Wayne Sheridan reports: Heavy rainfall late last week and early this week has raised river levels once again and made fishing a challenge. The Maitland River, Nine Miles and Saugeen River are up about 2 ft from last week and visibility is only 2ft. Things should stabilize by the weekend in the smaller rivers but will take longer in the larger rivers. Best bet seems to be single eggs presentations this year. When river, lake and stream levels are high, remember that their banks are not as strong due to their high level of moisture. Be careful so you can fish another day.
River Flow Rates: very high. Visibility muddy, visibility 2ft.
River Levels: Saugeen River (above Durham) up at 1.738M, Saugeen River (Walkerton) rising at 10.99M, Saugeen at Port Elgin dropping at 9.334M, Sauble River (Sauble Falls) rising at 1.662M, Sydenham River (Owen Sound) rising at 5.408M, Maitland River (above Wingham) rising at 10.971M, French River at Woseley Bay at 187.586M, Bronte Creek near Zimmerman rising 6.201M, Credit River at Streetsville up at 4.092M, Credit River at Orangeville down at 11.287M, Grand River (Doon), rising at 4.628M (below Shand dam) rising at 2.065M, Rideau River at Ottawa no reports, Ottawa River at Britannia at 58.343M
Prime Fishing Times: Saturday December 10th, 2011: 10:53 pm to 2:23 am (moon overhead) and 10:27 am to 1:57 pm (moon underneath). Moonrise 5:16pm, moonset 7:09 am
Flyfishing: crayfish, bloodworms, worms and minnows for larger trout. Use roe for rainbow and steelhead, single eggs seem to get the best results.
Great Lakes Fishing: Best lures are purple/black Lyman’s with silver specks and Lucky Strike spoons. Also, Rudy Hachey won the Owen Sound Salmon Spectacular using his trusted white ladder-back Lyman lure with a 21.16-lb (9.53 kilogram) Chinook salmon. Nice fish!
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