Beer and Releasing Atlantic Salmon – they go together

Really,  beer and salmon do go together – at least for a few days in New Brunswick. And to add to things, the “Time of Day” rule is changed back on the Miramichi. (see further down).

The Atlantic Salmon Conservation Foundation has made an arrangement with Picaroons to create a special brew to be available in NB Liquor stores starting Aug. 27.

UPSTREAM ALE by Picaroons

Love the bold label celebrating Atlantic salmon, and it boosts the awareness of Atlantic salmon in what has been a tough year so far for the species.

New Brunswick

With the shift in weather the temperatures are just beginning to drop, although most rivers could still use considerably more rain. Stories still abound of Atlantic salmon being seen in estuaries such as those of the Miramichi.

Note that DFO, as of Saturday, will modify the “Time of Day” Rule on the Miramichi

Aug. 23 – DFO announces that angling for all species on the Miramichi River system will reopen every day two hours before sunrise until two afters after sunset as prescribed in the Maritimes Provinces Fisheries regulations, starting Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012.

Pools and areas previously closed  to angling will remain closed for all species during the entire day.

Please refer to Gulf Variation Order 2012-068 for further details. For the Fishery Closures/Variation Orders Registry, click here

NW Miramichi – The table below shows that this branch of the Miramichi is seeing a few grilse moving up, with the water temperatures lowering slightly, to below 20 C.

North West Miramichi Barrier Count

Jacquet River – A single large rainfall.

Jacquet River – The river received a major downpour this week, which sent the river flows skyrocketing, and quite a number of observers commented on seeing Atlantic salmon that came in with the water. At the Jacquet River barrier they did have six grilse come through on Sunday.

Restigouche – The rain this week was a good “starter rain”, and levels went up, but right back down again. The fishing has been somewhat slow. Overall fishing is principally on the main Restigouche River. Cooler nights are helping but, major rain is still needed. Despite this, the fish that are showing up appear to be healthy.

Magaguadavic River – The total return for the year so far is one Atlantic salmon.


Gaspésie Region

Grand Cascapedia – This past week rain graced the Cascapedia watershed for a few days and the river reacted with a flow increase to 56.9 cubic meters/second, with a spike to 70. Quite a change from 20 cubic meters/second.   “We are up to 208 for the month, 83 fish for the week ending Aug 18, which isn’t bad at all considering the conditions anglers have had to contend with lately” reports Darlene Sexton of the Cascapedia Society.

Madeleine River – A new addition to river notes, this river was made famous by the late Wilfred Carter who designed the fishway which is the longest of its type in the world.  To August 15, 641 salmon and 320 grilse had entered the river.  The ZEC Rivière Madeleine is reporting a total of 77 fish being landed.  Consisting of 41 salmon released, 10 salmon retained and 26 grilse retained.

Bonaventure River

Bonaventure – For the season to August 21, 890 fish had been landed (627 salmon released and 263 grilse retained).  Angling success improved immediately after the recent rainfall but has since dropped off due to a drop in water levels over the past week.

Matane – To August 21, a total of 1,987 fish (982 salmon and 1,005 grilse) had migrated through and 654 fish (282 salmon and 372 grilse) were reported landed.  No reported releases as of yet.

Lower St-Lawrence Region

Matapedia – To August 24, for the season that started on June 1, the CGRMP reported that 724 fish had been landed. A total of 669 salmon and grilse were retained, with 55 reported releases.

Mitis – To August 21, 918 fish had entered the river, 560 salmon and 358 grilse.  For the season, the Mitis Zec reports that 254 fish had been landed (131 salmon and 123 grilse) with 16 reported releases.

Radio-Canada is reporting the beginnings of a Dydimo outbreak on most eastern Quebec rivers.

The low water levels and intense heat seems to have slowed a proliferation of this invasive plant species.  According to Carole-Anne Gillis, Senior Biologist at Confluence Aquatic Ecosystems, states “Sooner or later, from the Bonaventure River to the Kedgewick just south of Rimouski, most of the eastern Quebec rivers will have an outbreak”.  Gillis, who is preparing her Doctorate thesis about this plant, also states “The Bonaventure river is at risk of having a bloom into the Fall as well as the Matapedia (and its tributaries) and the Mitis.

Now more than ever, it is important for anglers to do their part to minimize cross contamination.  Cleaning of equipment between angling on different rivers is very important.

Rimouski – As of August 14, 365 fish had been trapped for transportation upstream (175 salmon and 190 grilse).  Angling has also been slow due to low water. For the same period, 95 fish had been landed (27 salmon released and 68 grilse retained).

Quebec North Shore

North shore rivers have not been immune to the low water conditions.

Godbout River – To August 19,  for the entire river, 78 salmon and 29 grilse were released in addition to 19 grilse retained for a total of 201.  Angling on the ZEC sector of the Godbout ended on August 15.  To date, 741 fish have been counted entering the system consisting of 566 salmon and 175 grilse.

Trinité River – As of August 19, 517 fish migrated through the counting facility, 283 salmon and 234 grilse.  Keeping in mind challenging angling conditions, a total of 99 fish have been landed to date consisting of 45 released (44 salmon, 1 grilse) and 57 grilse retained.

Aux Rochers River – 879 fish entered the trap for transportation up river as of August 19, 790 salmon and 89 grilse.  220 salmon and 4 grilse have been released to date in addition to  39 salmon and 27 grilse retained for a total of 290 fish landed.

Vieux Fort (Old Fort) River – To August 19, 866 fish migrated through (811 salmon and 55 grilse).  Angling results are as follows: 6 salmon and 275 grilse were released with 1 salmon and 47 grilse retained.

Newfoundland and Labrador

Exploits – The exploits finally passed the 30,000 milestone this year, but it remains more than 10,000 short of the 40,962 to Aug. 19 last year.

Some parts of Newfoundland, especially in the west, received significant rainfall, and many of the rivers have been reopened. Check with DFO at 709-772-4423, or visit SPAWN’S site page devoted to openings and closures.

On the Salmon River near the tip of the Northern Peninsula, Barb Genge of Tuckamore Lodge notes this river has received a considerable increase in angling pressure this year, since so many other important rivers, including the Torrent, have been closed.

Torrent River – Interesting to look at the flow and temperature graphs for this river in recent days.

Torrent River – Flow and Temperature. Still warm, even now.

In Labrador, some rain here and there has helped, and some parties have reported excellent fishing, but the water levels and angling success is variable.

Nova Scotia

The same low water has meant continued poor angling conditions in the Maragaree, and the Cheticamp remains closed.


Penobscot – No Atlantic salmon have passed through the Veazie Counting facility in the past month.

Penobscot Opens Up at Former Great Works Dam – Aug. 14 image, looking downstream through what had previously been the dam. Demolition and removal continues.

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