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Miramichi Fishing Report for Thursday, August 27, 2015

Conditions have not really changed much since last week, so I’ll make another general evaluation of conditions.  Water conditions continue to be low and warm, with only an odd fish being caught perhaps in camp waters.  Very few local anglers are out and many outfitters have cancelled their guests until conditions improve.

The 23 cold-water pools specified by DFO are still closed as of late Wednesday evening, but the “morning only” fishing time has been lifted to normal daily hours of angling.  Trap nets for counting have seen few if any new fish on a daily basis.

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Wednesday and Thursday (today) did see some rain which will definitely help, but as of the time of this writing, it is unknown if we will receive enough rain for further restrictions to be lifted. Hopefully cooler temperatures, along with more rain will get the system back on the positive track on which it has been for this season
Then we can look forward to getting back “on the water”.

Photo: Ashleigh Reynolds

Photo: Ashleigh Reynolds

Please find attached a Notice to Recreational Fisher advising the public that the variation order 2015-066, restricting angling in the Miramichi River system to the morning period only, has been lifted. The 23 salmon pools remain closed until water conditions improve.  DFO will continue to monitor the situation on a daily basis.

Notice to Recreational Anglers, Fisheries and Oceans Canada – Gulf Region, Salmon angling on the Miramichi River
Moncton – August 19, 2015 – Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) wishes to inform the public that angling in the Miramichi River system will be restricted to morning fishing only between 06:00 and 11:00 daily until water conditions improve. This change will be effective as of Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at 22:00. DFO will monitor these conditions on a daily basis.

This measure applies to the following waters:

  • Northwest Miramichi River upstream to its junction with the North and South branches, not including tributaries;
  • Little Southwest Miramichi River including the North Pole Stream and the Lower North Branch Little Southwest Miramichi River, not including tributaries;
  • Big Sevogle River including the North and South branches, not including tributaries;
  • Southwest Miramichi River including the North and South branches, not including tributaries;
  • Rocky Brook and Clearwater Brook, not including tributaries;
  • Renous River including the North and South branches, not including tributaries;
  • Dungarvon River, not including tributaries;
  • Bartholomew River, not including tributaries;
  • Cains River, not including tributaries.

The angling closure for all species of fish in the following 23 salmon holding pools will remain in effect:

  • Confluence of Wildcat Brook and Northwest Miramichi River, including the waters of Wildcat Brook 50 m upstream of its mouth;
  • Confluence of Trout Brook and Northwest Miramichi River, including the waters of Trout Brook 50 m upstream of its mouth;
  • Confluence of Harris Brook and the Little Southwest Miramichi River, including the waters of Harris Brook 50 m upstream of its mouth;
  • Confluence of Parks Brook and the Little Southwest Miramichi River, including the waters of Parks Brook 50 m upstream of its mouth;
  • Confluence of Gray Rapids Brook and Southwest Miramichi River, including the waters of Gray Rapids upstream from its confluence with the Southwest Miramichi River to Route 118, an area locally known as Pete’s Brook;
  • Confluence of Hudson Brook and the Southwest Miramichi River, including the waters of Hudson Brook 50 m upstream of its mouth;
  • Confluence of the Bartholomew River and the Southwest Miramichi River, including the waters of the Bartholomew River upstream from its confluence with the Southwest Miramichi River to the Highway # 8 Bridge;
  • Confluence of Mersereau Brook and Southwest Miramichi River, including the waters of Mersereau Brook 50 m upstream of its mouth;
  • Confluence of Morse Brook and Southwest Miramichi River, including the waters of Morse Brook upstream from its confluence with the Southwest Miramichi River to Howard Road;
  • Confluence of McKenzie Brook and Southwest Miramichi River, including the waters of McKenzie Brook 50 m upstream of its mouth;
  • Confluence of Black Brook and Southwest Miramichi River, including the waters of Black Brook upstream from its confluence with the Southwest Miramichi River to South Cains River Road;
  • Confluence of Donnelly Brook and Southwest Miramichi River, including the waters of Donnelly Brook upstream from its confluence with the Southwest Miramichi River to the South Road Bridge;
  • Confluence of Mill Brook and Southwest Miramichi River, including the waters of Mill Brook 50 m upstream of its mouth.
  • Confluence of Big Hole Brook and Southwest Miramichi River, including the waters of Big Hole Brook 50 m upstream of its mouth;
  • Confluence of Betts Mills Brook and Southwest Miramichi River, including the waters of Betts Mills Brook upstream from its confluence with the Southwest Miramichi River to Highway # 8;
  • Confluence of Porcupine Brook and Southwest Miramichi River, including the waters of Porcupine Brook upstream from its confluence with the Southwest Miramichi River to Story Town Road;
  • Waters of the Renous River surrounding the pump house located at N 46.86483,W 65.67698 (WGS 84);
  • Confluence of Butty’s Brook and Renous River, and the waters of Butty’s Brook from its confluence with the Renous River to South Renous Road, an area locally known as Duffy’s Brook;
  • Confluence of Otter Brook and Cains River, including the waters of Otter Brook 50 m upstream of its mouth. An area locally known as Brophy’s Place;
  • Confluence of Cold Brook and Cains River, including the waters of Cold Brook 50 m upstream of its mouth;
  • Confluence of Salmon Brook and Cains River, including the waters of Salmon Brook upstream from its confluence with the Cains River to South Cains River Road;
  • Confluence of Muzeroll Brook and Cains River, including the waters of Muzeroll Brook 50 m upstream of its mouth;
  • Confluence of Six Mile Brook and Cains River, including the waters of Six Mile Brook 50 m upstream of its mouth;

Please note that the following salmon harvesting pools will remain closed until December 31,
2015:

  • Confluence of Sutherland Brook and Northwest Miramichi River, including the waters of Sutherland Brook upstream to the Highway 420;
  • Waters of the Southwest Miramichi River in Quarryville, 300 m upstream and 300 m downstream of the Quarryville Bridge, including Indian Town Brook from its confluence with the Southwest Miramichi River, upstream to Highway 108 bridge;
  • Confluence of Wilson Brook and Southwest Miramichi River, including the waters of Wilson Brook 100 m upstream of its mouth, an area locally known as the Bear Den;

To report any suspicious fishing activity, please contact the nearest Conservation and Protection detachment in the Gulf Region or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
For more information on this fishery, please contact:
Pierre Bélanger, Senior Advisor, Recreational Fisheries – Fisheries and Oceans Canada in Moncton, NB at (506) 851-2002

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E-MAIL:
Doug
I just wanted to say that I enjoy the newsletter and to thank you for running the notice advertising the event at the Woodsmen’s Museum in Boiestown in your last edition. I just so happened that I was down from Ottawa to visit my folks in Fredericton and saw the notice about the event in the newsletter. We decided to go and had a wonderful day there. My Mum grew up in Boiestown so it was a great chance to visit the area, and the ham supper put on at the event capped off the day. We would have missed it all if not for your newsletter. It was a great show and congratulations to the organizers.
Shawn O’Connor
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Doug
On behalf of NB wildlife Federation, I am requesting you to inset the notice below in your newsletter.

Yours in Conservation,
RED
Richard DeBow
Moncton

New Brunswick Wildlife Federation is again promoting it Master Angler Program. The Program’s aim is to promote family fishing and to give special attention to the dedicated anglers of New Brunswick. Here is a link visitors to their site (www.nbwf.ca) can follow to the Master Angler NB web site (direct link: www.masteranglernb.wix.com/mmasteranglermasterangler).

Participating Species in alphabetical order:

American Eel, Atlantic Salmon (sea run), Atlantic Salmon (land locked), Brook Trout, Brown Bullhead (catfish), Brown Trout, Burbot, Chain Pickerel, Chub, Cunner, Lake Trout, Muskellunge, Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass, Splake, Striped Bass, Sturgeon, Sunfish, White Perch, Yellow Perch

NBWF urges anglers to take their spouses, children and grandchildren out to enjoy fishing for any of these species and to register their success with our Master Angler Program.

Atlantic Salmon Federation News – Friday, Aug. 21, 2015

ASF RIVERNOTES – Overview of Salmon Returns in Europe 2015
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There are some interesting surprises in this year’s Atlantic salmon runs in European rivers, and ASF RIVERNOTES takes a comprehensive look – from Iceland to Scotland, from France to Norway, and Sweden. Check it out.
http://atlanticsalmonfederation.org/rivernotes/

DFO Closes Pools on the Miramichi
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Again DFO has closed pools to angling for conservation reasons, and have added a requirement for morning only angling, 6 am to 11 am. Check out DFO’s list of pools.
http://www.inter.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/Gulf/Orders-Registry/Report?order_id=4230

TRAPPED! Atlantic Salmon Are Trapped by a DFO Construction Project
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Poor scheduling has led to salmon trapped in a Newfoundland river, unable to migrate upstream. Read more.
http://asf.ca/hundreds-of-salmon-trapped-by-nl-construction-project.html

ASF has called on DFO to take immediate action on the situation
http://asf.ca/asf-calls-on-dfo-to-move-trapped-salmon-at-rocky-river.html

Photographs of the situation are available here:
http://asf.ca/rocky-river-construction-project.html

ASF RESEARCH Update
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ASF staff visited the site in Howland, ME where a state-of-the-art fishway is under construction to improve fish passage in the Piscataquis River.
http://asf.ca/research-in-the-field.html

All Salmon Angling Stopped on Russia’s Kola River due to disease
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A moratorium has been announced due to disease and many dead salmon in one major river in northwest Russia. Read more.
http://asf.ca/moratarium-on-salmon-angling-on-river-that-flows-through-mu.html

Press Release of the Governor of the Russian Region (translation)
http://asf.ca/measures-for-protection-of-the-atlantic-salmon-in-the-kola-.html

Catching Poachers in Central Newfoundland
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A video and story describe the anti-poaching activities in the Gander area.
http://asf.ca/tips-lead-to-string-of-salmon-poaching-busts-in-central-nl.html

Until next week
TIGHT LINES
DOUG

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