What a difference a year makes. Last year for opening day the Ontario Steelhead season was almost over as soon as it started. Warm temperatures brought the Rainbow in early and we had to settle with tired drop back trout rather then fresh spring runs.
This year couldn’t be completely different. The fish ladder at the Beaver River in Thornbury just opened up 2 days ago. Too much ice throughout the system. The Grand River down Paris way is running at 628 m3/s and Fergus is at 232 m3/s. The Saugeen River up Walkerton way keeps rising.
Will our rivers be ready for us on April 26th? With any luck we may be able to find a couple of streams safe enough to hunt for our favourite migratory fish.
Keep your fingers crossed!