Tyler & Jason Howick report: The last few weeks have seen heavy runs of white and redhorse suckers in Lake Erie tributaries. We have been using ultra light gear with thin diameter braided lines fishing live bait rigs on bottom with simple slit shot setups and slip-sinker rigs. Large numbers of fish hold and rest in deeper pools and multiple fish can be caught out of one spot. The past week has seen many suckers switch to spawning mode and move up onto shallow gravel flats, becoming very difficult to catch and often refusing baits. The most consistent fishing for numbers and big fish is definitely during the early pre-spawn part of their run.
The ice has cleared out of the Niagara River. Anglers are reporting that the smell run is on in the lower Niagara River. Most anglers are catching smelt, but in smaller numbers. The most popular spot on the lower Niagara right now is the Queenston Boat Launch area. Water conditions has been fluctuating from clear to 2′ visibility. I had a chance to fish below the falls on Sunday and the water conditions looked perfect. I only hooked and landed one fish, a silver 5 lb. female. With heavy rain forecast for the early part of this week, tributary waters will be rising and becoming turbid again which will enable another run of rainbows to run up most of our Lake Ontario tributary streams.
Wayne Sheridan reports on fishing the Ontario Grey-Bruce tributaries. Andy, Mario and the boys went up to check the river levels this past weekend. They checked out the Saugeen River at Dennyâ€™s dam and also the Maitland River and both were too high and dirty. They ended up going to the Sauble River at the S bend and caught and released a nice 2lb rainbow and a big male steelhead that fought a great battle until it was released. The upper part of the Saugeen River is still high, but clearing, visibility there was much better than the lower Saugeen River. Best bets are fishing at rivers and stream mouths that are open to fishing. Best lures: spawn-sacks, single egg presentations, Cleo, Kwikfish, Hot Shots & spinners and spoons.
River Flow Rates: moderate/high
Saugeen River (Durham) dropping at 1.48M, Saugeen River (Walkerton) dropping at 10.3M, Saugeen River (Port Elgin) dropping at 8.5M, Sauble River (Sauble Falls) dropping at 1.4M, Sydenham River (Owen Sound) dropping at 5.2M, Maitland River (below Wingham) slowly dropping at 1.5M, Credit River at Streetsville down at 4.45M, Credit River at Orangeville steady at 11.2M, Grand River (Doon), down at 4.1M.
Prime Fishing Times: Saturday April 18th, 2009: 7:36 am to 8:48 am (moon overhead), 8:01pm to 9:13pm (moon underneath).
Saugeen conditions: high, tea colored water, 3C, and visibility 2 foot.
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On this weeks up-coming TSN programs watch Italo as he takes you fishing for trophy smallmouth bass in Lake Erie and uses the Slimers in-organic flesh baits to catch big bass using light line with a light action spinnig outfit and 1/8 oz. jigheads with Slimers eel, crayfish and slip-tails. You will get excellent tips on locating smallmouth bass that are cruising structure in search of baitfish in clear-water conditions.
*Sceduling change for April 19, 2009, the program has been re-scheduled to air at 5pm.
Gabor Horvat reports: The migratory rainbow trout fishing is a bit slow in the tributaries that flow into Georgian Bay. Heavy rain about 10 days ago and a big snow storm 3 days later is continuing to keep water temperatures cold. The terrain up there is still snow-covered. Cold night and morning temperatures in the 5 to -7 C is preventing the water from warming up quickly. The flow in the tributaries is slowing down, but it is still a bit higher than normal. I drifted smaller roe bags and went down to a #16 hook to compensate for the clear-water conditions. I also used a 4 lb. test Fluorocarbon leader & a 6 lb. test main line. Most of my drifts were only about 30â€™ in length, and than I had to reel-in and warm my hands up. It very cold, but I managed to get two nice females.