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Saugeen River, ON and area fishing update.

Posted on July 16th, 2013

Wayne Sheridan reports: We had a nice 2 weeks vacation up on the Saugeen River. Denim caught this big smallmouth bass while fishing on the Saugeen River in Hanover, ON. He fought the fish for quite a while and it fought and fought, but Denim won. Congrats Denim, great fish!

River levels significantly rose late last week due to heavy rains upstream, on the Saugeen River. While we didn’t see the heavy rains, we still saw some effect from it.

One mistake we see other fishermen make is the fishing line that they use. Early in the Spring we had switched to 8lb test for fishing for trout on the Saugeen River. We noticed we didn’t catch as many fish and switched back to 6lb test and immediately started catching more trout. In some circumstances, like dirty water and low light conditions, and aggressive fish, fishing line thickness may not be an issue. However, if the fish can see the line, they are more cautious and they may be spooked.

River Flow Rates: moderate. Visibility tea coloured, 6ft.

River Levels: Saugeen River (above Durham) at 1.258M, Saugeen River (Walkerton) at 9.554M, Saugeen at Port Elgin at 7.708M, Sauble River (Sauble Falls) 0.822M, Sydenham River (Owen Sound) at 4.921M, Maitland River (above Wingham) down at 10.01M, French River at Woseley Bay at 186.33M, Bronte Creek near Zimmerman 5.822M, Credit River at Streetsville at 4.53M, Credit River at Orangeville at 11.217M, Grand River (Doon) at 4.26M (below Shand dam) at 2.114M, Rideau River at Ottawa at 3.017M, Ottawa River at Britannia at 58.026M

Prime Fishing Times: Saturday July 20th, 2013:11:08 pm to midnight (moon overhead) and 10:32 am to 11:38 am (moon underneath).

Flyfishing: Hex, iso, various caddis. Trico, scuds, stonefly, 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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