing

Bottom bouncing gets the bait down in front of the fish, even in faster water. This technique works best on rocky-bottom rivers.

Backtrolling & Plugging

Starting at the head of a run and working your way down, backtrolling and plugging is known for aggressive takes from explosive fish.

Great Lakes Shops

Tangled Tackle Co
(231) 887-4242
226 W Parkdale Rd
Manistee, MI 49660

Fish Tech
(847) 966-5900
5802 Dempster St
Morton Grove, IL 60053

Anglers Outlet
(541) 779-5431
17036 Oak Park Ave
Tinley Park, IL 60477

6960 West Ridge Road
Fairview, PA 16415

Colville Outfitters and Custom Tackle
(716) 627-7335
4475 Lake Shore Rd
Hamburg, NY 14075

Captain Bob's Outdoors Store
(716) 407-3021
10295 Main St #6
Clarence, NY 14031

Sonny's Fishing Center
(315) 298-5945
4589 NY-13
Pulaski, NY 13142

Fat Nancy’s Tackle Shop
(315) 298-4051
3750 NY-13
Pulaski, NY 13142

Pineville Sporting Supply
(315) 298-7203
2836 NY-13
Pulaski, NY 13142