Wayne Sheridan reports: Fishing continues to be a challenge for many fishermen, these past few weeks. First we had to deal with flooding rivers and lakes and then, a heat wave has hit southern Ontario, causing major fly hatches in the river. That means lots of food for the fish and they can pick and chose (reduced feeding times) their meals.
Last weekend we saw many white mayflies laying their eggs in the river and some black/gray one’s drying their wings along the river. The high pressure system, that brought the warm temperatures, also brought with it lots of sunshine and improving water clarity, dropping river levels, and quickly rising water temperatures. These combined factors drove the fish into deep pools and very little activity during daylight hours. Best time to fish were dawn and dusk.
River Flow Rates: high/moderate. Visibility tea coloured, 7ft.
River Levels: Saugeen River (above Durham) at 1.281M, Saugeen River (Walkerton) at 9.839M, Saugeen at Port Elgin at 8.007M, Sauble River (Sauble Falls) at 1.263M, Sydenham River (Owen Sound) at 5.095M, Maitland River (above Wingham) down at 10.151M, French River at Woseley Bay at 188.068M, Bronte Creek near Zimmerman 5.942M, Credit River at Streetsville at 4.555M, Credit River at Orangeville at 11.218M, Grand River (Doon) at 4.083M (below Shand dam) at 1.609M, Rideau River at Ottawa at 3.007M, Ottawa River at Britannia at 59.596M
Prime Fishing Times: Saturday May 11th, 2013: 12:52 pm to 4:12 pm (moon overhead) and 12:31 am to 3:47 am (moon underneath).
Flyfishing: BWO, scuds, Hendrickson. Roe, red blood worm, crayfish and minnow.
Great Lakes Fishing: Best bet is Lyman lures, Rapala J13, Storm Hot’N Tot, & Rapala Shad Rap #9 and Rapala spoons.
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