Miramichi Fishing Report for Thursday, September 15, 2016

We are still awaiting the arrival of the Fall runs to our rivers.  This weekend sees the full moon, and hence full-moon tides that are higher than normal, which hopefully will bring in fresh fish as part of the Fall runs.


W. W. Doak and Sons in Doaktown said angling was slower than last week as warmer days had limited the catching, but some were still being caught.  There were still fish throughout the system.  Water temps were good, but the level was a tad low in places such as the Cains and further p river.  Rain on Wednesday certainly helped a bit, although more would be welcomed

Flies of choice were Same-Thing-Murrays, White-tailed Green Machines, Ally’s Shrimps, Tippet Shrimps, General Practitioners and Bombers.  Most of the wets were no. 8s.

Derek Munn of Ledges Inn in Doaktown and Mountain Channel in the Rapids area said angling was not great, but they were catching a few every day, some days better than others.  Water conditions were good as far as temperatures were concerned, but in some places the height was a tad low.  A good rain would be welcomed.

Flies of choice were mostly Bombers (Blue & White, Brown & White, Green & White) along with some Shady Ladies, White-tailed Green Machines and Undertakers on no. 10 hooks.

Herb Barry Sr. of Herb’s Fly Shop on the Station Road in Blackville said angling was slow.  There were some fish around, but they were not taking well.  The water was low, but a perfect temperature.  The few that were being hooked were mostly salmon.

Flies of choice were Rusty Rats, Ally’s Shrimps, Tippet Shrimps, General Practitioners, and White & Orange Bombers.

Curtis Miramichi River Outfitting in Blackville said there were good numbers of fish around, but anglers were only catching a few.  There were no amount of fresh fish, but those there were a good mix of salmon and grilse.  Water temperatures were good, but a good rain is needed.

Flies of choice were Undertakers, Preachers and Bombers on nos. 6 & 8s.

Jim Laws of Miramichi Hunting and Fishing in Newcastle, Miramichi reported slow angling.  There were some fish around, but not taking much.  The water was down, but a decent temperature.

There were a few striped bass starting back in the Nelson area, but it is still a bit early for the good fishing.

Flies of choice were White-tailed Green Machines, Shady Ladies and Undertakers, along with the traditional Fall patterns.

Syd Matchett of Trout Brook Fly Shop on the Northwest Miramichi said fishing was quiet since the weekend with the return of very warm temperatures.  There were not a lot of anglers out and conditions had been windy.  There were still some fish around, but not many fresh fish.  The water was low but a decent temperature.

Flies of choice were Ally’s Shrimps, Shady Ladies, White-tailed Green Machines and the odd Yellow-winged Butterfly on nos. 6 & 8 hooks.

Debbie Norton of Upper Oxbow Outdoor Adventures on the Little Southwest Miramichi said They had caught three (a salmon and two grilse) fish last Friday, but did not have any sports out since then.

There were some fish around, but they were not taking well.  Water conditions were very good.  With the full moon on Friday, Debbie was predicting we will see the Fall run begin.

Flies of choice were White-tailed Green Machines, Copper Killers, big Marabous and Ally’s Shrimps.

So hopefully, the full-moon tides will bring in fresh fish so we can get out and “on the water”.

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Doug Underhill
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Miramichi, NB, Canada, E1V 6G2

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Good afternoon Doug,

I Just read your weekly report, where you mention  (about the recent striped bass announcement) ‘’However, no mention was made regarding the possession limit, an item that must be clarified’’.

To clarify:
Striped bass bag limit and possession limit remain unchanged. Under this new retention period Sept 2-October 31,  the limit remains 1 striped bass in possession per angler at any given time.

Please see the following link to the striped bass management plan, updated following the recent announcement. http://www.inter.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/Gulf/FAM/Recreational-Fisheries/2015-16-Multiyear-plan-Striped-Bass

Or the notice to recreational anglers issued back in April, but also updated on September 2 following the announcement.

As a reminder, this is the main page for DFO Gulf Region recreational fisheries, where these links can be found:

All the best,
Frédéric Butruille
A/Regional Senior Fisheries Management Officer / Agent régional principal de gestion des pêches p.i.
Fisheries and Oceans Canada / Pêches et Océans Canada
Moncton, NB

Atlantic Salmon Federation News for Friday, September 9, 2016

ASF RIVERNOTES – A Special Report from Ungava, and great short videos
As Autumn begins, Atlantic salmon continue to come in from the sea, and many moving upstream have developed fall colours. Check out the special reports and great videos this week.

DFO Approves Major Striped Bass Season Extension
In light of the massive population explosion of striped bass in the Miramichi, the season has been extended until the end of October. For more details:

NB Salmon Council in Favour of Removing Mactaquac Dam
Gary Spencer of the NBSC discussed the possibilities for restoring the St. John River to health through removal of the Mactaquac Dam.

RESEARCH UPDATE – Escapees in New Brunswick, and Electrofishing
In an update to the Research activities,  ASF Biologist Graham Chafe discusses the latest field activity, including the monitoring of farmed salmon escapees at the Magaguadavic Fishway.

Swim with Atlantic Salmon in a National Park
Fundy National Park has developed a program for limited numbers of visitors to take part in surveys of salmon numbers in one of the park’s rivers. Read more:

NS Protestors of Alton Gas Project Occupy DFO Minister’s Office
Citing the impact on the endangered wild Atlantic salmon of the Shubenacadie River, protestors took over the constituency office of Dominic LeBlanc.

NL Court Fines Angler and Seizes Equipment for Untagged Salmon
An angler pleaded to keep his angling gear in court, but to no avail, regarding a charge of having an untagged salmon.

Welsh Salmon Runs Threatened by Decline in Fry Numbers
For reasons poorly understood, the density of young Atlantic salmon in Welsh rivers is dropping, threatening the future of the species there.

Anyone wishing to report suspicious fishing activity anonymously is asked to contact the nearest Fisheries and Oceans Canada office or to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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