Wayne Sheridan reports: Andy, Mario, George and his father went up fishing in the Gray-Bruce area last Thursday before the warm spell last weekend. Most of the rivers were frozen over, except for the Saugeen River. While there was ice formed alone the bank, the middle of the river was open. There was also an ice jam at the mouth of the river and they couldnâ€™t fish by the island, so they fished near Dennyâ€™s Dam. Fishing was fairly good, with Mario catching a nice 4lb rainbow. Warm weather and rain raised many of the river levels by the weekend and made fishing a challenge. Some people have been fishing the west side of Lake Simcoe for perch.
River Flow Rates: high/moderate and now dropping. The river ice is unstable.
Saugeen River (Durham) rising at 2.638M, Saugeen River (Walkerton) rising at 11.2M, Saugeen at Port Elgin rising at 10.5M, Sauble River (Sauble Falls) rising at 1.397M, Sydenham River (Owen Sound) at 5.218M, Maitland River (above Wingham) down at 10.375M, French River at Woseley Bay at 187.414M, Bronte Creek near Zimmerman rising at 5.934M, Credit River at Streetsville steady at 5.082M, Credit River at Orangeville down at 10.3M, Grand River (Doon), down at 4.302M (below Shand dam) at 2.094M, Rideau River at Ottawa up at 3.204M, Ottawa River at Britannia at 58.418M
Prime Fishing Times: Saturday January 8th, 2011: 2:35pm to 4:37pm (moon overhead), 2:27am to 4:13am (moon underneath).
Flyfishing: Egg patterns, bloodworms and minnows for larger trout
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