Wayne Sheridan reports: Last Monday Dave went up to Port Albert to do a little fishing while a rain storm came through, but the river was too high and dirty to fish. Then last Saturday Andy went up to Port Albert also. While the river was down a bit, the action was slow. He then went over to Goderich and the conditions were perfect for fishing. First he fished under the bridge and caught a small trout and released it, but it was too crowded. He then went down to the mouth and fished the flats. Fishing was hot and he caught and released lots of steelhead, some weighing over 10lbs. Due to the cold water, look for the fish to sit in slow moving deep pools. The cold water slows the fish’s metabolism.
River Flow Rates: moderate and fairly stable. Visibility tea coloured, 5ft, starting to freeze over.
River Levels: Saugeen River (above Durham) down at 1.341M, Saugeen River (Walkerton) at 9.591M, Saugeen at Port Elgin down at 7.879M, Sauble River (Sauble Falls) down at 1.238M, Sydenham River (Owen Sound) down at 5.097M, Maitland River (above Wingham) down at 10.072M, French River at Woseley Bay at 187.189M, Bronte Creek near Zimmerman down 5.90M, Credit River at Streetsville down at 4.649M, Credit River at Orangeville up at 11.201M, Grand River (Doon), down at 4.115M (below Shand dam) down at 1.635M, Rideau River at Ottawa down at 2.737M, Ottawa River at Britannia up at 58.436M
Prime Fishing Times: Saturday December 15th, 2012: 1:56 pm to 3:13 pm (moon overhead) and 1:35 am to 2:34 am (moon underneath).
Flyfishing: Roe, red blood worm, crayfish and minnow. For steelhead: very small roe bag with only 3-4 eggs for steelhead in the river mouths.
Great Lakes Fishing: The steelhead are now at the river mouths and in the rivers. Best bet is Lyman lures, monkey puke and herring colours. Use larger lures to imitate the baitfish. Use Lucky Strike lures.
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