Wayne Sheridan reports: Flooding. That is the best way to describe the rivers in southern Ontario this week. Heavy rains last week with snow melt and brought most of the rivers right to and over the banks. Many areas are in a state of emergency due to flooding. This will make it a real challenge for the trout season opener.
River clarity is very low and the banks are not stable. Be very very careful fishing. You can easily be swept down the river. Look for trout in backwash areas and where the current is slower. Use heavier weights to hold your bait in the fast current. Everything is 2-3 weeks behind normal. Considering everything was 2-3 weeks early last year, it will be very different fishing. And it is raining again today, adding more water to the rivers and lakes! Good luck fishing!
River Flow Rates: very high and fast. Visibility mud coloured, 1ft.
River Levels: Saugeen River (above Durham) at 1.519M, Saugeen River (Walkerton) at 10.596M, Saugeen at Port Elgin at 8.887M, Sauble River (Sauble Falls) at 1.623M, Sydenham River (Owen Sound) at 5.293M, Maitland River (above Wingham) down at 10.509M, French River at Woseley Bay at 188.037M, Bronte Creek near Zimmerman 6.082M, Credit River at Streetsville at 4.695M, Credit River at Orangeville at 11.645M, Grand River (Doon) at 4.18M (below Shand dam) at 1.619M, Rideau River at Ottawa at 3.296M, Ottawa River at Britannia at 59.604M
Prime Fishing Times: Saturday April 20th, 2013: 1:58 am to 3:06 am (moon overhead) and 2:23 pm to 3:31 pm (moon underneath).
Flyfishing: Roe, red blood worm, crayfish and minnow. For steelhead: very small roe bag with only 3-4 eggs for steelhead in the river mouths.
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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