MIRAMICHI – IT’S THE TURNING OF A PAGE SEASON. Spring or black salmon are basically finished except for the very odd straggler. Bright salmon and sea trout are starting into the system, and the numbers of striped bass being caught are gradually increasing as the water warms a bit.
W. W. Doak and Sons in Doaktown said the black salmon are pretty gone, and there are no brights yet, but any day now they could start to filter into the system. There are some river or black trout and a few bright sea trout starting to be caught. Basically it is an in-between season there with not a lot of anglers out. The water is a good height and still on the cool side, which had prolonged the spring season, making it one of the better ones recently. Flies of choice were Muddlers, Woolly Buggers, Black Ghosts, Butterflies, White-tailed Green Machines and some spring streamers tied on smaller hooks such as nos. 4 & 6 hooks.
Andrew Anthony of Ledges Inn in Doaktown and Mountain Channel in the Rapids area said spring salmon season was over with only an odd one maybe being hooked in the lower part of the river such as at Mountain Channel. No bright salmon have been hooked yet, but anglers were getting some trout including some bright sea trout. The water is in good shape with spring pools starting to take shape, and the fiddleheads are up and ready for picking. Flies of choice were White-tailed Green Machines, Glitter Bears, Black Ghosts and Shady Ladies.
Herb Barry Sr. of Herb’s Fly Shop on the Station Road in Blackville said angling there was quiet with only a few trout being hooked, including a few sea trout. Some of the river trout were in the five-pound range. Black salmon were gone and there were no reports of brights yet. Herb and his son were catching some nice striped bass in the city of Miramichi area. Flies of choice were Muddlers and smaller Renous Specials and Mickey Finns. Bass were taking some home-made jigs with feathers and a lot of Krystal Flash.
Curtis Miramichi River Outfitting in Blackville said angling was quiet except for an odd spring salmon and a few trout, some of which were sea-run. There were no bright salmon reported yet and not a lot of anglers on the river during this in-between season. The water was a good level for boats and especially canoes. Curtis Miramichi Outfitters are running a fly-casting school on Saturday, May 27 from 8:30 am to 4 pm. Cost is $95.00. Call 1-506-843-2481. Flies of choice were Muddlers and Black Ghosts.
Jim Laws of Miramichi Hunting and Fishing in Newcastle, Miramichi reported the end of spring salmon, but no bright ones yet. Anglers were picking up some big trout in the 24-inch range (four to five pounds), but very few smaller trout. Striped bass numbers were increasing and the weekend should be good for the Miramichi Striper Cup this weekend. Flies of choice were Black Ghosts, Green Machines and Butterflies.
Syd Matchett of Trout Brook Fly Shop on the Northwest Miramichi said the bright salmon had started as Doug Best had hooked two, losing one at Wayerton Bridge on Wednesday May 24. Prior to that, angling had been quiet with only a few parr and smolt reported. Both the spring salmon and smelts were gone, but striped bass fishing was good with some big ones being hooked below the Red Bank Bridge. Flies of choice were Yellow Butterflies, Cossebooms, Black Ghosts and Green Machines.
Debbie Norton of Upper Oxbow Outdoor Adventures on the Little Southwest Miramichi said spring salmon were done and no brights had been reported yet, but she expected them any day. The water was falling and it was difficult to run a motor boat without being very careful. She had heard of a five-pound trout in the tideway. Striped bass fishing was good with a 41 ½ incher caught by Paul Elson Jr. There were also a lot of 36 inchers being hooked as well. The smolt migration was just about complete. Smolts had also been collected for the Smolts to Adults Rearing Program at the hatchery. Two cameras have been installed at Blackville to count fish, and another will be installed on the Little Southwest Miramichi. Flies of choice were Black Ghosts, Butterflies and Muddlers (trout).
So with the bright salmon starting, some sea trout on the move and increased striper activity increasing, it is time to get out and “on the water”.
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Thought for the Week: “Fishing provides time to think, and reason not to. If you have the virtue of patience, an hour or two of casting alone is plenty of time to review all you’ve learned about the grand themes of life. It’s time enough to realize that every generalization stands opposed by a mosaic of exceptions, and that the biggest truths are few indeed. Meanwhile, you feel the wind shift and the temperature change. You might simply decide to be present, and observe a few facts about the drifting clouds. Fishing in a place is a meditation on the rhythm of a tide, a season, the arc of a year, and the seasons of life… I fish to scratch the surface of those mysteries, for nearness to the beautiful, and to reassure myself the world remains. I fish to wash off some of my grief for the peace we so squander. I fish to dip into that great and awesome pool of power that propels these epic migrations. I fish to feel- and steal- a little of that energy. – Carl Safina,The View from Lazy Point: A Natural Year in an Unnatural World
Atlantic Salmon Federation News Fri., May 19, 2017
ASF Biologists Tag Kelts With Water Levels Dropping
Finally the water levels on rivers in the Maritimes and Gaspé are dropping and ASF is able to tag fish for this year’s salmon tracking programs. Watch Graham Chafe release a Restigouche kelt to continue its migration in a 48 sec. video.
ASF Research Blog Details High Water Challenges
The year 2017 will be remembered for a long time by ASF’s researchers for the high water levels that have added great difficulty to the field work. Read one researcher’s account of this.
ASF Presents its Highest Canadian Conservation Award to Fundy Baykeeper
ASF gave this year’s T.B. ‘Happy’ Fraser award to the Fundy Baykeeper program, and it was accepted by Matt Abbott at an ASF gala dinner in St. Andrews.
ASF Undertakes Dam Study in Farmington, Maine
On June 7 ASF begins a study designed to provide greatly improved fish passage.
Sea Lice Can Kill up to 50% of Atlantic Salmon returns says Irish Study
A new study has confirmed the major impact that sea lice can have on the return of wild Atlantic salmon. While the issue is greater in the eastern Atlantic at this time, it is still a problem in eastern North America.
To keep track of breaking news on wild Atlantic salmon, use the Atlantic Salmon Federation’s presence on Facebook. Log in, search for Atlantic Salmon Federation, and click “like”.
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