Wayne Sheridan reports: Tom (Benny) Benson went to his friends cottage last weekend to do a little ice fishing on Silver Lake. While the weather didn’t co-operate, because of a snowstorm, they did a little fishing and caught one small lake trout. They still had a great time though. Warming temperatures during the middle of next week will probably mean the end of ice fishing for this season. The ice over rivers and lakes right now is unstable in most locations in southern Ontario. They are better further up north however. This was probably one of the shortest ice fishing seasons in memory.
River Flow Rates: medium. Visibility tea coloured, visibility 5ft.
River Levels: Saugeen River (above Durham) dropping at 1.29M, Saugeen River (Walkerton) at 9.731M, Saugeen at Port Elgin up at 8.00M, Sauble River (Sauble Falls) rising at 1.158M, Sydenham River (Owen Sound) rising at 5.053M, Maitland River (above Wingham) rising at 10.149M, French River at Woseley Bay at 186.845M, Bronte Creek near Zimmerman up 6.134M, Credit River at Streetsville up at 4.737M, Credit River at Orangeville rising at 11.223M, Grand River (Doon), dropping at 4.111M (below Shand dam) down at 1.59M, Rideau River at Ottawa not available, Ottawa River at Britannia at 58.574M
Prime Fishing Times: Saturday March 3rd, 2012: 7:04 pm to 10:20 pm (moon overhead) and 6:33 am to 9:59 am (moon underneath). Moon rise 1:30 pm, moon set 3:06 am
Flyfishing: crayfish, bloodworms, worms and minnows for larger trout. Use roe for rainbow and steelhead, single eggs seem to get the best results. Minnows for perch.
Great Lakes Fishing: We are waiting for the lakes to freeze to safely venture out. Best lures are purple/black Lyman’s with silver specks and Lucky Strike spoons. 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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