Miramichi Fishing Report for Thursday, August 10, 2017

MIRAMICHI – On a positive note, DFO has reopened the cold-water pools that were closed last week. Please see below:


This message is to inform you that as of Thursday August 10, 26 cold water pools that closed on August 3 will be REOPENING to fishing on the Miramichi River system. A variation order was just issued today to this effect, and a notice to anglers will be published shortly on the regional DFO Internet at http://www.inter.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/Gulf/FAM/Recreational-Fisheries (under the ‘salmon’ headline).

Please note that the three following pools are still closed to fishing.

• 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; and at the
• 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.

Thanks for your support, and for passing the message to your contacts.



Ce message est pour vous informer qu’à compter de jeudi le 10 août, 26 fosses à saumon qui ont été fermées le 3 août dernier seront rouverte à la pêche récréative dans le système de la rivière Miramichi. Une ordonnance de modification vient d’être émise aujourd’hui à cet effet, et un avis aux pêcheurs récréatifs sera publié sous peu sur le site Internet régional du MPO à http://www.inter.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/Golfe/GPA/Peches-recreatives (sous le titre ‘saumon’).

Veuillez noter que les trois fosses suivantes sont encore fermées à la pêche récréative

• Confluence du ruisseau Sutherland et de la rivière Northwest Miramichi et ruisseau Sutherland en amont de sa confluence avec la rivière Northwest Miramichi jusqu’au pont de la Route 420;
• Les eaux de la rivière Miramichi Sud-Ouest à Quarryville, 300 m en amont et 300 m en aval du pont de Quarryville, incluant le ruisseau Indian Town de sa confluence avec la rivière Miramichi Sud-Ouest, en amont vers le pont de l’Autoroute 108; et à la
• Confluence du ruisseau Wilson et de la rivière Miramichi Sud-Ouest, incluant les eaux du ruisseau Wilson jusqu’à 100 mètres en amont de son embouchure, un secteur connu localement comme Bear Den.

Merci de votre support, et merci de passer ce message à vos contacts.

Cécile Lavoie

A/Senior Advisor, Resource Management (Groundfish)
Fisheries and Oceans Canada / Government of Canada
cecile.lavoie@dfo-mpo.gc.ca / Tel: 506-851-2033 / Fax: 506-851-7732

Conseillère principale p.i., Gestion de la ressource (poisson de fond)
Pêches et Océans Canada / Gouvernement du Canada
cecile.lavoie@dfo-mpo.gc.ca / Tél : 506-851-2033 / Fax : 506-851-7732

Guide Greg Amos of Ledges with a beauty hen he caught Monday

Conditions began to change for the better last weekend with cooler temperatures and some rain which brought the rivers up and started the fish moving. The full-moon tides also helped. However, the heat has returned, but cooler nights are tiding us over as the water levels are dropping quickly. A good soaking rain is still needed for the forests and rivers.

W. W. Doak and Sons in Doaktown said fishing was looking a little better this week than last. There had been 1 ½ inches of rain above Doaktown, which raised the Main Southwest about five inches. The water temperature was also cooler this week, with more unsettled weather in the forecast. There were some salmon and grilse caught in the Doaktown area as fish were leaving the cold-water pools, but over all, fishing was on the slow side. The change in conditions was not a fix, but it was a start.

Flies of choice were small dark flies such as White-tailed Green Machines, Shady Ladies, Same-Thing-Murrays, Undertakers and Glitter Bears on nos. 8 & 10 hooks along with White and orange Bombers.

Andrew Anthony of Ledges Inn in Doaktown and Mountain Channel in the Rapids area said there was a decent raise in water on Monday that got fishing moving. The temperatures were in the low 60s Fahrenheit in the mornings, but going up to the 70s by late afternoon. Some fish were caught at their pools in the Doaktown area, and two grilse at Mountain Channel Monday. The water was up about nine inches, but dropping quickly.

Flies of choice were Bombers, Stoneflies, Smurfs, and Glitter Bears on no. 6 hooks.

Herb Barry Sr. of Herb’s Fly Shop on the Station Road in Blackville said there was nothing to report as there was hardly anyone fishing except the odd sport. The water was low, but the temperature was better than last week.

Flies of choice were a variety of Bombers.

Curtis Miramichi River Outfitting in Blackville said reports were very few as there were hardly anyone fishing. One angler did catch two grilse and saw several more early this week. The water had raised some, but was dropping quickly. However, the temperature was good.

Flies of choice were small dark flies and Bombers.

Jim Laws of Miramichi Hunting and Fishing in Newcastle, Miramichi reported a slight improvement early this week with fish moving after a bit of rain and cooler temperatures. But by Wednesday the warmer days were back. The saving grace was cooler nights.

Flies of choice were Bombers, White-tailed Green Machines and a few Ally’s Shrimps.

Syd Matchett of Trout Brook Fly Shop on the Northwest Miramichi said angling was not bad on the weekend and early this week. One angler limited out, while Gordon Day landed a salmon and two grilse. The northwest had come up close to two feet, but was dropping in the upper stretches, although holding its height better in the lower section.

Flies of choice were White Bombers with orange hackle and white-tailed Green Machines on no. 6 hooks.

Debbie Norton of Upper Oxbow Outdoor Adventures on the Little Southwest Miramichi said water levels had come up about a foot on her river, but were dropping back quickly. There were 14 participants at her place as part of the annual “Soldier On” program (much like the Wounded Warrior Program in the USA) where those in attendance (males & females) were treated to fishing and fly-tying. About half were successful at landing fish.

Flies of choice were some strange looking patterns that the crew had tied themselves in a variety of sizes, shapes and colours.

Several others fishing the Little Southwest also had luck with a lady catching a salmon, a gentleman a grilse and another angler landing three and a good pull to boot.

So, with cool night temps (a few in the single digit territory) some unsettled weather and the re-opening of the cold-water pools, it is time to get out and “on the water”.

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The Coalition for Better Salmon Management (CBSM) now has a website at salmonnb.com, which has been expanded and updated. It already has a membership over 1,000 and is a major voice for salmon conservation here in New Brunswick.


Atlantic Salmon Federation News
Thurs., Aug. 3, 2017

ASF RIVERNOTES has the latest mid-season returns plus changes in rules
The end of July is a good time to assess the runs so far – plus warm water closures are in effect in some areas.

DFO Needs to Act For Newfoundland Salmon
ASF is calling on the federal government to take action to protect the runs of wild Atlantic salmon in Newfoundland and southern Labrador in the face of low returns in 2017.

ASF’S Don Ivany Explains Why there is an Urgent Need to Protect Salmon

Could NB’s Salmon Retention Ban be Headed for The Rock?

ASF’s Don Ivany Argues Each Fish Counts in Newfoundland
ASF’s Don Ivany share his perspective on DFO’s pending decision on whether to suspend the recreational harvest in the face of low returns.

Enforcement Beefed Up in Northern New Brunswick
There is good news on increased enforcement on Atlantic salmon rivers in the Restigouche watershed system.

No Charges to be Laid for PEI Fish Kill
Fish kills due to chemical runoff in Prince Edward Island continue to be a major issue. Check out the latest.

A Member of ASF’s Research Staff Moves On
One of ASF’s biologists is moving to an Ontario university to take on Arctic biomonitoring

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”.

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

Until next week

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