Wayne Sheridan reports: Heavy rains have slowed down the fishing in some southern Ontario rivers right now. Ice is slowly starting to form on the lakes, but definitely too thin to safely venture out yet. I am never the first one out ice fishing; I always make sure the ice is good and stable. Biggest challenge right now is ice forming on your fishing rod and ice chunks coming down the rivers.
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Our friend Randy just sent us a nice picture of a pike he caught on the Kawartha Lakes in the summer. We hope Santa bring you lots of nice Christmas presents, especially fishing gear.
River Flow Rates: high. Visibility gin coloured, visibility 7ft.
River Levels: Saugeen River (above Durham) up at 1.487M, Saugeen River (Walkerton) rising at 10.26M, Saugeen at Port Elgin up at 9.49M, Sauble River (Sauble Falls) rising at 1.404M, Sydenham River (Owen Sound) rising at 5.223M, Maitland River (above Wingham) rising at 10.391M, French River at Woseley Bay at 187.575M, Bronte Creek near Zimmerman rising 6.036M, Credit River at Streetsville down at 4.693M, Credit River at Orangeville down at 11.239M, Grand River (Doon), rising at 4.312M (below Shand dam) rising at 1.896M, Rideau River at Ottawa 3.001M, Ottawa River at Britannia at 58.501M
Prime Fishing Times: Saturday December 24th, 2011: 11:43 am to 12:41 pm (moon overhead) and midnight to 1:04 am (moon underneath). Moonrise 7:08 am, moonset 5:19 pm
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!
Always Fish Safely
Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas
Don’t forget to check the lunar times and check out our new articles on Mayan Hieroglyphics, Cod Stocks, White Nose Syndrome in Bats, and the Asian Carp Debate at www.canadianangling.com .