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River Updates and 2015 ASF “In the Water” Live Release Contest

Live Release is the “in” word of the year. Due to a need to preserve the runs, it is in 2015 the rule along all the open salmon rivers in New Brunswick, PEI and Nova Scotia. This provides extra opportunities for you with ASF’s new 2015 “IN THE WATER” LIVE RELEASE CONTEST.

2015 Live Release Contest.

2015 Live Release Contest.

Click on the poster above for a larger version, to read all the details. The three images featured were the top entries for last autumn’s contest. There were nearly a hundred last fall, and we look forward to seeing more this year.

Remember to review your live release techniques to see those Atlantic salmon safely back on their way upstream to spawning grounds. You can view the video produced by ASF and FQSA by clicking here.

Quebec

Causapscal

Causapscal Release

Jim Lawley prepares to release a 20 lb. salmon on May 31 in the Bateau Pool, Causapscal River. Photo Charles Cusson/ASF

Many Quebec rivers do not open until June 15 and others July 1, but the Causapscal is seeing its usual early run of large salmon. Jim Lawley, ASF (Canada) board member, released a 20 lb. and 12 lb. salmon in the space of two hours this past Sunday, fishing with CGRMP (Corporation de gestions des rivières Matapédia et Patapédia) guide Yves Leblanc who has guided the Causapscal for 22 years now. The Causapscal has a reputation for ruggedness, and usually requires a steep climb down to the river – and back up to the road at the end of the day.

Newfoundland

Good and bad NL tags

Good and bad NL tags

It is disconcerting to begin the season with a government announcement that a portion of the salmon tags sold to anglers do not work correctly. This raises all kinds of questions, but for details, click here.

In western Newfoundland the season started well, despite some predictions for a late season. In Crabbe’s there was one report of hooking eight fish. Another account noted seeing fish in the lower Crabbe’s at the Trans-Canada Highway Bridge and at Middle Barachois.

Another report of releasing a 7 lb and a 12 lb salmon on the Grand Codroy, which is certainly nice to see. But others on the river at the same time were not having any success.

Generally the Bay St. George rivers have been high, but are falling quickly. All very fishable, and pools should be better defined in the next few weeks.

Nova Scotia

Margaree – Reports that four grilse were brought in and released since June 1, and as of today water levels are good for angling. In the Cheticamp water levels are good, and the salmon seem to be coming in on time. there are reports two fish were angled and released last week.

Lewis Hinks notes that with these reports, there is a cautious optimism so far this year – but it remains very early in the season.

Pool on the Cheticamp River in Cape Breton, early June. Photo Lewis Hinks/ASF

Pool on the Cheticamp River in Cape Breton, early June. Photo Lewis Hinks/ASF

New Brunswick

One can tell that it is still a bit early for bright fish by the focus on the striped bass tournament, and the focus on trout in reports. Still, there has been a report of a 12 lb. bright salmon released in the Doaktown area.

Fishermen out for striped bass on Sat., May 30.

Fishermen out for striped bass on Sat., May 30. Photo Nathan Wilbur/ASF

Striped bass spawning in the Miramichi on Saturday. Photo Nathan Wilbur/ASF

Striped bass spawning in the Miramichi on Saturday. Photo Nathan Wilbur/ASF

Any report would be remiss if it did not mention the one-day fly fishing event for high school students, called the “Fly Fishing Olympics” at the MSA’s centre. Activities included fly casting, fly tying, knot tying, plus a live release video demonstration by ASF’s Nathan Wilbur. It also included an underwater robotics demonstration, plus Miramichi fishing story-telling. Definitely covers the science and heritage of New Brunswick salmon.

Vince Swazey, a gifted speaker as well as salmon conservationist, speaks to students at the "Fly Fishing Olympics" held Fri., May 29.

Vince Swazey, a gifted speaker as well as salmon conservationist, speaks to students at the “Fly Fishing Olympics” held Fri., May 29. Photo Nathan Wilbur/ASF

 

How well will the Cains River do in 2015? Last year there were numerous reports of many returns, including some late in the autumn, to the Cains. Photo Nathan Wilbur/ASF

How well will the Cains River do in 2015? Last year there were numerous reports of many returns, including some late in the autumn, to the Cains. Photo Nathan Wilbur/ASF

Restigouche – There are just a few reports of salmon. Giles Nadeau at the Restigouche Salmon Club noted one large salmon had been spotted last week upstream.

Charles Cusson, ASF's Director for Quebec Programs, talked to guides on Saturday at the RRWMC's Matapedia Guide Night. Photo Nathan Wilbur/ASF

Charles Cusson, ASF’s Director for Quebec Programs, talked to guides on Saturday at the RRWMC’s Matapedia Guide Night. Photo Nathan Wilbur/ASF

Maine

Penobscot

This year’s return of 101 Atlantic salmon to Tues., June 2 is a major improvement over returns of the past few years, and offers some space for optimism this year. Certainly it does not compare favorably with the better returns of 2008 to 2012, but still is a positive sign.

Penobscot Catch Summary to Tues., June 2, 2015.

Penobscot Catch Summary to Tues., June 2, 2015.

Kennebec – As of May 31, seven salmon had reached Lockwood Dam on the Kennebec.

River Updates and 2015 ASF “In the Water” Live Release Contest

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