Wayne Sheridan reports: Last weekend Andy and Mario went back up to Goderich to do some fishing. The week before, Andy did great, but this time the conditions were completely different. The river levels had dropped and the water was cold and crystal clear. This, of course, spooked any of the fish that were hanging around the mouth of the river and they both didn’t catch a thing. To bad they couldn’t wait for a couple of days when the rains made the water murky. It looks like there will be some snow coming in to southern Ontario on Christmas eve and it will be a white Christmas. Lots more snow on Boxing Day.
River Flow Rates: moderate and fairly stable. Visibility tea coloured, 8ft, starting to freeze over at night and melting in the morning.
River Levels: Saugeen River (above Durham) down at 1.33M, Saugeen River (Walkerton) at 9.643M, Saugeen at Port Elgin down at 7.957M, Sauble River (Sauble Falls) down at 1.256M, Sydenham River (Owen Sound) down at 5.104M, Maitland River (above Wingham) down at 10.13M, French River at Woseley Bay at 187.416M, Bronte Creek near Zimmerman down 5.938M, Credit River at Streetsville down at 4.717M, Credit River at Orangeville up at 11.217M, Grand River (Doon), down at 4.139M (below Shand dam) down at 1.642M, Rideau River at Ottawa up at 2.958M, Ottawa River at Britannia up at 58.523M
Prime Fishing Times: Saturday December 29th, 2012: midnight to 2:31 am (moon overhead) and 11:40 am to 2:58 pm (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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