Wayne Sheridan reports: cooling river temperatures have made the trout much more active the past couple of weeks. Trout reduce their food intake in August due to the warm water, but dramatically increase it in September. Best time is still early in the morning and at sunset. Also focus on the lunar tables for more opportunities. We had a lot of fun trying to catch some big brown trout and rainbows, but they were smarter than we were, for nowâ€¦ Salmon runs are behind their normal schedule by about 2-3 weeks. Brown trout and brook trout have started their long trips back to their spawning grounds. The larger fish are holding in deep pools looking for baitfish to feed on. Use minnow presentations.
River Flow Rates: moderate. Visibility 7ft
Saugeen River (Durham) dropping at 1.29M, Saugeen River (Walkerton) dropping at 9.2M, Sauble River (Sauble Falls) dropping at .893M, Sydenham River (Owen Sound) at 4.943M, Maitland River (above Wingham) down at 9.959M, French River at Woseley Bay at 186.182M, Bronte Creek near Zimmerman dropping at 5.709M, Credit River at Streetsville steady at 4.44M, Credit River at Orangeville down at 10.5M, Grand River (Doon), down at 4.088M (below Shand dam) at 1.681M, Rideau River at Ottawa at 2.913M, Ottawa River at Britannia steady at 57.767M
Prime Fishing Times: Saturday September 25, 2010: 2:45am to 3:45am (moon overhead), 1:10pm to 4:10pm (moon underneath).
Flyfishing: Hex, iso, caddis, white duns, grasshopper, bloodworms, and minnows
Down rigging for Salmon: Surface lake temperatures are the highest recorded since 1991. Look for areas behind points and islands for cooler pockets of water. Great Lakes: Lake Superior 70 ft down, Lake Michigan 100 ft down, Lake Huron 90 ft down, Lake Ontario 75 to 90 ft down. Best bet Lyman Lures, white, blue and pink.
Always Fish Safely