Fall Fishing on the Oromocto River

The water was like this all day.

The water was like this all day.

James and I decided to go fishing on Saturday at the Oromocto River.  It is connected to the Saint John River and therefore is considered to be tidal water so it stays open longer into the season.  I picked James up at 5:30 and we were off.  A quick stop at the Tim’s in Salisbury for a breakfast sandwich and we were on the highway to Oromocto.  We arrived right around 7am.  There were already a couple of trucks there and another person putting their boat in while we were there.  The marina was all apart and up by the ball field.  We were just using my canoe with the trolling motor so we were hoping we would not run into many other boats on the water.

We got everything ready and put in.  We went directly to the left and starting fishing our way up the river.    I started using a fire tiger coloured diving bait that I had luck with two weeks earlier when I was fishing with Glenn.  I used this bait for awhile but did not have any luck.  I then set up a senko and rigged it wacky style.  I started casting the senko by structure on top of the water.  All the structure on the river system were trees hanging over the edge or actually lying in the water.  After a handful of cast a bass hit the senko.  It felt like a nice bass and it jumped out of the water a few times.  It is always nice to have the bass jump out of the water.  We took a quick picture and put it back in the water.  We continued our way up the river without a lot of success.

My fisrst bass of the day.

My fisrst bass of the day.

We continued to try some different baits and did some trolling and also continued to cast by the structure.  James caught the next bass and then got on quite a chain pickerel roll.  The two times I have been there with Glenn we only caught one pickerel right in the river.  Today was quite different.  There seemed to be quite a few pickerel in the river on this day.  James must have caught 4 or 5 pickerel in a short period of time.  He was having good luck on a mepps.  He was even nice enough to let me use one.  We were both using a silver one.  We each caught a few more pickerel using these and then James decided to put on a Red Devil.  He was using this by a little inlet on the river and had a very nice hit.  The fish gave a very nice tug and then came to the service.  We could tell right away that it was a very nice bass.  Once we got it into the canoe were measured it.  It was 18 inches long.  It was also very thick.  It was the best catch of the day.  I continued to use the silver bait and I got a nice hit.  It was also a nice bass.  It jumped out of the water.  It was probably a little bit bigger than the fish bass I caught earlier in the morning.

James with the best catch of the day.

James with the best catch of the day.

We continued up the river and caught a few more pickerel and smaller bass.  It was getting to be later in the afternoon and we decided we better turn around so we would not be on the water after dark.  We did make it to French Lake, which is good as we were just using the trolling motor.  We did some speed fishing on the way back without any success, but our focus was on getting back.  We made it to the launch at 7pm, just as it was pretty well dark and the marine battery was pretty well out of power.  It was almost perfect timing.

Another nice one.

Another nice one.

We could not have asked for a better day on the water.  We caught some pickerel and bass, it was quite warm, and there was virtually no wind.  It was probably the only day we could say that all fishing season.  The water was like glass all day.  We also only had to deal with two boats all day.  When they went by we just faced the canoe towards them so we would not have any problems with the waves.  This did work but I must say I was frustrated that neither boat slowed down when they went by us.  I can not understand way a bigger boat would not slow down when they see a canoe in the water.

If this was my last day of fishing, it was a good one.  We had a great day together catching some fish and having some laughs, which is what it is all about!

Pickerel Fishing in Chipman

Nice fall scenery.

Nice fall scenery.

James and I decided to go pickerel fishing on Saturday, in what could sadly be my last day of fishing for this season.  I picked James up at around 5am, which turned out to be a little too early as when we arrived in Chipman it was still dark :)   I guess it is better to be too early then too ;ate when it comes to fishing.  We unloaded the canoe and decided to fish from shore for 10 minutes.  When it became a little lighter out we decided to get the canoe loaded up and hit the water.  With the water being so high everywhere this year I did not really know what to expect during our day of fishing; I was certainly hoping for a good day.

When we put the canoe in we fished right around the culverts like we normally do.  We did not have any hits so we went across the cove to the bank in the middle.  We started making our way up the bank and we started to get a few strikes.  James landed the first few pickerel.  I think he landed three and then I landed my first pickerel of the day.  We started using the red senkos as they are the biggest producers when it comes to pickerel fishing.  We made our way around the cove and then decided to go through the culverts and try fishing on the other side for awhile.  We probably landed a few pickerel and then decided to go back through the culverts to where we started.  As we were fishing both of us tried a few different lures and colored senkos.  James used a different shade of red.  It was a darker colour and he had good luck using that for a part of the day.

We made one more loop around the cove and then decided to put the trolling motor on the canoe and go across the river to where we had good luck trolling back and forth a long a point a few years ago.  As we were going there we fished along the bank on the other side of the river.  We had good luck along this stretch as well.  We had many hits and landed a few more pickerel.  We then decided to do some trolling along the point. James put on a sinking hard bait and he had good luck using it.  He caught two perch and two or three pickerel.  I put on a sinking rubber minnow and caught a nice pickerel.  I then decided to put on a Blue Fox with a white skirt.  I caught a decent sized perch with the bait.

James and his best catch of the day.

James and his best catch of the day.

James’ best catch of the day was a round 24 1/2 inches.  I also caught a good sized pickerel.  James netted it for me.  As we put the net in the canoe the lure fell out.  As I went to grab the fish for a picture it flipped, bounced off a paddle and fell back into the water.  Honestly, that really did happen :)   The one I caught trolling was nice and we were able to get a picture :)   As we were trolling it started to rain hard.  We continued to fish for about an hour and then decided that since we had a good day that it was not worth sitting in the rain for another 2 hours.  We packed up and headed home around 4:30pm.

My best "photographed" pickerel of the day.

My best "photographed" pickerel of the day.

I would say James landed close to 20 fish for the day and I landed 10.  With the way the conditions have been all season, we were very pleased with the day we had.  If this was my last day of fishing, I was glad it was an enjoyable one.

James also wrote a post about the day on his site.

Fishing the Oromocto River

The Oromocto River

The Oromocto River

Glenn and I decided to go fishing last Saturday and we decided to give the Oromocto River a try.  Neither one of us has fished it before and we heard it was a nice spot to try for bass and pickerel.  Glenn picked me up at 5am and we were off to Oromocto.  We arrived around 7am and had the boat in and ready by 7:20.  We fished right around the marina for a little while without much action.  There were lots of weeds in one area so we thought we might see some pickerel at least.  We did notice that the water seemed high.  We made our way up a channel right in front of the channel and Glenn had the first strike.  We did not see the fish but we thought it was a bass.  We continued fishing around the area and I finally caught a smaller sized bass.  It was nice to feel a tug and have a fish on the other end.  It jumped out of the water twice before getting it into the boat.  I caught the bass on a green senko rigger wacky style.  Earlier in the summer I fished with two friends and they showed me how to fish with the senkos rigged wacky style.  They showed me how to use rubber rings and the worm so when the bass hit the worm the ring and the worm shoot up the line and therefore saving your worm from getting wrecked each time you get a strike. (Picture to follow)

Bass #1

Bass #1

We continued to slowly make our way up the river.  We fished slowly because there were many great places to try.  There were over hanging trees and trees lying in the water that are fantastic places for bass to hang out.  I was able to catch two more bass by 10:30.  One was a nice sized bass with some good weight to it.  Again, both these bass were caught on a green senko rigged wacky style.

My Best of the Day.

My Best of the Day.

As we continued to fish we tried many different top water baits and also different sinking baits.  We had some strikes but no more hook ups.  Around noon we noticed that the water turned quite muddy and also noticed the water raised almost a foot.  We thought perhaps the dam was opened earlier in the morning.  We decided to fish out in the Saint John River for half an hour but it was very windy.  We decided to go way up the Oromocto River as someone said the water cleared up a ways up.  We had a few more strikes but no luck.  We decided to go into a little cove and Glenn finally caught a pickerel.  I was glad he got something into the boat.  He caught it on a green top water frog.  We were amazed with how high the water was.  It was over the banks of the river and ran a ways back.  Again, we feel this had an affect on our luck for the day.

Wacky Style

Wacky Style

We had a great day trying a new spot but were certainly hoping for a better result than 3 bass and one pickerel.  We did both say we would certainly try it again.  My friend Casey said he was there a little while ago and had much better luck than we did.  Perhaps he will have to show us exactly where to go and what to use.

Glenn ans his pickerel

Glenn ans his pickerel

Here is hoping I get out at least one more time before the season ends.

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Top Water Fishing with Frog Crank Bait

Buzz'n Frog Crank Bait Green

Buzz'n Frog Crank Bait Green

When I am fishing for chain pickerel and bass I love to top water fish.  I love seeing the action on top of the water.  That is also why when I fly fish I love using dry flies.  I am always looking for new baits to get and try.  One place I am always checking out online is Ebay.  Many of the lures and different baits I have in my tackle box are from sellers on Ebay.  I can usually find many different types of baits at very good prices.  Many of the items also come with free shipping.  At the end of July I was searching on Ebay for top water frogs and came along the Buzz’n Frog Crank bait and thought I would give it a try.  It is a hard bait that is divided in two with the back part of the body that spins in the water as you reel it in.  It makes a good commotion on the water.  I used the bait on the Saint. John River and had some bass chase it and also had a huge pickerel smash it in Chipman.  The bad news for me is I did not have the drag set right on my bait caster and the line broke and there went my new lure that I really likes.  It was my fault and it is part of fishing.

All Three of the Frogs

All Three of the Frogs

When I got home I ordered three more of the frogs from the same seller.  Each one is a different color.  The frogs have a two-pronged hook instead of a regular tremble hook.  You can certainly cast it right into the lily pads.  Sometimes it gets weeds on it and you can work it in those areas.  The season is wrapping up in a bit but I certainly hope to give them a try by going after some pickerel before the end of the season on October 15th.  If you are interested in the baits, here is the link to the seller on Ebay for the Buzz’n Frog Crank Bait.

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.

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!

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.

Fishing Pickerel at French Lake, New Brunswick

Getting ready to go fishing with some great friends.

Getting ready to go fishing with some great friends.

Casey emailed James and I midway through last week asking if we would like to go pickerel fishing at French Lake.  James and I obviously both said yes.  I think I said yes first but we will have to ask Casey that.  Casey picked me up first and we were at James’ house by 7am.  We arrived at French Lake by 8:30.  As we were arriving, Casey said his friend Ron might join us for the day and if he did not bring his son Casey asked if one of us would fish with Ron on his boat.  I said I would, so Ron and I were against James and Casey in a friendly competition to see which boat would land the most pickerel.

Being near the end of September the water was 58 degrees when we started fishing around 9am.  James and Casey took off down one channel and Ron and I stayed out on the main channel.  Ron was using some red senkos Casey bought for him through Ebay.  This is reminding me I need to buy more as I am completely out of red ones myself.  Ron caught two very nice pickerels right off the bat.  I had a couple of hits but that was it.  Ron and I continued to make our way down the lake.  Ron was pretty steady at catching pickerel and I landed two by the time Casey and James came back from the channel they were fishing.  This was about an hour into the morning.  Ron had 6 pickerel in the boat, I had two, Casey had four, and surprisingly James had none.

The two boats separated again and Ron and I continued around the bend.  James and Casey were in front of us and disappeared around a corner.  Ron and I spent some time in an area that was right in front of another channel.  Ron was trying some different baits and he had fantastic luck in this spot.  He must have landed ten pickerel in about an hour or less.  I was getting strikes but only managed to land two pickerel.  James and Casey came back and said they only caught a few more and then made their way down the channel that was in front of us.  Ron and I fished in our same spot for another half hour and then decided to follow them down the channel.  I had never fished this part of the lake so I was interested to see what it looked like.  The wind was at our backs and help pushed us down the channel at a decent pace.  Going down this channel Ron and I got into a lot of pickerel.  Yes, you read right, even I got into some pickerel.  Some were hanging close to the banks, probably sunning themselves to get warm and some were out a little ways.  By the time we caught up to James and Casey Ron had a whopping 36 pickerel landed and I was reaching a respectable 13 pickerel landed.  I say respectable because I was stuck at four and five for most of the morning.

Casey with a nice pickerel.

Casey with a nice pickerel.

It was close to 4pm and Ron said he had to leave so I jumped into Casey’s boat and joined the two of them for another two and a half hours of fishing.  I continued to stay hot ending up landing 22 pickerel for the day.  Casey also landed 22 and James caught on fire and ended up with 26 pickerel landed.  His 25th pickerel was his best of the day measuring at a coincidental 25 inches long.  My longest of the day was 22 inches.

James with the 25 incher and Casey being Casey :)

James with the 25 incher and Casey being Casey :)

I had a great day fishing with a new fishing buddy in Ron.  He had a great boat with a 40 HP motor and he also had a trolling motor at the front end of the boat that he could control with a foot pedal.  If anyone has a front deck on the their boat I would strongly suggest getting one of these trolling motors.  It did a fantastic job putting us exactly where Ron wanted to put the boat.

Me and my pickerel.

Me and my pickerel.

I do not think I mentioned this yet but Ron and I won the competition for the day.  We said we would certainly all have to get out again next season.  Casey mentioned that maybe we would even get out one more time this season.  I certainly hope that we do get the chance.

Me being very content with another excellent day!

Me being very content with another excellent day!

Again, if you are ever interested in going chain pickerel fishing I strongly suggest giving French Lake a try.  The four of us landed 106 pickerel for the day.  I would say that was a pretty good day of fishing.

Please read James’ post on our day as well.

Pickerel Fishing in New Brunswick

CIMG3562James and I decided to go pickerel fishing yesterday in Chipman, New Brunswick. We have not been there is awhile so I was anxious to see what the fishing was going to be like. This summer has also been quite windy but the forecast was calling for only 5km winds so I was hoping that would be the case.

I picked James up and at 6am and we were ready to start fishing around 7:45. I usually do not bring the trolling motor to Chipman because it is so weedy but I brought it as we discussed we might try to cover more water than normal. This is what is needed and how to set up the trolling motor for a canoe.

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James

We started fishing in our regular area, which is a cove off of Salmon River. We were very pleased that the water was like a mirror it was so calm. We looped around this cover a couple of times each catching a handful of pickerel and having many others hit. We found that quite a few of the pickerel were out on the edge of the weeds in a little deeper water. We were both using a red 6 inch senko. I used a bubblegum color for awhile as well. Both of us used the red senko for most of the day as it continued to produce for us.

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We decided to use the trolling motor and try a few different parts of the river system. We got to one point and fished along the edge and caught a few fish. As we were leaving this spot we decided to troll with the senkos out from a point. The water looked fairly deep and we could see seeds below the water. No sooner did I tell James that the area looked pretty good I got a strike from a pickerel. After I brought it in and released it James got a strike while casting out. We got into some very good action in the area and decided to stay for awhile. We were casting and also trolling some. We were getting strikes with both methods. We must have stayed here for a good hour or so on this point because we were having so much fun.

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The water stayed calm all day.

When we finished at the point we back back to our starting point and fished the cove again for an hour or so. The pickerel were hitting well in the far end of the cove. By about 7pm our bodies were sore enough from sitting in the canoe all day that we decided to call it a day. We loaded the car back up and were on our way back home.

Throughout the day, James and I had countless strikes. I landed 10 pickerel while James must have landed 25 or more. I can take a little consolation in the fact that I caught the biggest pickerel of the day. It actually nips James’ personal best by 1/8 of an inch by measuring in at 24 5/8 inches. This pickerel now becomes my personal best.

If you having never given pickerel fishing in Chipman, New Brunswick a try, I strongly suggest you do as we have never been disappointed.

You can read about James’ experiences fishing this summer as well at his site.

Have you ever gone pickerel fishing before?