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Saugeen River, ON and area fishing update.

Posted on May 28th, 2013

Wayne Sheridan reports: When fishing, a lot depends on being at the right place, at the right time. We were on vacation last week and had a nice time but weather conditions were cold! We went fishing Monday to one of our favorite spots but were amazed there was no action. Then we saw the reason, a river otter had taken up residency on the river there. We went fishing Friday afternoon but the river had risen and there was lots of food in the river, even the chubs were full. We went again Sunday around noon and the river was very quiet and the river had dropped back to reasonable levels. After about 20 minutes a tan mayfly hatch started. Perfect timing, the fish were on the feed! We missed her the first time, but not the second. We caught, photographed, and released this nice 18inch female brown trout. We then sat by the river bank, watching the trout jumping at the mayflies, nice. Right place, right time…

When you are near a lake or river this weekend, remember that the water temperature is still extremely cold. By falling into the river or lake, the cold water can shock to your heart and that shock can stop your heart. If that doesn’t get you; hypothermia will very shortly after. Please play safe this weekend. Respect the water and enjoy.

River Flow Rates: high/moderate. Visibility tea coloured, 4ft.

River Levels: Saugeen River (above Durham) at 1.318M, Saugeen River (Walkerton) at 9.824M, Saugeen at Port Elgin at 7.986M, Sauble River (Sauble Falls) not available, Sydenham River (Owen Sound) at 5.077M, Maitland River (above Wingham) down at 10.111M, French River at Woseley Bay at 188.003M, Bronte Creek near Zimmerman 5.878M, Credit River at Streetsville at 4.54M, Credit River at Orangeville at 11.25M, Grand River (Doon) at 4.09M (below Shand dam) at 1.62M, Rideau River at Ottawa at 3.147M, Ottawa River at Britannia at 59.353M

Prime Fishing Times: Saturday June 1st, 2013: 6:40 am to 9:00 am (moon overhead) and 7:05 pm to 9:20 pm (moon underneath).

Flyfishing: BWO, scuds, stonefly, 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.

Always Fish Safely

Wayne Sheridan

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