Wayne Sheridan reports: Cooler weather Sunday night will help stabilize ice conditions on lakes for fishing on Family Day in southern Ontario. A couple of weeks ago, Mario and some friends went fishing in Kincardine and caught and released some nice rainbows. Some friends also went to Lake Simcoe this week and caught lots of nice perch (picture). Most were in the 8 to 12 inch range and lots of double hitters. At the present time there is about 1 ft of ice in the shallow bays but it is open in deeper waters. A warming trend mid week will destabilize the ice.
River Flow Rates: medium. Visibility tea coloured, visibility 8ft.
River Levels: Saugeen River (above Durham) rising at 1.31M, Saugeen River (Walkerton) at 9.7M, Saugeen at Port Elgin down at 8.00M, Sauble River (Sauble Falls) dropping at 1.118M, Sydenham River (Owen Sound) rising at 5.086M, Maitland River (above Wingham) dropping at 10.13M, French River at Woseley Bay at 187.135M, Bronte Creek near Zimmerman down 5.983M, Credit River at Streetsville down at 4.561M, Credit River at Orangeville rising at 11.226M, Grand River (Doon), dropping at 4.111M (below Shand dam) down at 1.56M, Rideau River at Ottawa not available, Ottawa River at Britannia at 58.374M
Prime Fishing Times: Saturday February 25th, 2012: 1:39 pm to 4:31 pm (moon overhead) and 1:25 am to 4:06 am (moon underneath). Moon rise 8:23 am, moon set 9:53 pm
Flyfishing: crayfish, bloodworms, worms and minnows for larger trout. Use roe for rainbow and steelhead, single eggs seem to get the best results. Minnows for perch.
Great Lakes Fishing: We are waiting for the lakes to freeze to safely venture out. Best lures are purple/black Lyman’s with silver specks and Lucky Strike spoons. Also, Rudy Hachey won the Owen Sound Salmon Spectacular using his trusted white ladder-back Lyman lure with a 21.16-lb (9.53 kilogram) Chinook salmon. Nice fish!
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