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Nova Scotia Has Its Salmon Angling Season


Enquiries this morning brought word that Nova Scotia’s Salmon Angling Season was being opened tomorrow, Friday, June 8, 2012.

That was the great news. However those travelling to rivers opened in Cape Breton should check Natural Resources offices or other locations for license availability. The licenses were being couriered to locations beginning Wednesday afternoon.

Big Intervale in the Mist of Margaree

Whycocomagh Natural Resources Office DOES have them in, as of noon, on Thursday, as does Paula LeBlanc at Sears at Margaree Forks, and Fletcher Ingraham’s Store at Cranton Bridge in the Margaree Valley.

The two page Summary of the NS Salmon Angling Seasons can be downloaded here.

Water levels in Cape Breton rivers have been low lately, so more water is definitely needed for the Margaree. On the Margaree, the level is running about 20 cm. below the same time last year. The Cheticamp had been extremely low, but a good rainfall Wednesday night brought a rapid rise.


Unlike Nova Scotia, Newfoundland’s season DID start on June 1, but at least in western Newfoundland, water levels were low on the first weekend.

In Flight – Feel the Rush – photo Tom Moffatt

Don Ivany, ASF’s Regional Director of Newfoundland and Labrador programs noted that a first day trip to Southwest Brook brought few fish to sight. Other fishermen had similar experiences, with few salmon to be seen. One of Don’s companions did land and release two grilse.

Other reports from rivers in the Bay St. George area were just as dismal and reports from SPAWN’s website indicate similar conditions in other island rivers.

The key to getting a better picture of the season will be the runs after the first really big amount of rain.

Want to check the Newfoundland Anglers Guide for 2012? Click here.


Numbers of salmon coming in to the Veazie trap dropped this past week, giving a season total as of June 6 of 434 salmon, dropping this year’s run to fourth largest, and well behind last year’s total to June 6, 2011 of 784.

This is an exciting weekend in Maine, leading up to Monday’s breaching of the Great Works Dam, with U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar on hand.

Veazie Salmon Returns – Penobscot – June 6, 2012


The overall somewhat rainy and cool weather is great for Atlantic salmon but overall salmon sightings have been a bit slow yet, with the run yet to build up. Despite the overall drizzly conditions, water levels could use a boost with a few days of good solid rain.

The first barrier counts are out on the Miramichi system, with eight fish at the Dungarvon Barrier. Still none reported at the NW Miramichi Barrier.

In the Restigouche system, the log book for Larry’s Gulch is this year ahead of last year’s which is a nice omen.

Nova Scotia Has Its Salmon Angling Season

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