Wayne Sheridan reports: Even though we have had some decent rains the past few week, river and lake levels have not raised significantly. This was because the water table was so low after the extremely hot and dry summer. We did do a little fishing and noted that the water temperatures are dropping quickly and most of the fish are sitting in deep holes, where it is warmer at this time of year. We were working a set of rapids but couldn’t drift our bait (bottom bouncing worm) to where I thought the trout were sitting in the shade. We changed over to a very small bobber and some spit shot close to the bait and immediately caught, photographed, and released this nice little rainbow. Some friends were at Denny’s dam and they told us the Chinooks and steelhead are in the river.
River Flow Rates: low/moderate and stable. Visibility clear coloured, 12ft.
River Levels: Saugeen River (above Durham) up slightly at 1.182M, Saugeen River (Walkerton) at 9.31M, Saugeen at Port Elgin down at 7.467M, Sauble River (Sauble Falls) up at 0.715M, Sydenham River (Owen Sound) down at 4.88M, Maitland River (above Wingham) up at 9.88M, French River at Woseley Bay at 186.238M, Bronte Creek near Zimmerman down 5.798M, Credit River at Streetsville down at 4.453M, Credit River at Orangeville up at 11.195M, Grand River (Doon), up at 4.045M (below Shand dam) up at 1.541M, Rideau River at Ottawa down at 2.76M, Ottawa River at Britannia up at 57.63M
Prime Fishing Times: Saturday September 22nd, 2012: 6:44 pm to 7:46 pm (moon overhead) and 6:11am to 7:13 am (moon underneath).
Flyfishing: Iso, various caddis, trico, white dun, red blood worm, crayfish and minnow. For steelhead: single eggs.
Great Lakes Fishing: Trout are presently in the 100ft depth and about 4 miles out from river mouths in Lake Ontario. Salmon are around the 60ft levels and near the river mouths. Best bet is Lyman lures, monkey puke and herring colours. Use larger lures to imitate the baitfish. Use Lucky Strike lures.
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