Wayne Sheridan reports: We headed up to the trailer on Easter weekend and found that the river conditions had changed dramatically compared to normal Spring levels and temperatures. All the snow had melted and river levels had already dropped down to early June levels. What really surprised us was the emergence of yearling trout and chubs. In the winter they bury themselves in gravel, usually until mid May, but they were already hanging around the bridge eddies. Andy and Mario went back to fish Dennyâ€™s dam this past weekend, but fishing was a challenge. A few black steelhead were seen swimming around and only a few were caught. About 236 were transported over the dam in 3 hours on Saturday. The largest amount was Easter weekend with over 1200 heading up the Saugeen River to spawn. This Springâ€™s opening of trout season will be a challenge. Go to areas that you normally donâ€™t fish until the end of May.
River Flow Rates: moderate and clearing
Saugeen River (Durham) dropping at 1.36M, Saugeen River (Walkerton) dropping at 9.7M, Saugeen River (Port Elgin) dropping N/A, Sauble River (Sauble Falls) dropping at 1.1M, Sydenham River (Owen Sound) dropping at 5.02M, Maitland River (above Wingham) down at 10.1M, French River at Woseley Bay at 186.4M, Credit River at Streetsville down at 4.5M, Credit River at Orangeville down at 11.0M, Grand River (Doon), down at 4.1M (below Shand dam) down at 1.5M
Prime Fishing Times: Saturday April 17th, 2010: 2:04pm to 5:40pm (moon overhead), 1:37am to 5:07am (moon underneath).