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K. Bocza
Posted: Mar 09, 2021 - 11:53 pm


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Hello all,

I'm considering heading out around Angus to fish the Nottawasaga for steelhead with a friend this Sunday. I've never tried fishing for steelhead this early, as I only started last spring, so I'm not really sure if it's too early, too cold, or too far upriver. I did see that we're gonna get a warm spell with quite a bit of rain this week, which I think is good. Do we have any chance of success? Or should we not waste our time?

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K.

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Chuck Enwinde
Posted: Mar 10, 2021 - 12:20 am


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I would expect the river to be up in to the trees by the weekend. Warm rain can melt a lot of snow.

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Posted: Mar 10, 2021 - 07:45 am


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Iíve never fished the Notty but I think itís safe to say it will be blown out for a few days after this melt like Chuck said.

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Jesse
Posted: Mar 10, 2021 - 09:52 am


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Few days after the big melt should b pretty good i usually find once it starts to drop before it clears up fish will b in and active not to sure about the notty but creeks and rivers my way hold steelhead all winter with the best runs February through April

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K. Bocza
Posted: Mar 10, 2021 - 12:39 pm


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Ok yeah you guys are right. That won't stop us though. I'll do some research on how to fish for steelhead in high water. As long as they're in there, there's hope.

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Posted: Mar 10, 2021 - 06:44 pm


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Some of the river is still iced over

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ROFF
Posted: Mar 10, 2021 - 08:42 pm


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The Notty will be unfishable for the next month most likely.

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Chuck Enwinde
Posted: Mar 11, 2021 - 12:15 am


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QUOTE (K. Bocza @ Mar 10, 2021 - 01:39 pm)
Ok yeah you guys are right. That won't stop us though. I'll do some research on how to fish for steelhead in high water. As long as they're in there, there's hope.

Agree with ROFF. Trying to fish the Notty in full flood is a bad idea. You never know if you don't go, but I'd put a plan B together just in case.

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Posted: Mar 11, 2021 - 07:54 am


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With the exception of current conditions as mentioned above its never too early if its not locked up... plus early always better than late... not as "sporting" or fun fishing them over spawning grounds high up a system or hitting spawned out dropbacks in warm weather/low water which can often be the case by late April....in my opinion

There are a few tribs/sections like the Notty with year round open season... maybe focus on those that have less volume/flow and clean up quicker.

Below is a link that can be helpful - pick a river, check the readings for a day you're there so you have a benchmark and decide whats ideal for you going forward.


https://wateroffice.ec.gc.ca/google_map/goo...gion®ion=ONT

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Knuguy
Posted: Mar 11, 2021 - 02:49 pm


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Looks 'double-double' in the lower part today with whitecaps from wind off the lake!!

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Posted: Mar 11, 2021 - 03:11 pm


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I was over near Moonstone today and the upper Coldwater River is high, fast, dirty and at the top of its banks. Lots of water flowing out of the fields and over the concession roads in places.

Not fishable in my opinion.

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Posted: Mar 11, 2021 - 04:29 pm


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Notty in Angus is almost to the top this afternoon.

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Knuguy
Posted: Mar 11, 2021 - 05:48 pm


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Ha---if you look at the online graphs right now you will see a vertical line.

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K. Bocza
Posted: Mar 11, 2021 - 11:46 pm


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Maitlandman i'd love to know of other rivers/tribs that are open for steelhead right now and clear up earlier, from what I could see most of the other ones were in the GTA which I'm not so big on fishing-wise. Not committed to the Notty if there is a better option.

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Donny135
Posted: Mar 12, 2021 - 11:52 pm


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Although I'm new to the game, I made that mistake last year It's gonna be REAL high with these warm temps, wait till it'll be a bit lower like the others said, goodluck

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