Canada has a wide range of excellent fishing opportunities from Atlantic salmon on the east coast to Pacific salmon out west and walleyes, pike, musky and bass in between. One species that Canada is famous for is the hard fighting steelhead. These migratory rainbow trout are native to the Pacific coast of Canada, but have found a naturalized home in the Great Lakes as well. Let's take a look at some of the best steelhead fishing Canada has to offer.
Stamp River, British Columbia
The Stamp River is located on the northwestern side of Vancouver Island near the town of Port Alberni. Steelhead begin to show up in the Stamp after the salmon are through spawning in late November. The numbers of fish gradually increase as the winter goes on with the peak of the run occurring in March. The Stamp is unique in that it sees runs of naturally reproducing native steelhead along with fish that are stocked from the Robertson Creek Hatchery upstream.
While this massive river may be best known for its famous falls, the steelhead fishing found in the lower river can be classified as world class with 50 fish days being common. Some of the best steelhead action occurs near Queenston since the river widens and slows down compared to the raging rapids upstream. Large schools of steelhead rest in this part of the river during the winter as they prepare to continue the migration upstream in the spring.
The Saugeen River is a popular destination for anglers thanks to the large runs of steelhead found near the town of Southampton. From Denny's Dam to the mouth of the river, there is plenty of public access to get the waders wet. Above the dam is best fished with a boat as the fish spread out once they navigate the fish ladder and move upstream. From fall through spring, strong runs of naturally reproducing fish along with stocked fish from the local hatchery keep fisherman busy on the Saugeen.
Article Written By Brian M. Kelly
Brian M. Kelly has been freelance writing since 2003. His work has been published in respected outdoor magazines such as Outdoor Life, Great Lakes Angler and Salmon Trout Steelheader. He holds an associate's degree in automated machine design from Macomb College.