Wayne Sheridan reports: Ice fishing is underway on most lakes right now. Action has been sporadic during extremely cold spell, but heats up as the temperature rises. Watch for the start of a warming trend after a period of cold weather. The best areas to ice fish are Lake Simcoe and St. Clair. Always check road conditions before heading to your favorite fishing spot. Snow squall off the Great Lakes can close roads quickly and leave you stranded. Always bring an emergency kit in case you get trapped in your car.
River Flow Rates: moderate and dropping.
Saugeen River (Durham) dropping at 1.52M, Saugeen River (Walkerton) rising at 9.76M, Saugeen at Port Elgin dropping at 9.24M, Sauble River (Sauble Falls) rising at 1.103M, Sydenham River (Owen Sound) at 5.144M, Maitland River (above Wingham) up at 10.215M, French River at Woseley Bay at 187.135M, Bronte Creek near Zimmerman up at 6.030M, Credit River at Streetsville steady at 4.988M, Credit River at Orangeville down at 10.3M, Grand River (Doon), rising at 4.227M (below Shand dam) at 1.65M, Rideau River at Ottawa up at 3.437M, Ottawa River at Britannia at 58.438M
Prime Fishing Times: Saturday February 5th, 2011: 1:07pm to 3:19pm (moon overhead), 1:00am to 2:56am (moon underneath). Moonrise 8:08am, moonset 8:25pm
Flyfishing: Egg patterns, bloodworms and minnows for larger trout
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