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Saugeen River, ON fishing update.

Posted on August 14th, 2013

Flyfishermen should take advantage of late summer hatches and good opportunities to hooking browns on dry flies.

Wayne Sheridan reports: It certainly has been a wet Spring and Summer so far. River and lake levels are the highest we have seen in years. Best time to fish for trout is at dawn and dusk, but a few may feed opportunistically during the day.

We went fishing last Sunday afternoon, but the river was really quiet. No hatches, no fish movement, it was very quiet. The cold front that passed Saturday night had really shut everything down. Even the river chub were hiding. We went to a few spots and not even a nibble. We knew of one spot, that trout sometimes rest in, when going up and down the river, and tried there. It required a precise cast to get the worm to fall normally. This nice brown trout was right there. We caught, photographed it and released it to catch another day.

One mistake some fishermen make is not having enough fishing line on the spool. Always check how much you have before you head out fishing. Back, about 5 years ago, we were fishing the mouth of a stream that flows into Georgian Bay. We didn’t check how much fishing line was on the spool before heading out. After fishing for 20 minutes, we hooked into a big steelhead that took all the line out, and just by luck, we were barely able to land the fish. We had to use every trick we knew to hold it. We learned our lesson then.

 River Flow Rates: moderate. Visibility tea coloured, 7ft.

River Levels: Saugeen River (above Durham) at 1.337M, Saugeen River (Walkerton) at 10.141M, Saugeen at Port Elgin at 7.734M, Sauble River (Sauble Falls) 0.832M, Sydenham River (Owen Sound) at 4.987M, Maitland River (above Wingham) down at 10.461M, French River at Woseley Bay at 186.476M, Bronte Creek near Zimmerman 5.884M, Credit River at Streetsville at 4.921M, Credit River at Orangeville at 11.573M, Grand River (Doon) at 4.337M (below Shand dam) at 2.539M, Rideau River at Ottawa at 2.995M, Ottawa River at Britannia at 57.839M

Prime Fishing Times: Saturday August 4th, 2013: 9:06 am to 12:26pm (moon overhead) and 9:31 pm to 12:51 am (moon underneath).

Flyfishing: Hex, iso, various caddis. Trico, scuds, stonefly, roe, red blood worm, crayfish and minnow.  

Great Lakes Fishing: Best bet is Lyman lures, Rapala J13, Storm Hot’N Tot, & Rapala Shad Rap #9 and Rapala spoons.

Always Fish Safely

Wayne Sheridan

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