St. Marys River and Fishing Conditions, Updated Every Monday
Number of Gates Open: 5
Water Temperature: 58oF
Weekly Average Water Temperature: 51.2oF
Fish in Season: Atlantic salmon, whitefish and a few steelhead
Additional Information: 5 gates open in rapids, be careful! Half of Cloverland Hydro plant will be off line during the day for the rest of the fall while work is done in the canal.
All gate openings listed on this page refer to those compensating gates in the main rapids only. The # of gates open can range from 1/8 of a gate to 16 full gates.
Fishing in the St. Mary's River rapids can be risky. The water is deep in some areas, and the current is swift. Gates that regulate the water flow can make the current strong and, in some cases, impossible to wade.
- 0-2 gates open: the rapids are easily fished
- 2-4 gates open: fishing is still possible, but extreme caution should be used more than 4 gates are open it is highly recommended that you do not fish in the rapids
These recommendations are for informational purposes only. Individual anglers will need to decide for themselves if they should risk fishing in the rapids. It is highly recommended that you fish with someone who knows the waters if you have not fished in the rapids previously.
For more information about lock conditions, you can access the US Army Corps of Engineers website.
Daily water temperatures are taken inside the Aquatic Research Laboratory.
The average weekly temperature is the average weekly water temperature for the past 10 years; it is posted every Monday.
For current weather conditions in the St. Marys river area, visit Intellicast
Raw data available on request (email Roger Greil)
Links for more information on water temperatures in the Great Lakes:
The fishing report is given for an area that lies within approximately 1/2 miles of the powerhouse (Cloverland Electric Cooperative Hydroelectric Plant).
Fish that are available throughout the season :
Atlantic salmon, Pink salmon, Chinook salmon, Whitefish, Walleye, Rainbow trout (steelhead)
Where are the best places to fish?
Fishing in the rapids or hooking up behind the Edison Sault powerhouse is best suited for fly fishing, drift fishing, and casting. Alford Park is a good location for still fishing and casting spoons. Trolling is best for all other sites.
There are several fishing guides who offer their services in the St. Marys river and nearby areas:
Blue Heron Fishing Charters
Harold Bailey, Captain
Phone: 906-635-5134 or 906-632-1775*
Web page: www.blueheronfishingcharters.com/
553 Queen St. W.
Sault Ste. Marie Ontario, Canada P6A 1A8
Phone: 1-705-575-5570 or 1-906-203-9112