Wayne Sheridan reports: River conditions were still low and clear the first week of fishing, until we finally had a good rain last weekend and during this week. We first fished the Saugeen River near Hanover and caught and released 2 small brown trout and 1 brook trout. Patience was the key as the river was so low and cold. We then fished the upper Saugeen River and caught this beautiful brown trout.
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The fish were holding in deep pools or in transition areas, moving up and down the river. Rainbows have just finished their spawning and should be dropping back down the rivers, giving more opportunities to catch. Recent rains have not caused a major change in river levels. The water tables were so low (for this time of the year), that the rain was quickly absorbed into the ground.
River Flow Rates: moderate and slightly rising. Visibility 4ft
Saugeen River (Durham) rising at 1.32M, Saugeen River (Walkerton) dropping at 9.7M, Sauble River (Sauble Falls) steady at .9M, Sydenham River (Owen Sound) dropping at 5.06M, Maitland River (above Wingham) down at 10.2M, French River at Woseley Bay at 186.545M, Bronte Creek near Zimmerman rising at 5.835M, Credit River at Streetsville down at 4.54M, Credit River at Orangeville down at 11.22M, Grand River (Doon), up at 4.12M (below Shand dam) at 1.55M
Prime Fishing Times: Saturday May 8th, 2010: 7:59am to 10:05am (moon overhead), 8:24pm to 10:30pm (moon underneath).
Flyfishing: BWO, Hendrix, Various Caddis, Grey Fox, and maybe a few duns