Wayne Sheridan reports: Spring temperatures have finally arrived in southern Ontario, after a long, cold, hard winter. Two weeks ago, we finally got up to the Hanover area. At that time, the south Saugeen River was mostly ice free, along with streams and creeks in the area. The main Saugeen River however was still frozen over except for a few fast flowing areas. But these conditions have dramatically changed. The rain and warm temperatures now have the river levels at near flood levels. Luckily, it has been a fairly slow melt. On April 9th, the Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority (SVCA) has issued a flood watch on the Saugeen River. This applied to most of the rivers in the Grey-Bruce area.
Last weekend we were down in Toronto at the Humber River and levels were high, muddy, and noted that there was a still lot of ice on the river banks. Be careful with early fishing.
River Flow Rates: Flood watch, extremely fast. Muddy.
River Levels: Saugeen River (above Durham) at 1.975M, Saugeen River (Walkerton) at 12.221M, Saugeen at Port Elgin at 10.569M, Sauble River (Sauble Falls) 2.2M, Sydenham River (Owen Sound) at 5.564M, Maitland River (above Wingham) down at 11.586M, French River at Woseley Bay at 186.687M, Bronte Creek near Zimmerman 6.558M, Credit River at Streetsville at 5.15M, Credit River at Orangeville 11.587M, Grand River (Doon) at 5.051M (below Shand dam) at 2.814M, Rideau River at Ottawa 4.889M, Ottawa River at Britannia at 58.538M
Prime Fishing Times: Saturday April 19, 2014: 4:10 am to 5:18 am (moon overhead) and 4:35 pm to 5:45 pm (moon underneath). Saturday April 26, 2014: 9:50 am to 12:16 pm (moon overhead) and 10:15 pm to 12:41 am (moon underneath).
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