When the autumn weather is mild and the big trout are visible to the naked eye in Lake Erie’s tributaries, the streams are often loaded with anglers.

However, that often is not the best time to catch fish.

When the weather turns harsh after a storm and the creek levels rise and water temperature drops, the fish frequently start hitting.

In other words, conditions that are not preferred by people often are more inviting for steelhead to make their run up the tributaries. Serious anglers know that, while October brings pleasant weather for chasing steelhead, November and December, before the streams freeze up, usually offer the best fishing.

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