Wayne Sheridan reports: Heavy rains during the week raised the Saugeen River to high levels for fishing last weekend. Most of the fish were hiding in deep pools. On the Friday evening they were jumping and feeding on minnows and mayflies but even the fly fishermen couldn’t get a hit. When the brown trout are feeding on a specific insect, you have to match it exactly in order to trick them. We noticed that there is now an abundance of minnows that have emerged. Many people don’t realize this but in the Fall, minnows and yearling trout bury themselves in gravel for the winter and emerge in the Spring with warmer water. Some small rainbows were caught and released Saturday in the rapids.
River Flow Rates: high/moderate. Visibility clear 4ft.
River Levels: Saugeen River (above Durham) dropping at 1.375M, Saugeen River (Walkerton) at 9.843M, Saugeen at Port Elgin down at 7.961M, Sauble River (Sauble Falls) dropping at 0.929M, Sydenham River (Owen Sound) down at 5.008M, Maitland River (above Wingham) dropping at 10.061M, French River at Woseley Bay at 186.645M, Bronte Creek near Zimmerman down 5.905M, Credit River at Streetsville down at 4.61M, Credit River at Orangeville up at 11.24M, Grand River (Doon), up at 4.105M (below Shand dam) up at 1.76M, Rideau River at Ottawa up at 3.391M, Ottawa River at Britannia up at 58.323M
Prime Fishing Times: Saturday May 12th, 2012: 6:14 am to 7:50 am (moon overhead) and 6:39 pm to 8:15 pm (moon underneath). Moon rise 1:25 am, moon set 12:44 pm
Flyfishing: Fish were very active in the rivers when the hatch was on and shut down when it wasn’t. We saw lots of very small white duns around sunset Sunday evening. Use roe for rainbow and steelhead, single eggs seem to get the best results.
Great Lakes Fishing: Trout and salmon are presently in the 20-40 depth. Best bet is Lyman lures, monkey puke and herring colours. Use smaller lures that will imitate the smaller baitfish. Use Lucky Strike lures.
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