[nggallery id=702]Opening weekend was a challenge to some fishermen due to clear, cold water conditions. When it is cold, the fish require less food for their metabolism. We went fishing around Hanover, Ontario and did fairly well. We caught, quickly photographed and released a nice 4lb female brown trout in the campground. We later went fishing past the damn in Hanover and there were lots of fish there. It seemed like everyone had one or two small brown trout for the fry pan. If you like pan size trout, check this area out. I saw one undercut bank with about 25 small browns sitting in there. We also saw a nice size rainbow spawning and building it’s redd. We didn’t disturb the fish, but it was interesting watching it move the gravel with its tail. Some friends went to Port Albert and there were lots of large steelhead running at the mouth of the river.
River Flow Rates: Low/moderate. Visibility clear 14ft.
River Levels: Saugeen River (above Durham) dropping at 1.22M, Saugeen River (Walkerton) at 9.532M, Saugeen at Port Elgin down at 7.466M, Sauble River (Sauble Falls) dropping at 0.977M, Sydenham River (Owen Sound) down at 4.88M, Maitland River (above Wingham) dropping at 10.00M, French River at Woseley Bay at 186.467M, Bronte Creek near Zimmerman down 5.862M, Credit River at Streetsville down at 4.501M, Credit River at Orangeville down at 11.101M, Grand River (Doon), dropping at 4.04M (below Shand dam) down at 1.56M, Rideau River at Ottawa down at 2.72M, Ottawa River at Britannia not available
Prime Fishing Times: Saturday May 5th, 2012: midnight to 12:54 am (moon overhead) and 11:57am to 1:19 pm (moon underneath). Moon rise 5:53 pm, moon set 5:39 am
Flyfishing: Fish were very active in the rivers when the hatch was on and shut down when it wasn’t. We saw lots of very small white duns around sunset Sunday evening. Use roe for rainbow and steelhead, single eggs seem to get the best results.
Great Lakes Fishing: Trout and salmon are presently in the 20-40 depth. Best bet is Lyman lures, monkey puke and herring colours. Use smaller lures that will imitate the smaller baitfish. Use Lucky Strike lures.
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