While many people are preparing to head into the woods for the next several weeks, others are taking advantage of another activity: fall steelhead fishing.

There are two great strategies to try when targeting steelhead this month, surf fishing the piers and beaches of the Great Lakes and/or river fishing.

If you choose to target the Great Lakes, consider using a slip sinker rig and live bait, such as spawn bags night crawlers or spinners.

You can also try casting small spoons, spinners or body baits. Focus on depths of 10 feet or less as steelhead are hanging in the shallows looking for food.

If you choose to target the rivers, consider using wigglers, caddis or wax worms drifted under a slip bobber. The depth below the bobber should be set to present the bait just off the river bottom.

Anglers can also be successful this time of year, casting spinners and medium diving crank baits into holes or other holding water that provides steelhead with some depth for cover.

The retrieve should be as slow as possible to get the lure down to the bottom without snagging.

For more information on fishing for steelhead in Michigan, visit their page on the Michigan Fishing and How to catch them website.