Wayne Sheridan reports: The weather has been a bit strange this year, especially the past few weeks. We had a rare green Christmas and now it looks like it will be close to a green New Years day also. Snowfall this past week is now melting with heavy rains in sections of southern Ontario while others get freezing rain and/or fog. With the melting snow and rain, river levels have increased and water clarity will suffer in the next few days. River edges will be slippery with mud and ice, be cautious. Lakes still have yet to freeze to safely venture out on them. Best bet is river mouths where the fish are congregating. Don’t forget to renew your fishing licenses.
River Flow Rates: high. Visibility mud coloured, visibility 2ft.
River Levels: Saugeen River (above Durham) down at 1.365M, Saugeen River (Walkerton) rising at 9.918M, Saugeen at Port Elgin up at 8,097M, Sauble River (Sauble Falls) dropping at 1.258M, Sydenham River (Owen Sound) rising at 5.136M, Maitland River (above Wingham) rising at 10.241M, French River at Woseley Bay at 187.504M, Bronte Creek near Zimmerman dropping 6.0M, Credit River at Streetsville rising at 4.616M, Credit River at Orangeville rising at 11.23M, Grand River (Doon), rising at 4.168M (below Shand dam) rising at 1.686M, Rideau River at Ottawa not available, Ottawa River at Britannia at 58.31M
Prime Fishing Times: Saturday December 31st, 2011: 4:30 pm to 7:10 pm (moon overhead) and 4:22 am to 6:44 am (moon underneath).
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: We are waiting for the lakes to freeze to safely venture out. 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 Healthy Happy New Year
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