Wayne Sheridan reports: The leaves now have fallen off the trees and Fall is fully underway. We went fishing last week in Thornbury, Meaford, and then Owen Sound, ON. Only a few small rainbows were seen caught close to dawn and then the fishing slowed right down. Best action was on single eggs. Right now the salmon are finished their spawning runs and the rainbows havenâ€™t started their runs up the rivers yet. We chatted with some MNR reps in Owen Sound and they said fishing was a little slow and it needed a cold snap and rain to bring the fish in.
The Lower Saugeen River saw a fresh run of rainbows come up and many anglers had excellent success float fishing with fresh salmon eggs.
River Flow Rates: moderate and dropping. Visibility 7ft
Saugeen River (Durham) dropping at 1.295M, Saugeen River (Walkerton) dropping at 9.5M, Sauble River (Sauble Falls) dropping at 1.015M, Sydenham River (Owen Sound) at 4.555M, Maitland River (above Wingham) down at 10.010M, French River at Woseley Bay at 186.229M, Bronte Creek near Zimmerman dropping at 5.622M, Credit River at Streetsville steady at 4.69M, Credit River at Orangeville down at 10.4M, Grand River (Doon), down at 4.1M (below Shand dam) at 1.6M, Rideau River at Ottawa up at 2.98M, Ottawa River at Britannia at 58.13M
Prime Fishing Times: Saturday November 6, 2010: 12:53pm to 1:51pm (moon overhead), 12:13am to 1:25am (moon underneath).
Flyfishing: Hex, egg patterns, bloodworms and minnows for larger trout
Down rigging for Salmon: Surface lake temperatures are the highest recorded since 1991. Everything 2-3 weeks behind normal. Fish river mouths of rivers and streams for rainbow. Great Lakes: Lake Superior 40 ft down, Lake Michigan 40 ft down, Lake Huron 50 ft down, Lake Ontario 20 to 50 ft down. Best bet Lyman Lures, white, blue and pink.
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