Miramichi Fishing Report for Thursday, June 7, 2012

Generally, angling was slow across the system, with a spattering of bright fish here and there, but no concentrated run.  The weather from Sunday on has also been a contributing factor with few anglers out in the cold, windy, rainy and drizzly conditions.  The one bright spot was the Juniper area of the Main Southwest, where the sea trout were providing good fishing.

A reminder that as of June 1, 2012, all angling above the Wayerton Bridge on the Northwest Miramichi, above the Square Forks on the Sevogle and above Catamaran Brook on the Little Southwest is catch and release.  Hooks can be barbed, but check the regulations for clarification on some of the Crown Reserve Stretches where Hook and Release had been practiced for some time, and required barbless hooks.

As well, with these regulations, anglers are well advised to respect trespassing on private property without permission.  Don’t assume you have the right to go where you please.  Be courteous.

Doug White’s Tammerack Sports Fly Shop in Juniper said the fishing was good over the weekend with sea-trout being the main target.  There was one salmon caught and released on June 2. The water is dropping off which makes for good trout fishing, but not so good for salmon.

Flies of choice were Butterflies, Dry flies, Streamers and assorted Buck Bugs and Bombers

W. W. Doak and Sons in Doaktown said angling was sporadic with reports of a salmon in Blissfield, one in Upper Blackville, and a couple at the Mouth of the Cains.  The Cains was also producing decent sea trout as well.  Water conditions were ideal, but cold.

Flies of choice were Shady Ladies, Butterflies and White-tailed Green Machines for salmon, while trout anglers were using Muddlers, Wooly Buggers and May Fly hatches.

Derek Munn of Ledges Inn in Doaktown and Mountain Channel in the Rapids area said angling was pretty slow with the only the odd fish being caught here and there.  A good raise of water would be welcomed, especially on the Northwest Miramichi.

Flies of choice were White-tailed Green Machines, Butterflies, Black Ghosts, and Undertakers.

Herb Barry Sr. of Herb’s Fly Shop on the Station Road in Blackville said anglers were getting some fish, but the numbers were not great.  One angler hooked a salmon and saw a grilse jump on Friday.  There was also a report of a salmon at Dean’s Bar in Blissfield and a grilse at the Dungarvon Bridge.  There were a few others hooked and lost here and there.  Basically, there were no trout reports to speak of.

Flies of choice were White-tailed Green Machines, Shady Ladies, Green-butt and Red-butt Bear Hairs and Glitter Bears, along with a few Rusty Rats.

Curtis Miramichi River Outfitting in Blackville said angling was slow with only a few being caught here and there, including the odd grilse.   The Upper Dungarvon was producing some decent trout fishing.  Water conditions were good and certainly cold. They were hoping the full-moon tides would bring more bright salmon into the system this week.

Flies of choice were White-tailed Green Machines, Carter’s Bugs, and the odd Bomber, along with Muddlers and Royal Wulffs for trout.

George Routledge of George’s Fly Shop at the Mouth of Renous in Quarryville said angling there was poor, but ha’d heard of two salmon and three grilse caught above the Pineville Bridge in the evenings when the wind died off some.  Water conditions were a little high.  There were no trout reports.

Flies of choice were White-tailed Green Machines, Black Ghosts and Shady Ladies.

Jim Laws of Miramichi Hunting and Fishing in Newcastle, Miramichi reported hearing of the odd salmon and even the odd grilse being caught here and there, but in no concentrations.  Water conditions were improving on the Northwest, but the river could use a really good raise in water.  The Main Southwest was fairly quiet with only a few reports of hook-ups.  There were no trout reports.

Flies of choice were White-tailed Green Machines, Shady Ladies, Undertakers, Black Ghosts and Butterflies, along with Muddlers for trout.

Syd Matchett of Trout Brook Fly Shop on the Northwest Miramichi said the weather was so cold, windy and miserable that there were few anglers out.  There were a few hit and miss reports of salmon and grilse.  Over the past two weeks, there were about 12 salmon hooked on the Sevogle, but basically only a spattering of fish.  Water conditions had improved a little, but more rain in that respect would be welcomed.

Flies of choice were White-tailed Green Machines, Yellow Butterflies and Black Ghosts.

Debbie Norton of Upper Oxbow Outdoor Adventures on the Little Southwest Miramichi said angling was slow with only a trickle of bright fish moving through.  Anglers were picking up the odd bright salmon and grilse and a few pan trout, but there was nothing to rave about.  The water was a decent level, but cold.  The out-migration of smolts was over and the trap nets at Cassilis and Millerton are now in the in-coming counting mode.  She was just waiting for the big runs to start.  Last week they played host to a group of kayakers.

Flies of choice were Butterflies.

Hopefully, this week will see an improvement in the numbers of bright fish entering the system which will make it a pleasure to be out and “on the water”.

A bright salmon landed near Juniper by Randy Campbell of Royal Road, Fredericton on June 1. He said he's been at this for many many years and this is the earliest he has ever landed a salmon so far upriver on the Miramichi. "What a beauty and a great fighter, and a pleasure to return it to the river as fast as possible." said Campbell.

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Thought for the Week: “Fishing is much more than fish.  It is the great occasion when we may return to the fine simplicity of our forefathers.”  ~Herbert Hoover

RIVER-LORE:  Oldtimers used to say when the lilacs were in bloom, that was the best time for bright salmon.  (Contributed by Glenn Russell)

If the river-lore about Yellow Butterflies is true, there should be fish as Dave Ingersoll aptly captures a cluster of yellows on the Northwest Miramichi

If the river-lore about Yellow Butterflies is true, there should be fish as Dave Ingersoll aptly captures a cluster of yellows on the Northwest Miramichi


Hi Doug!

This past Sunday the MVHS Fly Fishing Club celebrated Fish NB by spending a day on the Northwest Miramichi.  We had two large groups fishing the water between the Miners and Wayerton bridges.  A group of 7 grade 12 club members left the school at 5:30 am to canoe and fish the stretch of water from Miners bridge down to Allison’s camps.  The water was extremely low, which made the paddling quite interesting.  We did not get into any salmon but we did hook into some small brook trout and salmon parr.  Thanks goes out to Dale Taylor and Jeff Wilson for guiding the students through the pools.  A group of 9 club members left the school at 7:30 am to fish the pools in the Wayerton bridge area.  Kevin Ross showed his group, which consisted of his son Kyle with fellow grade 12 members Jacob Ashton and Thomas Sturgeon, how to hook into an early June grilse at Trout Brook.  This was our only tight line of the day.  Thanks goes out to Kevin, Keith Comeau, Rick Hayward, Jason and Jennifer Curtis for providing their guiding services.  All of the club members were able to practice the lessons that have been taught within the club and enjoy the moment of being on the water.  We are planning another trip in mid July to the Main Southwest Miramichi.  This is our 5th season and we had the largest club membership to date…19 students.  I encourage your readers to visit our website to check out the club updates and view our pictures/videos.  I have attached a couple pictures from our trip…

Tight Lines!….Ashley Hallihan

(L-R) John McNally, Carly Russell, Jeff Wilson, Rebecca Taylor, Adam Travis, Micaela Hachey, Cody Stewart, Ashley Hallihan and James Styrang Fishing At Stickney

(L-R) Natalie Whitney, Dylan Ward, Jacon Smith, Stephen Miller and Keith Comeau

(L-R) Emma Freeze, Kayla Arseneault

I was just talking to people in Juniper (May 31) and they said 75 sea trout came to the barrier since yesterday.  Gary Jones,  NACKAWIC

Atlantic Salmon Federation News

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Salmon Arriving in Gaspe – RIVERNOTES
Check out the first notes on Atlantic salmon in the Gaspé, plus check out the excellent returns in Maine’s Penobscot River – and there is an ASF Research Field Staff update.

June 4 Aquaculture Press Conference in Nova Scotia  
All in the Halifax area of Nova Scotia are urged to attend a press conference on June 4 at 10 am. For full details on place and background, click below:

Norway Putting Wild Salmon First
Norway plans on making impact of sea lice on wild Atlantic salmon the guideline on whether any expansion of aquaculture is allowed.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Very Important International Meeting on Atlantic Salmon
NASCO is like the United Nations of Atlantic salmon countries. The outcome of its annual meeting next week is especially critical – if a commercial quota for Greenland is approved, then it will jeopardize the present upswing in large salmon numbers that is giving an important impetus to restoration of the runs toward historic levels. Read more

ASF RIVERNOTES Published    
The season continues to unfold as it should – with a little extra water. Read more about the returns in ASF RIVERNOTES

Delay of Nova Scotia Salmon Angling Season
The June 1 opening of the Nova Scotia Atlantic salmon angling season is delayed. Read more details.

Closed-containment is best for wild & farmed salmon
ASF’s Lewis Hinks writes a response to an aquaculture proponent’s letter.

Changes to Fisheries Act Not Good Say FOUR Former Ministers
FOUR former Canadian Ministers of Fisheries and Oceans, two Conservative, two Liberal, together deplore the weakening of habitat protection that is part of the massive Bill C-38, which is supposedly a budget bill

One lucky young angler with a beauty of a sea trout caught in Juniper. Submitted by Dwain Burpee

Atlantic Salmon Federation ACTION ALERT

Friday, June 1, 2012

The Atlantic Salmon Federation (ASF) is very concerned about the delayed salmon angling season on Nova Scotia salmon rivers that was due to open today, June 1. It is important that the conservation-minded anglers have a presence on the rivers.

Any prolonged closure can have a negative impact on those who care about the rivers, on the benefits to the economy of the recreational fishery (recently evaluated as worth $4.4 Million and providing 123 fulltime jobs annually), and on the monitoring of Atlantic salmon in those rivers.

It is imperative that DFO act quickly to resolve this issue in a manner that respects the Supreme Court of Canada’s decisions on aboriginal rights yet also recognizes the important contributions that the conservation minded anglers make in the conservation and restoration of the species.  The Margaree River met 500% of its conservation targets for wild Atlantic salmon in 2011 and can sustain well-managed fisheries with reasonable retention limits for First Nations as well as recreational fishermen. The same is true of other rivers open to angling.

The recent rebound in wild Atlantic salmon stocks is in no small part due to the hard work of conservation-minded anglers that are found on Nova Scotia’s salmon rivers during the season.  They give of their time and money to restore salmon populations.

We would urge ASF members and others  to telephone and/or e-mail each of the following:

Regional Director General (Maritimes Region)  – in Halifax – Faith Scattalon 902-426-2581, email:

Acting Regional Director General (Gulf Region) – Francis Breau 506-851-7751, email:

Office of the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans – the Honourable Keith Ashfield 613-992-1067, email:

And don’t forget to contact your Member of Parliament.

Aquaculture Risks in Nova Scotia     
For those in the Halifax region, we also urge you to attend the rally and press conference on aquaculture being held at the Lord Nelson Hotel at 11 am, Monday June 4. For background:

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”.

ASF’s Action Alerts are occasional alerts where your assistance can make a difference.

Until next week