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Salmon Begin Returning to Rivers

Reports are coming in of adult Atlantic salmon returning to rivers, and in Newfoundland the excitement is building with the season beginning June 1 – just a couple of days away.

With that in mind, it is worth adding a bit of convenience to the RIVERNOTES Blog by providing links to the various Atlantic salmon regulations online. So here goes.

Angler Guides

NL Angling Guide

NL Angling Guide

Newfoundland and Labrador’s Angler Guide has to deal with many different zones and even more rivers.

http://www.nfl.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/NL/AG/anglersguide

To help the reader, there is a second pdf available from this page that is made up of two pages of maps of Newfoundland and Labrador with an index of the rivers in each of the zones. Worth having the map to study, and maps always add a sense of special excitement to planning.

NB Fishing Guide

NB Fishing Guide

New Brunswick’s Angling Guide is directly downloadable with the link below.

http://www2.gnb.ca/content/dam/gnb/Departments/nr-rn/pdf/en/Fish/Fish.pdf

Nova Scotia Angling Guide

Nova Scotia Angling Guide

Nova Scotia’s Angling Guide is available from this page:

http://www.gov.ns.ca/fish/sportfishing/angling/2013angregs.shtm

Of particular significance this year is the new prohibition against having live fish in an angler’s possession – the idea being to reduce the potential illegal introductions of species like smallmouth bass into Atlantic salmon areas.

Québec’s Angling Regulations are available online, as are maps of rivers, zones. etc. Go to:

http://www.mrn.gouv.qc.ca/english/publications/online/wildlife/fishing-regulations/index.asp

A direct link to the Québec rivers map – the map is a bit fuzzy but is readable  click here.

REPORTS FROM THE RIVERS

Québec – On the Causapscal, the first salmon of 2013 were hooked on May 22. But since then the extended period of rain meant anglers have had to wait for river levels to subside, which they are now doing. There should be more information by next week.

Maine – The Penobscot experienced extremely high flows (60,000 cubic feet per second) and this has reduced the arrival of Atlantic salmon at the Veazie trap. So far only 45 have made it in, but it is early days. Last year the salmon arrived early – and then stopped coming. Hopefully this year will give far higher numbers. Check out the graph below for more information.

Veazie Count May 29, 2013

Veazie Count May 29, 2013

New Brunswick – It is a waiting game on the Miramichi; waiting for the water levels to drop, and they may be down sufficiently by this weekend. Below is a graph of water levels at Blackville, which tells the story.

Blackville May 30, 2013

Blackville May 30, 2013

Angling conditions should be vastly improved by next week.

 

Salmon Begin Returning to Rivers