Wayne Sheridan reports: Major storms all last weekend and on
Wednesday afternoon/evening has replenished the rivers and lakes in southern Ontario. This is the
rain we have needed for the past 2 months, especially on the Saugeen River.
We only had about ½ hour to do some fishing in the river between storms this
past weekend, but action was slow. Many people don’t realize this, but the food
intake of brown trout drops during the summer months because of the warm water
temperatures. It then increases dramatically around August 15th, when the river
temperatures drop (cooler night temperatures are the key). This is in
preparation for their migration to their natal rivers and streams in
September/October. They have to build up an energy reserve in order to swim up
the rivers against the current and to prepare for spawning (egg and milt development).
River Flow Rates: rising quickly and unstable. Visibility
clearing at 3 ft. muddy colored
River Levels: Saugeen River (Durham) rising at 1.2M, Saugeen
River (Walkerton) quickly rising at 9.6M, Saugeen at Port Elgin rising at
7.90M, Sauble River (Sauble Falls) dropping at 0.789M, Sydenham River (Owen
Sound) rising at 4.932M, Maitland River (above Wingham) down at 9.95M, French
River at Woseley Bay at 186.27M, Bronte Creek near Zimmerman down at 5.82M,
Credit River at Streetsville dropping at 4.634M, Credit River at Orangeville
down at 11.192M, Grand River (Doon), down at 4.109M (below Shand dam) rising at
1.605M, Rideau River at Ottawa rising at 2.642M, Ottawa River at Britannia at
Prime Fishing Times: Saturday August 27th, 2011: 10:23am to
1:21pam (moon overhead) and 10:50pm to 1:46am (moon underneath)
Flyfishing: Hex, iso, various caddis, trico, white dun,
crayfish, bloodworms, worms and minnows for larger trout.
Great Lakes Fishing: Best
lures are purple/black Lyman’s with silver specks and Lucky Strike spoons.
Always Fish Safely
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