Saugeen River, ON fishing update.

Posted on January 16th, 2012

Wayne Sheridan reports: Last Saturday morning Andy and Mario went up to Goderich to see if anything was happening. When they got there the river level and temperatures were like a spring morning. The waded out into the river and immediately started catching trout, one trout after another, all 8-12lb rainbows. Their arms were aching from fighting and releasing so many beautiful fish. It was the perfect fishing day. They didn’t keep any of the fish as they knew that these were spawners and very important to maintaining the fishery. Ps: they were using single egg presentations. The weather continues to be warmer these past couple of months but will cool down this coming weekend.  Don’t forget to renew your fishing licenses.


River Flow Rates: medium/high. Visibility mud coloured, visibility 5ft.


River Levels: Saugeen River (above Durham) up at 1.379M, Saugeen River (Walkerton)  rising at 10.026M, Saugeen at Port Elgin up at 8.299M, Sauble River (Sauble Falls) dropping at 1.279M, Sydenham River (Owen Sound) rising at 5.132M, Maitland River (above Wingham) rising at 10.306M, French River at Woseley Bay at 187.374M, Bronte Creek near Zimmerman dropping 6.0M, Credit River at Streetsville rising at 4.747M, Credit River at Orangeville rising at 11.237M, Grand River (Doon), rising at 4.204M (below Shand dam) rising at 1.756M, Rideau River at Ottawa rising at 3.117M, Ottawa River at Britannia at 58.407M


Prime Fishing Times: Saturday January 14th, 2012: 3:25 am to 5:23 am (moon overhead) and 3:50 pm to 5:48 pm (moon underneath). Moon rise 11:25 pm, moon set 10:21am


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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