It is the time for Autumn fish, and Greg Lovely has shared the nice Margaree example above, released within the past week. The passage of the seasons and the seasons of the Atlantic salmon are intertwined and inseperable, they way it should be.
There are some special, wild corners of the Atlantic salmon world from which we only rarely get reports.
One of these is the rivers of Ungava Bay. Along the northern coast of Quebec, these are the most northerly salmon rivers in North America. The salmon may take seven years to go to sea, so tough are the conditions. But days on rivers like the George or the Leaf can be exquisite memories. These Atlantic salmon runs are so far from others that they have their own issues, strengths and weaknesses.
Peter May of Pyramid Mountain Camp on the George River sent in a report on Wed. Sept. 7 on how the salmon runs have been:
The salmon run came in early in 2016 with the first fish arriving at camp at the end of July. These runs have continued up to this week with mixed sized fish coming in. Grilse averaged 5 to 7 lbs and 2-sea-year salmon around 12 to 15 lbs with some larger fish in the 20 lb range.
Water temperature was lower that average with temps reaching 17 C in mid-July and then dropping in August to an average of around 12 C. Also water levels remain fairly high but this does not usually present a problem as the George River is very large with a tremendous amount of water flowing even at the low level.
During the week of August 24 to 31 five angler hooked and released 59 salmon with some fish in the 20 lb range. A lot of fish were seen daily migrating upstream along the shoreline.
All in all, 2016 runs are greater than others in recent years, and it was one of the best seasons in 30+ years
Atlantic salmon released on the George River this year. Photo Peter May
DFO has updated counts to Sept. 4.English River
has had 613 grilse and 189 large salmon, compared with 707 grilse and 255 large salmon in 2015.Sand Hill River
had 1,085 grilse and 965 large salmon, vs 2,580 grilse and 1,093 large salmon in 2015 to the same Sept. 4 date.Muddy Bay Brook
had 239 grilse and 18 large salmon to Sept. 4, compared with 556 grilse and 45 large salmon in 2015.Paradise River
had 74 grilse and 31 large salmon in 2016 to Sept. 4, vs. 305 grilse and 58 large salmon in 2015.
The updates to Sept. 4 show the continued trend of numbers in 2016.
With most rivers now closed, one might call it a season generally with either an overabundance of water or a lack of it for salmon anglers. For the Atlantic salmon, certainly concerns on the South Coast, and perhaps a tad of disappointment. As to Rocky River, with its new fishway, one hopes there is not some problem impinging on the success of the run, with only 195 to Sept. 4.Nova ScotiaGreg Lovely
has some interesting notes on the Margaree.
We are back to low water conditions on the Margaree River.A few friends up for the last week,and they left happy, catching a few fish and enjoying this beautiful valley.The Fall Run has begun,with some BRONZE beauties entering the river.
- DFO has greatly extended the striped bass fishery in the Miramichi - a great idea considering the population explosion that has taken place in striped bass, and their impact on smolt in the late spring. Check out the story here
A feature this week, and a great video to share. Howard Gould connected with a VERY large Atlantic salmon on the Northwest Miramichi, and is sharing a gorgeous video of the leap - and the surprising final view of the salmon. Paul P. Elson recorded the video at 240 frames per second, and it is replayed at 30 frames per second to savour the leap.
The salmon weighed approximately 12 kg.