Wayne Sheridan reports: Some friends went fishing on Lake Simcoe last week for perch and caught a few nice jumbo perch. The ice was about 8-10 inches thick at the time. A warming trend Tuesday and Wednesday may weaken the ice but cold weather will re-freeze it by the weekend.
There will be high, river and stream levels starting Tuesday from rain and snow melt with a chance of a January thunderstorm. Most of the snow will be gone by Wednesday in southern Ontario. Be really careful around high rivers and streams then.
River Flow Rates: moderate and rising from snow melt. Visibility tea coloured, 3ft.
River Levels: Saugeen River (above Durham) up at 2.17M, Saugeen River (Walkerton) at 9.656M, Saugeen at Port Elgin up at 8.06M, Sauble River (Sauble Falls) up at 1.23M, Sydenham River (Owen Sound) up at 5.101M, Maitland River (above Wingham) up at 10.237M, French River at Woseley Bay at 187.261M, Bronte Creek near Zimmerman up 6.2M, Credit River at Streetsville down at 5.026M, Credit River at Orangeville up at 11.20M, Grand River (Doon), up at 4.216M (below Shand dam) down at 1.66M, Rideau River at Ottawa up at 3.072M, Ottawa River at Britannia up at 58.52M
Prime Fishing Times: Saturday February 2nd, 2013 (Ground Hog Day): 4:29 am to 6:34 am (moon overhead) and 4:46 pm to 6:40 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.
Always Fish Safely
Don’t forget to check the lunar times and check out our new articles on Flying Squirrels, Cod Stocks, White Nose Syndrome in Bats, and the Asian Carp Debate at www.canadianangling.com . Our pet chipmunk Brennan will make his yearly Spring prediction on Saturday February 2nd, Ground Hog day. Check the kids page for his prediction.