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Spring Salmon used to be called Black salmon

Spring time Atlantic salmon fishing on the Miramichi River during the early years was referred to as “Black Salmon Fishing” . This picture of fish taken during that era clearly shows the fish with very dark colored sides and more slinky in appearance . As you can see from previous pics of fish landed this year they are much more silver now . This is more typical of our “Spring Salmon” of this decade . Why is this ? Are the fall fish coming in later, is there less time of heavy ice cover in the river these days , is the river water cleaner now ? For example during the earlier years it was common practice to store the logs along the river and feeder stream banks all winter then float (“Drive”) the logs down the river to the lumber mills at the mouth of the Miramichi . Maybe all the logs in the water all winter caused the river water to be stained or something . Just a question , not necessarily my theory on the subject but for some reason our “Spring Salmon” are in general much better shape now .


  1. Brad Burns says:

    The older guides I’ve met on the river tell me that the black salmon fishing used to last much longer into May than it does now. Willy Bacso used to tell me that the second week in May was prime time. That is pretty late timing now from what I can see. I believe that the fish turn silver for their return to the sea, and if that is earlier it may very well be due to the water warming earlier. I have no idea if that is correct or not, but it seems like a logical explanation.

  2. Norm DeMerchant says:

    Hi Keith,

    I was fishing down at the Duff Pond on the first weekend of the season and caught 1 salmon and 2 grisle. When I removed the fish from the net to release them they were covered in small leaches and many of them fell into the boat. Have you seen this before? Is it common? First time I ever saw it.


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