ASF Salmometer and Live Release

salmometer2-2You have asked for it, and now it is available again. ASF’s salmometer has been in demand for years, as a tool for effective live release that really works. Back in the 1980s, ASF gathered measurements scientifically of Atlantic salmon from several diverse salmon rivers and combined them into a table of lengths and weights.

As soon as it was printed anglers wanted one to help them determine the weight of their fish while being able to minimize handling, and to help the salmon recover quickly and be released successfully.

Now we have the latest plasticized, printed 3 in. x 5 in. salmometers that will fit in any pocket, and won’t turn to a ball of wet pulp after a day on the water. The scale, as in the past two printings has both English and French texts, and both inch/pound and centimetre/kilogram tables.

If you would like one mailed to you, email your request with a full mailing address and we will send one out to you. If you are asking for a group, please contact ASF’s Directors of Regional Programs in each of the regions with details. Quebec | New Brunswick | Nova Scotia | Newfoundland | Maine .

On Sept. 9 Tom Harkness brings in a 15 lb salmon at Deer Landing on the Bonaventure River.

On Sept. 9 Tom Harkness brought in a 15 lb salmon at Deer Landing on the Bonaventure River, and released it to continue its journey uptstream to spawning beds.

Remember to check out ASF’s Live Release Video, which now has had more than 22,000 views since being released earlier this year. It is just a beautiful video to watch, and will help improve your live release techniques as well.

River Notes

Nova Scotia

Tropical Storm Gabrielle will likely fill the Northumberland Strait and Cape Breton salmon rivers, before heading for western Newfoundland.

Tropical Storm Gabrielle will likely fill the Northumberland Strait and Cape Breton salmon rivers, before heading for western Newfoundland.

Northumberland Strait Rivers – A great announcement is coming our way that the salmon will be coming into these rivers, and its name is Tropical Storm Gabrielle. Prepare for some rain this weekend, and after that is over, there should be a major rush of Atlantic salmon up these rivers. It is just what they like in mid-September, although with the higher than normal water, there already have been plenty of Atlantic salmon seen in rivers like the Philip.

As someone said about these terrific salmon of the Northumberland Strait rivers, “I don’t know how those big bruisers make it up those little streams.” The point is these salmon always seem to get the extra water they need to make it up all the small rivers in northern mainland Nova Scotia.

Morgan Falls Counts - Large Salmon. Numbers show considerable improvement over last year.

Morgan Falls Counts – Large Salmon. Numbers show considerable improvement over last year.

LaHave – The Morgan Falls Fishway has had  one more large salmon this past week bringing the total to 105 salmon and 74 grilse. This is approximately 3 1/2 times last year’s tally but still is a fraction of what the runs were in the 1990s and before. The LaHave normally does not see much of a run in Sept. and Oct. so those numbers are likely close to a final tally.

Margaree – Good water, and fish in the river. A far better year than last. Anglers are hooking up with fish, especially as the water temperatures dropping. With the extra rain to come with Gabrielle it should make a good season even better once the clouds pass by.

Newfoundland

This photo, taken by Keith Piercey Sept. 7 on the Little Barachois in the Baie St. George area, the last day of the regular season, says a lot about why salmon anglers are passionate about their rivers, and the Atlantic salmon.

This photo, taken by Keith Piercey Sept. 7 on the Little Barachois in the Baie St-George area, the last day of the regular season, says a lot about why salmon anglers are passionate about their rivers, and the Atlantic salmon.

Only the lower sections of the Humber, Exploits and Gander are now open on the island and will close on Oct. 7.

Water levels have remained high on most rivers during the past couple of weeks.  Water temperatures dropped during the last week of the season and angler success improved according to most reports.

SAEN President, Scott Nightingale, and his fishing partner fished several rivers on the Northern Peninsula during the last week of August provided the following report:

“Fished Castor’s only two days. Caught one there. Left and went to Rose’s Brook on east side of the peninsula based on warden’s advice. No fish. Did get one at Beaver Brook nearby but then left and stayed at Portland Creek for three days. Caught one more there. I was really taken by the numbers of large fish. Very disproportionate to small fish. Some were in excess of 20 – 25 lbs. I was in heaven just being in among them.

One very very large fish that I had seen in same place over three days jumped on my line and splashed me in the face. Pretty good just being in their presence. Anyway although water conditions were good and temps were OK there were not many caught.”

Atlantic salmon leaping at Humber Falls - possibly the best location in North America to watch the salmon fly through the air.

Atlantic salmon leaping at Humber Falls – possibly the best location in North America to watch the salmon fly through the air.

Humber – There have been reports of decent fishing near Humber Falls. Downstream, well know Lower Humber angler Clar Wareham, released a 43 inch fish (about 28 lb) at Ledingham Shoals last week and Richard Warren released a 41 inch fish (about 26 lb) also at Ledingham Shoals.

Central Newfoundland was hit by a record rainfalls during the Labor Day week-end (they received more rain than fell during hurricane Igor a few years ago on the Avalon peninsula) and as a result all rivers in that area are now in flood condition and all angling has ceased as a result.

Labrador

On the Hunt River this summer Joanne Ryan brought in and released her very first Atlantic salmon - a 27 pounder, an amazing salmon.

On the Hunt River this summer Joanne Ryan brought in and released her very first Atlantic salmon – a 27 pounder, an amazing salmon.

The Atlantic salmon season in Labrador continues until Sept. 15, and while salmon angling conditions have included extended periods of lower water, there have been many accounts of better numbers this year.

Guests at the Flowers River Lodge in Labrador continue to have superb fishing with many large fish being caught daily.  This year will go down as perhaps the best year ever on Flowers River.  Interestingly, this river is all catch and release only which is largely why returns continue to improve on this river year after year.

New Brunswick

The water is up, and may rise even further with Tropical Storm Gabrielle this weekend. But that is just what is needed to set up a good fall run of Atlantic salmon, so here is hoping.

Northwest Miramichi – The Barrier Fence saw four large salmon and ten grilse this past week making it 377 large salmon and 166 grilse to Sept. 8 this year, whereas last year there were 281 large salmon and 153 grilse. As with so many other areas, there is a very nice increase in large salmon returns, but only a small increase in grilse above the very low numbers seen in 2012.

Debbie Norton of Upper Oxbow Adventures notes:

“We had good fishing on the Little Southwest Miramichi on the weekend. We were seeing dark salmon with hook bills, which sounds like the very beginning of our Fall Run. On other tributaries we were seeing several salmon but they were not rising to the hook”

Southwest Miramichi – If the Northwest showed an increase in large salmon, so too did the Southwest Miramichi, with the Dungarvon barrier counting 228 large salmon to Sept. 8 vs. 107 in 2012, and 196 grilse this year compared with 134 in 2012. Now with more rain bearing down, it will be interesting to see how intense the fall run is.

The graph below is worth an extra glance. It is of large salmon, with the lime green bars being the counts to the end of August, while the brown bars are the end of season. For the Dungarvon Barrier, the numbers to the end of last month are actually the highest since before 1999, which can be seen in a positive light. It remains to be seen how the end of season numbers will compare.

Large Salmon Returns to the end of August at the Dungarvon Barrier on the Southwest Miramichi.

Large Salmon Returns to the end of August at the Dungarvon Barrier on the Southwest Miramichi.

Restigouche – Most of the camps are now closed and the water levels low. For the Atlantic salmon it was an average year but low for grilse, although it will be interesting to see what the Sept. 15 Upsalquitch count says.

Quebec

Cascapedia – Charles Cusson, ASF’s Director of Programs for Quebec notes that counts of Atlantic salmon made up and down the Grand Cascapedia River system in late August tallied 2,910 large salmon and 92 grilse, more or less.

The numbers brought in and those released for the past two years are listed below.

Cascapedia Returns for August in 2013 and 2012

Cascapedia Returns for August in 2013 and 2012

 

Maine

The higher water levels are holding back the dismantling of the Veazie Dam after great progress was made during the summer months.

A view on Sept. 5 of the water roaring over the remains of the Veazie Dam which is being dismantled as part of the Penobscot River Restoration Project.

A view on Sept. 5 of the water roaring over the remains of the Veazie Dam which is being dismantled as part of the Penobscot River Restoration Project.

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One Response to ASF Salmometer and Live Release

  1. ward samson says:

    Hello:
    This year I had to release 7 salmon, which were over 63 cent. I never measured the salmon released, but three were will over 10 lb, but I have only filled two tags as most of the salmon I caught was well above 63 centimeters..very few smaller salmon caught on Salmon River.

    ward samson

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