Grand River Streamer Smallmouth Bass

Grand River Streamer Smallmouth Bass.

“She begins as a trickle near Dundalk, then dallies for a time above the Shand Dam before charging down through the Elora Gorge. This is classic brown trout water, some of the best found anywhere in Ontario.

Below that, smallmouth bass and pike call her deepening pools and riffles their home, and farther south still she changes again, enticing walleye and rainbow from the rich waters of Lake Erie.” *

Andy with a Grand River Steelhead at Caledonia

Andy with a Grand River Steelhead in Caledonia.

In 1994, the Grand River and its major tributaries achieved the coveted status of Canadian Heritage River. Due in large part to the successful efforts of many partners, the Grand is also considered a world class fishery!

* Ontario Out of Doors – February, 1995

The Upper Grand River near Fergus and Elora is a world class catch and release tailwater fishery which has some of Canada’s best Brown Trout fishing, whether it be with a dry fly, nymph, streamer or emerger. Grand River Brown

Trico Hatch on the Grand river with TFC Hat

Trico Hatch on the Grand river with TFC Hat

Trout are known for their selective nature as fishing pressure has taught them to use discretion in feeding. It is quite an accomplishment to catch and release a 20″ fish though plenty abound!

Major Hatches on the Upper Grand River extend all through the season from May to October but the river is known for heavy Caddis, Midges, Hendrickson, Cahill, Fox, Blue Winged Olive, Isonychia and Tricos.

See here for Upper Grand River Pictures.

You can check this link to the GRCA site for a minute by minute report on flows.

You can check this link to the GRCA site for a minute by minute report on temperature.

Vince on the Grand River with a Beautiful Brown Trout

Vince on the Grand River with a Beautiful Brown Trout

Upper Section - Shand Dam in Belwood to Scotland Street in Fergus.
Water Clarity:Clear but with rains this week cold change.

Current Shand dam discharge is 10 cms

Temperature:Cold. 8 degrees Celcius
Hatches:
Best Bets:Streamers and big nymphs. Go deep and go slw
Middle Section - Scotland Street in Fergus to Elora.
Water Clarity:Clear but with rains this week could change
Temperature:Cold. 8.5 degrees celcius
Hatches:

Best Bets:Streamers and nymphs. Go deep and go slow
Lower Section - Elora to Highway 86.
Water Clarity:Clear but with rains this week likely to be turbid for the weekend.

Flow is currently running around 14cms

Temperature:Cold. 8.5 degrees celecius
Hatches:
Best Bets:Streamers and nymphs. Go deep and go slow

Latest Grand River Conditions

  • Upper grand is fishing great. Size 14 Polish pheasant tail jig was top producer 4 days ago
  • Season is open! River is running around 10 cms at the Dam...Lower stretch is over 20cms 5 days ago
  • Only 3 days to season close 7 months ago
  • Middle stretch. Caddis on the surface but few rises. Caught lits if fish on size 16 perdigon olive and orange. 11 months ago
  • On the upper this morning. Fish rising. Mix of caddis, cranes and BWOs. 11 months ago
  • Lower is clear.. Lots of Hendricksons... Spinner fall tonight. 12 months ago
  • Upper is clear and low... Few fish feeding on the surface.. Midges and BWOs. 12 months ago
  • Hendricksons are hatching on the lower. 12 months ago
  • River is low and clear... BWOs and midges at the upper parts.. Some early Hendricksons on the lower. 12 months ago
  • Upper grand is in good shape...clear water... Bwos still hatching. Best bet small pheasant rail #14 or 16. 12 months ago