In 2013 anglers have been noting a greater number of wounds inflicted on Atlantic salmon by seals. This has been especially true in the rivers of Gaspe and those of the Quebec North Shore.
We would like to hear from anglers if they have noticed wounds inflicted by seals this year.
There is a page on the ASF website where there are a few more examples of such wounds. To view the page, click here.
A Treasure Trove of Salmon Data
Salmon camps have a gold mine of data, some of it going back a half century or more. Below is the most recent, June 2013 numbers of salmon angled on the Grand Cascapedia – as well as the numbers for several previous years. Interesting comparisons can be made.
Other Rivernotes Information on Quebec Rivers This Week
During the period of July 1 to 5 2013 and the river flowing at 43 cubic meters per second, anglers landed 75 fish (including 8 releases). The reported numbers to date for the season are 440 fish landed (including 40 releases). The long range forecast (14 days) is calling for seasonal temperatures but not much rain.
For the same five day period in 2012, the river was flowing at 43 cubic meters per second and anglers had landed 85 fish (including 11 releases). The total reported numbers to date in 2012 were 307 fish landed (including 34 releases).
Into the period of July 1 to 5 2013, anglers have landed 10 fish (no reported releases). The reported numbers to date for the season are 153 fish landed (including 20 releases).
For the same period in July 2012, 12 fish had been landed (no reported releases). The total reported numbers to date in 2012 were 113 fish landed (including 15 releases).
ASF supporter George Spector of Airmont NY, fished sector two of the river on June 26,27 and 28. Water levels were perfect during that time which translated into eight salmon hooked, landed six and released the same number.
For the period of 2007-2011 the river recorded an average of 234% of minimum spawning requirements. This is a statistic that the CGRMP is proud of, considering that in 1984 only 64% was reached and has surpassed the minimum spawning requirements (1,650 million eggs) every year since 1994 in varying degrees from a low of 145% in 2007 and the record 399% in 2011.
The FQSA (Fédération québécoise pour le saumon atlantique) was made aware of a land use incident on the Matane River which does not respect current provincial regulations in regards to forestry buffer zones on a salmon river. The area directly affected is the Métropole pool, one the most productive in the watershed. This type of blatant disregard for land use regulations especially with a buffer zone will cause serious erosion and sedimentation problems going forward. A formal cease and desist complaint (and the implementation of mitigating actions to minimize the near future threats) has been submitted to the municipality of St-René-de-Matane as well as the appropriate provincial government departments.
The Atlantic salmon of the Matane River deserve better, it is the duty of the many stakeholders to take the steps needed to ensure the protection of the resource and its habitat.
On the brighter side of things, As of July 4, 452 fish (432 salmon and 20 grilse) had migrated though the counting facility. Also to date, 86 fish were reported (75 salmon and 11 grilse).
As of July 4 2012, 633 fish (484 salmon and 18 grilse) had been counted. As of July 4 2012, 135 fish (95 salmon and 35 grilse) including four salmon released.
Reminder for all anglers in Québec:
Please register your releases. This data is very important in the calculation of the success rate of rivers, and the number of unreported releases is a concern for all river management groups. The number of reported releases has risen considerably since 1997 when only a few hundred were registered in comparison to 8,420 in 2012. The accuracy of these figures will be even more important in future in determining the number of salmon successfully moving up rivers.
Miramichi -There is encouraging news from the counting fences of the Miramichi this week. See graphs below:
The numbers are encouraging, but with water temperatures rising, we will likely have reduced movement upriver for a while.
One account from last week of angling on the Little Southwest Miramichi and the Sevogle:
Three days of fishing, angling on the Little Southwest Miramichi twice, and the narrows of the South Branch of the Sevogle once, of the four women, everyone hooked a fish. Lots of action, could see them moving as the water surface swirled, The water level was dropping on Wednesday, and kept getting lower, and with the water heating up, no action. On the Sevogle used dry flies, green machine and shady lady. One salmon was landed, 13 lb. and nicely released. All the salmon seen were still bright.
LaHave – Morgan Falls Fishway – As of July 10 the LaHave is doing very well, with 99 large atlantic salmon and 57 grilse, with a combined total of 156. In 2012, as of July 15 there were 27 large salmon and 18 grilse, making a total of 45. Thus the 2013 run so far is about 3 1/2 times that of the dismal 2012 returns.
Overall, the talk is of slow action and falling water levels. Temperatures also rising.
Conne – It is now official from DFO that after the mid-season assessment just past, the Conne will remain closed for the rest of 2013.
Penobscot – Things continue at a dismal level, with only 364 counted at Veazie Dam as of July 11. This return of 364 ties for low point with the year 1983 for the smallest return of Atlantic salmon since 1978. River temperatures have been rising, reaching 23 C to 25 C. The Veazie Trap will only be tended to July 14.
In other Maine rivers, the Narraguagus has seen a return of 16 salmon this year to July 9. Last year, we noted it had seen 15 salmon as of July 16.
There have been two each to the Kennebec and Androscoggin, and one each to the Saco and Union. Last year we noted the Kennebec had five, and the Saco 12, by July 16.