Wayne Sheridan reports: The weather in southern Ontario has been amazingly warm this past 10 days. Almost all the snow and ice have left the rivers, We went up to the trailer this past weekend and we all had a great time roasting marshmallows, and wieners on the campfire. We were amazed at all the wildlife activity. We had a great timeJ. River levels are fairly normal in the southern part, but near flood levels on the upper rivers like the Saugeen River. Fishing at these river mouths will be a challenge for a few days. Be careful around river banks.
River Flow Rates: Very High, dangerous. Visibility mud coloured, visibility 2ft.
River Levels: Saugeen River (above Durham) dropping at 1.544M, Saugeen River (Walkerton) at 11.5M, Saugeen at Port Elgin down at 8.531M, Sauble River (Sauble Falls) dropping at 1.369M, Sydenham River (Owen Sound) down at 5.219M, Maitland River (above Wingham) dropping at 10.317M, French River at Woseley Bay at 187.437M, Bronte Creek near Zimmerman down 6.0M, Credit River at Streetsville down at 4.686M, Credit River at Orangeville down at 11.255M, Grand River (Doon), dropping at 4.22M (below Shand dam) up at 1.813M, Rideau River at Ottawa down at 3.98M, Ottawa River at Britannia at 58.955M
Prime Fishing Times: Saturday March 24th, 2012: 1:15 pm to 4:15 pm (moon overhead) and 1:03 am to 3:49 am (moon underneath). Moon rise 7:58 am, moon set 9:40 pm
Flyfishing: We saw lots of insect activity this past weekend, mosquitoes, bees, fireflies, houseflies, almost everything. Use roe for rainbow and steelhead, single eggs seem to get the best results.
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!
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