Wayne Sheridan reports on fishing the Ontario Grey-Bruce tributaries: This past weekâ€™s weather has been amazing and confusing. We went from snow flurries on Tuesday to a heat wave with thunderstorms, hail, tornadoâ€™s etc on opening week for trout. This has proven to be a challenge on where to find the fish in the river. We went fishing on the weekend and caught and released a nice 10 inch brown trout at Saugeen Cedars Campground, but weather limited the fishing. We then went to Wilmer Ponds (north of Durham) and caught a nice rainbow trout. Some steelhead are being caught at Dennyâ€™s dam as they drop back down from spawning. Nancy and her husband were fishing Owen Sound and she caught her first fish, a nice Coho, using roe. River levels remain high due to thunderstorms and rain, river banks are slippery and the water is still very cold, be careful. Remember to check the regulations for areas that are open to trout this weekend. Some river sections open at a later date. Best lures: spawn-sacks, single egg presentations, Cleo, Kwikfish, Hot Shots & spinners and spoons.
River Flow Rates: moderate/high
Saugeen River (Durham) rising again at 1.52M, Saugeen River (Walkerton) rising at 10.5M, Saugeen River (Port Elgin) rising at 8.7M, Sauble River (Sauble Falls) rising at 1.42M, Sydenham River (Owen Sound) rising at 5.26M, Maitland River (above Wingham) rising at 10.5M, Credit River at Streetsville up at 4.8M, Credit River at Orangeville up at 11.3M, Grand River (Doon), up at 4.35M (below Shand dam) up at 2.0M.
Prime Fishing Times: Saturday May 2nd, 2009: 7:03pm to 9:49pm (moon overhead), 6:28am to 9:34am (moon underneath). Full moon May 8th.
Fly Fishing: Hendrickson, BWO, and various caddis
Saugeen conditions: very high, tea colored water, 8C, and visibility 2 foot.