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 Conditions:Water Levels are very high – Deep wading not recommended.
Hatches:Midge.
Best Bets:Streamers, Midge Larvae, small Hendricksons and BWO’s.
Middle Section - Scotland Street in Fergus to Elora.
Water Conditions:Inland Trout Season is currently Closed.
Hatches:Midge.
Best Bets:Streamers, Midge Larvae, small Hendricksons and BWO’s.
Lower Section - Elora to Highway 86.
Water Conditions:Water Levels are very high – Deep wading not recommended.
Hatches:Midge.
Best Bets:Streamers, Midge Larvae, small Hendricksons and BWO’s.

Latest Grand River Conditions

  • Upper was fishing great this morning.. Cranes and caddis https://t.co/h1JpJCIo6V 11 months ago
  • Great afternoon on 5he upper yesterday... Lots of bwos, caddis and some cranes. 12 months ago
  • Lower grand lots of Hendrickson nymphs in the water... Pheasant tail nymphs #12 or 14 will match the hatch 1 year ago
  • Lower grand looks great. Caddis already in the water and sporadic mayfly hatch 1 year ago
  • Rain on the way tomorrow and Friday... Keep an eye on river levels 1 year ago
  • Still waiting for water levels to drop. 1 year ago
  • Great afternoon on the upper grand despite the t-storms... Lots of caddis, cranes and some Bwos on the water 2 years ago
  • Successful day on the river... Client landed a 20" brown on the lower nymphing. Upper lots of midges 2 years ago
  • Upper grand is fishing great. Size 14 Polish pheasant tail jig was top producer 2 years ago
  • Season is open! River is running around 10 cms at the Dam...Lower stretch is over 20cms 2 years ago