Wayne Sheridan reports: Warm summer weather has settled over southern Ontario in the past 10 days, changing water conditions. The salmon and trout in the Great Lakes have dropped deeper into the water to find optimal cooler temperatures. River trout will now feed more very early in the morning and near sunset except when there is a big hatch in the river. My friend Dave went up the Algonquin Park fishing this past weekend, but action was slow due to motor problems on his boat. He still was able to land a few nice fish. Lack of significant rainfall this past week also has made many rivers extremely clear, with the fish very spooky. This has also caused an early start to the forest fire season, especially in the North West part of Ontario. .
River Flow Rates: moderate/low. Visibility clear 9ft.
River Levels: Saugeen River (above Durham) dropping at 1.227M, Saugeen River (Walkerton) at 9.425M, Saugeen at Port Elgin down at 7.597M, Sauble River (Sauble Falls) dropping at 0.814M, Sydenham River (Owen Sound) down at 4.939M, Maitland River (above Wingham) up at 9.889M, French River at Woseley Bay at 186.446M, Bronte Creek near Zimmerman down 5.823M, Credit River at Streetsville down at 4.476M, Credit River at Orangeville down at 11.213M, Grand River (Doon), down at 4.059M (below Shand dam) up at 1.614M, Rideau River at Ottawa down at 2.725M, Ottawa River at Britannia up at 58.115M
Prime Fishing Times: Saturday May 26th, 2012: 4:21 pm to 7:17 pm (moon overhead) and 3:53 am to 6:59 am (moon underneath). Moon rise 10:58 am, moon set midnight
Flyfishing: BWO, Hendrickson, Grey Fox, Sulfur Dun, Caddis, red blood worm, crayfish and minnow.
Great Lakes Fishing: Trout and salmon are presently in the 60-90 depth. Best bet is Lyman lures, monkey puke and herring colours. Use smaller lures that will imitate the smaller baitfish. Use Lucky Strike lures.
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