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Pickerel Fishing at French Lake 2011

My best pickerel of the day.

My best pickerel of the day.

James, Casey, and I went to French Lake on Friday afternoon to do some pickerel fishing.  We arrived around 2 pm and fished until dark.  As soon as we put the boat in the water the wind was blowing very hard.  We knew this was going to affect the fishing but there was nothing we could do about it.  We just tried to find areas that were protected from the wind as much as possible.

We made our way up the main channel and found some weeds and lily pads.  We fished this area for a bit with no luck.  It was hard to fish because it was so windy.  We decided to go up farther and over to the left as it looked protected from the wind.  There were lots of weeds so we started fishing.  I caught the first pickerel of the day.  It was just small but it was a start.  Casey keeps track of our catches during the day for the fun of it.  At least I could say I was on the board.

We continued to make our way around the lake and tried different protected areas.  We each used different baits but all three of us used the red senko the most as it, once again, proved to be the most successful throughout the day.  James and I had a close race throughout the day with him keeping at least a couple of fish in front of me.  Casey caught a good sized perch fairly early but was having trouble hooking into a pickerel.

We were able to find a handful of little inlets off the main channel that were fairly well protected from the wind.  This is where we had the most luck.  As it started getting a little later in the day we started hooking into some bigger fish.  I caught my biggest pickerel on a red senko around this time.  It was also around this time that Casey was using the red senko again and he started hooking into some pickerel.  The first two he caught were also the two biggest fish of the day so far.  We were hoping as it got past 7pm that the wind would die down as it usually does as the sun gets lower in the sky but this did not happen.  It stayed windy right until we got off the water.

Casey's best of the day.

Casey's best of the day.

As it started to get close to dark James caught his best fish of the day.  Casey and James each caught a pickerel that measured right around, if not, a little longer than 22 inches.  My best was around 20 inches.

James' best of the day.

James' best of the day.

Our tally for the end of the day was James: 15 pickerel, me: 10 pickerel, and Casey 8 pickerel and 1 perch.  It was the first day of the season that all three of us got out fishing together.  We had a great day on the water.

For those of you wondering, the water level is still at least 2 feet higher than normal but the lake is certainly fishable.  If you are interested in trying some pickerel fishing, get yourself some red senkos and give French Lake a try.

My First Grilse of the Season!

My first grilse of the season.

My first grilse of the season.

In my previous post the other day I stated Glenn and I spent a couple of days fishing in the Cains River with little luck. Glenn called me yesterday morning and said he was taking someone through his work for an evening fish and asked if I wanted to go. I was given permission and we were off and arrived at the river around 6pm. We decided to fish the Cains River again but we went to a different stretch.

When we got to the water there was one person who arrived just before us. The three of us got ready and each started our way down the river. As I was making my way down the river I saw a fish jump farther down the river and a few up above where Glenn was started to move around. I continued down the river with no luck. I used my Carter Bug, White-Tailed Green Machine, and a handful of other flies. Once I got to the end of the run I hung out there and talked to Glenn as he fished the bottom part. There were a few fish moving but not taking. I then decided to go back to the top of the run and start over. I used some streamers to see if they would work but they did not. By this time Glenn also came back to the top and started fishing behind me. It was starting to get dark so I decided to put on my Carter Bug again and stay at the top part and fish there as there were fish moving.

As Glenn and I were fishing and talking, a trout jumped just a couple of feet to my left so I thought to myself I might as well try to catch a trout and threw my fly at the same spot. As soon as the fly hit the water, what I thought was a trout hit the fly. I gave a tug and very quickly realized it was not a trout. The grilse jumped two or three times and then the battle was on :) I fought the grilse for a handful of minutes and finally landed it. It measured at 23 inches and was nice and thick. It was very exciting to see that line go tight and feel a very good fish on the other end of the line.
As we were finishing up fishing the person that came with Glenn, Mike, had a very nice salmon hit his fly. It jumped high in the water and threw the hook.

Well, it turned out I made a very good decision in going last night. Here is hoping for the same success the next time out.

Salmon Fishing on the Cains River

The stretch we spent most of our time on.

The stretch we spent most of our time on.

Glenn and I went salmon fishing on Saturday evening on the Cains River.  We arrived at the river at around 6:15 and started fishing right away.  With the luck we have been having with the weather this year, very heavy clouds came in and the wind picked up like crazy and then the rain started with the thunder and lightning.  We got off the water and waited about 15 minutes.  The weather improved enough that we went back on the water.  Within 15 minutes the skies were clear.

When we got on the water there were plenty of fish jumping.  They actually jumped all night.  Glenn made his way down the river but I stayed where the fish were jumping.  At one point I was surrounded by jumping salmon, but so you think I could catch one…..no :)   We fished until dark with no luck.  We slept (stayed) in the truck over night.  Big bonus for Glenn bringing the portable DVD player to pass the time.

We started fishing Sunday morning right around 5 am.  It was the same thing.  The fish were jumping in the same area.  Glenn made his way to the run down the river and I stayed in the calm area for awhile.  I then made my way down near Glenn.  Once I got to the run, I put on a Carter Bug and put that down the run a few times.  By the time I finished fishing the run I had two raises but no fish.

Glenn was fishing on the other side of the river and was fishing just above the run.  He had three raises within a few minutes of each other.  He then hooked into a fish.  I was not too far away so I started to go to the bank so I could get up there to take some pictures( I think this is why Glenn brings me) but the fish got off quite quickly.  Glenn said he felt it was a good sized salmon.  He continued to fish up a bit more and within a few minutes he had another strike.  I did the same thing but my the time I got to the bank it got off again.  He had both hits on a Carter Bug as well.

Glenn trying his best to catch a salmon.

Glenn trying his best to catch a salmon.

By this time people started coming to this same stretch of water.  At one point there were seven people fishing.  This stretch is fairly big so everyone just stayed a fair distance from everyone else.  I talked to one person who was also from Moncton.  We talked about salmon fishing and other types of fishing for awhile.  It is always great to meet new people on the water.  He was very friendly and was great to talk to.

Have you caught a salmon or grilse yet this season?






Over the course of the evening and the next day fishing I was used many different flies.  I used lots of dry and wet flies.  Like I mentioned earlier, the only one that got the fish moving was the Carter Bug.  Glenn also used many different dry and wet flies as that is part of salmon fishing.  You have to keep changing it up as you never know what fly might get the fish to strike.

Glenn called today and is taking someone fishing tonight and asked me to go.  Hopefully tomorrow I will write a new post with at least one picture of one of us holding a nice fish.

Thanks for reading and tight lines.

Lawrence and his catch of the trip.

Lawrence and his catch of the trip.

Two teacher friends and I spent last Sunday and Monday bass and pickerel fishing at Oromocto and Magaguadavic lakes. Sunday, we arrived at Oromocto Lake and were fishing by 8:30am. I made a few casts at the boat launch and caught a little bass on by third cast. When we got the boat on the water we fished a cove off the main lake for quite awhile. It was nice and calm in this area. There were lots of edges by the banks that we fished that produced quite a few bass. When the water was calm we tried some top water baits and then switched to other baits that went under the surface once the wind picked up. Christoph started using some senkos that I am use to using but he rigged them up wacky style. I had heard of this way before but never tried it. I will write another post soon about this setup as it really impressed me. He would throw the senko where he thought there might be a bass and sure enough, many times he had a bass hit. I am certainly going to start using this method more often when fishing bass and even pickerel.
Another bait that worked very well was a Blue Fox (Picture below). Lawrence and Christoph do some work with them to rig them up the way they like. This bait swims a foot or so under the surface. We caught many bass using this bait throughout the two days.

After we fished the cove for awhile we decided to hit the main river, which is huge. Christoph and Lawrence have fished here a handful of times and wanted to try some spots they had not tried before. I had never been there before so it was all new to me. We fished one part that had lots of lily pads. We caught some bass there but also had many pickerel hits. After we fished this area we continued up the lake. The wind really picked up and caused problems for us but we certainly continued to fish. We tried to get to some areas that were protected from the wind. We continued to catch a few bass using a handful of different baits.

Christoph with his catch of the trip.

Christoph with his catch of the trip.

Later in the day we decided to go back to where we started. We fished some on the way and caught a few more bass. We hit the pickerel spot one more time and then went back to the cove. It was probably a little past 8pm and the wind died right down so Christoph started using a popper and the bass started smashing the bait. I was pretty quick at getting a top water bait on as well. Mine was blue in color (Picture below). Lawrence also put on a top water bait. We had an awesome hour before it got too dark to fish. We caught a very good number of bass this way. I love top water fishing so I really enjoyed this part of the day.

The top water I had good luck with.

The top water I had good luck with.

Once we got off the water we stayed at Lawrence’s uncle’s camp. We were very tired and slept in to about 7am. We got up and made our way to Magaguadavic Lake. When we started fishing here it was very calm. We made our way to one of the many islands on the lake. I used my same top water bait from the night before. I had a bass hit on my second cast by the island. We continued to fish around this island for awhile. I had very good luck here catching three bass and one pickerel. We decided to move around the lake trying many different good looking areas. Unfortunately, we did not have very good luck. After fishing for awhile we decided to go to where the big lake connects to the little lake. In this area we got into lots of pickerel and Christoph and Lawrence each caught a very nice bass. We continued through to the small lake. We caught a handful of pickerel and a couple of bass. We had a nice shore lunch, fished awhile longer, and then decided it was time to pack up and head home.

The Blue Fox that worked very well.

The Blue Fox that worked very well.

Christoph and Lawrence fish in one of the Bass tours in New Brunswick and I must say I am very impressed with how organized they are when they fish. They have baits for all the types of ways you can catch bass. They are always trying different baits to see what are the most successful for the situation of the day. The have all their baits organized in containers that are easy to get at. I also want to thank them for asking me to come along and being so accommodating to me throughout the two days. They gave me many tips on bass fishing and also let me use any baits that I wanted to try.

Christoph's boat

Christoph's boat

Oromocto Lake produced many fish throughout the day. They were all average in size but that was fine with me. I loved all the action throughout the day. Magaguadavic Lake was not as productive but the guys did catch two very nice bass. I look forward to hitting the water with Lawrence and Christoph again. Thanks for the awesome two days!

Rainbow Trout Fishing at Crooked Creek

Nathan trying one of the pools.

Nathan trying one of the pools.

Last night around 9pm my friend Nathan, a fellow teacher, called me and asked if I wanted to give Crooked Creek a try today.  I asked for permission like I always do :) and told him I could go.  He picked me up at 5:30am and we were there and ready to fish by 6:30.  Crooked Creek is my favorite place to fly fish for trout, more particularly, rainbow trout.  Over the past 15 years I have spent many days fishing there.  I have had great lucky using the royal coachman fly in catching the rainbow trout.  This is the fly I used again today. Nathan also used a royal coachman today as well.

We started fishing where the first bridge use to be.  As soon as I fished a little ways up from the bridge I realized that the first decent spot we normally start at looked a little different.  There was a tree down and the way the water was moving was different from other years.  Up a little above this spot the water was also flowing down in a different location as well.  I found this interesting and was anxious to see what the other parts of the river were going to look like.  We also noticed that the water level was quite low.  This also surprised me as we have had lots of rain which usually means the water runs high and hard here.  When we got to the first nice pool around the corner I noticed the top part was running different as well.  The pool was still nice.  We did not see any fish in this pool.

We continued to make our way past the second bridge and cut through the woods to get to the next good pool.  Nathan gave this pool the first try and after a few casts to the top of the run he hooked into the first rainbow of the day.  It was probably about 10 inches long.  We tried the same pool for a little while longer with no luck.  After trying the next pool with no luck I tried a run a little ways up the river.  As I casted to the top of the run and let the royal coachman float down a nice rainbow hit.  It was my first rainbow of the season.  It was about 12 inches long.

My first rainbow of the season.

My first rainbow of the season.

As we continued up the river it became quite evident why the river had changed so much.  Like I mentioned at the beginning I have fished here for a very long time and the river never changed at all.  I am amazed with how different the river looks just after one year.  There were downed trees everywhere and at one spot the bank was gone(picture in post).  Also at the last hole we went to there was another part of the river running into it.  With all the snow this winter and all the rain during the spring there must have been so much water running in the system that trees were thrown around and new little runs were created.

Part of the bank washed out.

Part of the bank washed out.

The pools that were always there have been affected for the worse from the changes.  I am hoping perhaps new pools will be created from the water running differently.  We also tried the lower part of the river as we were leaving and there were also many changes to the system down there as well.  I would never have thought so many changes could happen in just one year.  It is amazing what nature can do.

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Overall, I caught two rainbows and two brook trout.  I just kept the one rainbow.  Nathan kept one as well.  The road in was in about the same condition with quite a bit of bush growing over the road.  It was great to get back to Crooked Creek but made me uneasy to see all the changes to the system.

Trolling for Bass on Saint John River

My best catch of the evening.

My best catch of the evening.

When James and I finished pickerel fishing the other day it was still only 3:30 in the afternoon so we decided to take the canoe along the edge of the Saint John River and do some trolling for bass. I have never fished there before so we thought it was a great day to give it a first try. An extremely important fact of the day was that it was not windy. There is no way I would have put my canoe on the river if it was. We probably got there around 4:30 and put it right under the bridge that takes Oromocto. We decided we would troll down and then troll back towards the car when we decided to turn around.

When we first started we were casting into the grass along the edge with no luck so we decided to get out from the grass and start trolling. We each used hard plastic baits that dove to near the bottom when we trolled. James stayed with the same bait for the evening and I changed mine a couple of times.  The second one I used dove better in the water. After we were trolling for awhile I caught a little perch. It was small but at least we caught something. We continued trolling and James looked like he had something on his line so I looked back just in time to see a huge bass jump a good 2 feet out of the water. As it jumped it threw James’ bait. It was very neat to see jump.

We continued to make our way down the river when James caught a little bass and got it to the canoe. He then caught a nice sized bass and also got that to the canoe. I caught a few more perch and then we decided to turn around as we were quite a ways from the bridge. We trolled on the way back as well. As we trolled we would pick up grass or weeds so we had to reel in, clean the hook, and then let our line back out. One time when I did this I just got a little line out and a bass hit my bait. I fought it for a little bit and got it to the canoe.

James' best catch of the evening.

James' best catch of the evening.

At this point the wind picked up so we decided to troll a little faster to make sure we got out of the water before it got too rough. Like I mentioned in my previous post, I was very pleased with how the trolling motor worked in the evening as well. There is no way we would have gone as far as we did if we knew we would have to paddle back to the bridge.

My monster perch.

My monster perch.

We used the motor all day long and just near the end of the evening the battery started running out of power but we did make it back to the car without issue. My new rubber net also did a great job of getting the bass in the canoe. These two pieces of equipment will be part of my canoeing trips for now on. If you ever thought of giving the edge of the Saint John River a try I suggest you do. We had a great evening of chatting as we caught some bass.

Pickerel Fishing in Chipman July 1, 2011

James happy to finally being fishing with me :)

James happy to finally being fishing with me :)

Well, it took almost 3 months but I finally got out fishing with James this summer.  We decided to go to Chipman and give our pickerel places a try with my canoe.  I picked James up at 5 am and we were off.  When we arrived the water was nice and calm.  We got everything ready and probably hit the water a little after 6:30.  When I fish pickerel I usually use red and pink senkos.  Today was no different as this is what I used most of the day.  I did also use a rubber frog( I received three as a gift).  We started on the left side of the road like we normally do.  The water was around 60 degrees at 6:30 in the morning so we decided to retrieve our baits slower than normal because the water was a little and we thought they would be a little sluggish.

As we made our way up the cove we got a few hits here and there.  As we looped around the cover we got a handful of pickerel in the canoe.  James was also using senkos.  He had an off red colour that worked well for him.  It is also the first time that I used my new rubber net ( My blog is here about the net).  It has a retractable handle, which is great for fitting into the canoe.  I was very pleased with how it worked.  It certainly helps with making sure all the fish we get close to the canoe make it in the canoe.

Once we fished around the cove twice we decided to try the other side of the road.  The good thing about this time of year is that the water is high enough that we can canoe right through the culvert to the other side. As soon as we got through James had a big strike but he stay on.  We made our way around this area with very little luck so we decided to go back to the other side and fished the cove one more time.  I would say by the time we finished fishing James certainly had more fish in the canoe.  He probably landed 15 pickerel while I only landed four or five.  My only bragging right for the day is that I caught the biggest pickerel of the day.  It measured in at 21 inches.

My best of the day.

My best of the day.

Another piece of equipment I used at Chipman that I was very pleased with was my trolling motor.  My brother has two of my paddles so we only had one but we made out fine as I was able to use the trolling motor in most of areas.  I did have to take the weeds off the prop some but that is normal fishing in weedy areas.

James, the pickerel hunter.

James, the pickerel hunter.

It was only 3:15 when we decided to stop fishing at Chipman.  As we were packing up I mentioned that we should try to fish up and down the bank of the Saint John River.  James was for it so we spent the afternoon and evening fishing that area for the first time for the both of us.  I will write a post about the afternoon and evening shortly.