Wayne Sheridan reports: Opening day for trout was a real challenge in southern Ontario. River levels were very high, fast, and extremely cold. The fish didn’t really co-operate.
When conditions change, fishermen have to adapt to challenges. Where you normally catch fish, forget it, they aren’t there because the conditions have changed. We had to consider flow rate, depth, and light conditions, to try and catch one. It took a while, but we caught and released this nice brown trout.
River Flow Rates: Very high, very fast, very cold, tea coloured.
River Levels: Saugeen River (above Durham) at 1.494M, Saugeen River (Walkerton) at 10.541M, Saugeen at Port Elgin at 8.686M, Sauble River (Sauble Falls) 1.514M, Sydenham River (Owen Sound) at 5.265M, Maitland River (above Wingham) down at 10.34M, French River at Woseley Bay at 187.87M, Bronte Creek near Zimmerman 6.064M, Credit River at Streetsville at 4.741M, Credit River at Orangeville 11.277M, Grand River (Doon) at 4.238M (below Shand dam) at 1.619M, Rideau River at Ottawa 3.97M, Ottawa River at Britannia at 59.375M
Flyfishing: BWO, Hend. Bloodworm, roe imitation, minnow.
Prime Fishing Times: Saturday May 2, 2014: 2:50 pm to 6:16 pm (moon overhead) and 2:30 pm to 6:11 pm (moon underneath).
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