Saugeen River, ON and area fishing update.

Posted on April 13th, 2012

Wayne Sheridan reports: We went up to the trailer last weekend and was surprised at how much the river had changed in the past few weeks. When we went up there at March break the  river was very close to flood levels and extremely muddy. This was the end of the Spring melt and all the snow in the woods had melted. During the following weeks, there was very little rainfall and the river levels dropped and cleared. Levels now are at what we normally see mid May. The water was also crystal clear and visibility was 15ft, We saw a nice 3lb rainbow feeding in the middle of the river. Fishermen and farmers will need some significant rainfall in the next while to improve fishing and planting season. 

River Flow Rates: Moderate. Visibility clear 15ft.

River Levels: Saugeen River (above Durham) dropping at 1.296M, Saugeen River (Walkerton) at 9.662M, Saugeen at Port Elgin down at 7.877M, Sauble River (Sauble Falls) dropping at 1.062M, Sydenham River (Owen Sound) down at 5.04M, Maitland River (above Wingham) dropping at 10.036M, French River at Woseley Bay at 186.508M, Bronte Creek near Zimmerman down 5.88M, Credit River at Streetsville down at 4.521M, Credit River at Orangeville down at 11.212M, Grand River (Doon), dropping at 4.063M (below Shand dam) down at 1.517M, Rideau River at Ottawa down at 2.679M, Ottawa River at Britannia at 58.609M

Prime Fishing Times: Saturday April 14th, 2012: 7:36 am to 9:01 am (moon overhead) and 8:00 pm to 9:26 pm (moon underneath). Moon rise 2:50 am, moon set 1:52 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!

Always Fish Safely

Wayne Sheridan

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