Wayne Sheridan reports: A heat wave has settled over southern Ontario, just in time for March Break. We will be heading up to our trailer Thursday for some much needed r and r. The warm temperatures have finished ice fishing for this season. I love to fish, but not worth my life. River levels have increased due to snow melt and are at high levels. Be very careful with children, pets and yourself. Have a great St. Patrick’s Day
River Flow Rates: medium. Visibility tea coloured, visibility 5ft.
River Levels: Saugeen River (above Durham) rising at 2.032M, Saugeen River (Walkerton) at 11.572M, Saugeen at Port Elgin up at 9.364M, Sauble River (Sauble Falls) dropping at 1.542M, Sydenham River (Owen Sound) rising at 5.386M, Maitland River (above Wingham) rising at 10.825M, French River at Woseley Bay at 187.325M, Bronte Creek near Zimmerman down 6.078M, Credit River at Streetsville down at 4.862M, Credit River at Orangeville down at 11.279M, Grand River (Doon), dropping at 4.559M (below Shand dam) up at 2.426M, Rideau River at Ottawa not available, Ottawa River at Britannia at 58.579M
Prime Fishing Times: Saturday March 17th, 2012: 8:53 am to 10:09 am (moon overhead) and 9:18 pm to 10:34 pm (moon underneath). Moon rise 4:11 am, moon set 2:56 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: Ice on the Great Lakes and other lakes are not stable. Best bet for spring fishing is small lures. 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!
Always Fish Safely
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