Fishermen Saddened by Drought, 2016
Halloween Day 2016, fishermen are saddened by the extreme drought on most rivers and streams in Southern Ontario. At this time of the year, the Rainbow Trout traditionally leave the Great Lakes and rush up the rivers as the water flows off the land to replenish the Great Lakes. It is called the “false spawning run”. This year there are only a few inches of water in the downstream. At the mouth of the Bighead River in Meaford, the fish are stalled and they cluster in the only deep pool up from the mouth because of the low water conditions.
Bob Giza of Ontario Streams measures the low water depth in the Bighead River at Meaford.
A few miles south on the shoreline at the mouth of the Indian Brook, Bob observes low water conditions. He shares the concerns of local steelhead fishermen who state that these are the worst conditions in 50 years. This is a great concern for our fish populations and water supplies.