Getting Some Bass Fishing In

Chris' Oromocto River Pickerel

Chris' Oromocto River Pickerel

Have no fear everyone, I have been out fishing a little bit.  I am just getting to blog about the times out now.  My wife got her knee operated on two weeks ago.  I know what you are all thinking.  Did she not know it was fishing season???  Really, I do not think she knew :)   Just kidding honey :)   I have been doing my best to take care of her and things around the house while she is recuperating.  Yes, the house is still standing and the kids and dog have been fed.

Canaan River at 6 am

Canaan River at 6 am

I have been able to get out fishing a little bit as of late.  Last week, Glenn, Chris, and I went to the Oromocto River to try some bass and pickerel fishing. We put in at the campground on French Lake that connects to the river system.  As soon as we arrived we realized the water levels were actually very high.  We thought since it was a pretty easy winter that the levels would have been lower.  We went up the river system stopping where we thought there should be some bass.  There are many downed trees that sit in the water on this river.  We did not have any luck at all on the river for bass all day long.  Since this was happening, we decided to to some little inlets to see if there were any pickerel sitting in the weeds or grass.  This was the middle of May so there were not many weeds yet but there was a little grass growing in places.  We found this one inlet and we fished it for a little bit.  We each caught a few little pickerel and then decided to keep going up the system. On the way back down we decided to try this place again.  Chris was on fire using a bubblegum colored senko.  Before we left the inlet he caught the two biggest pickerel of the day.  Glenn and I were happy to watch and take pictures :)   I would say it will be a good three weeks before the water drops to good levels to fish for bass properly.  Perhaps they were not even in the system yet?  We are fairly new to this river and have lots to learn about it.

Glenn with a nice catch

Glenn with a nice catch

It was quite a slow day fishing-wise but it was great to spend  the afternoon on the water with Glenn and Chris.

This past Friday night after work, the three of us decided to walk the Canaan River trying for bass.  Glenn had tried the river a couple of times during the week and had some luck.  It was a great night for fishing as the weather was very nice.  We started at the bridge and made our way down the river until it was close to dark.  Again, it was a slow night fishing.  I caught my first bass of the season, which was nice but we did not get much else besides that.  Again, itr was nice to walk the river.  The water level was good.  We were able to walk it with ease.

Glenn and I went back to the same spot Sunday morning.  We arrived at 6am and we fished until 8:30 as Glenn had to be home.  We did not see any fish at all.  The water levels dropped a bit from Friday night.  Glenn and I tried different baits but mainly stayed with top-water lures.  When I got home I texted Glenn to see if he wanted to go back for an evening fish.  I told him we should try the other spot a little farther down the system……and boy am I glad we did.  This stretch is deeper than at the bridge area.  We got in the water and started walking down the river, each taking a side.  Again, we both used top-water poppers.  Along this stretch of the river we each caught 4 bass.  All eight bass were quite small but we were both very happy just to finally get into some bass.  We continued down the river and talked to a guy who was fishing from sure.  As we got closer he asked if I was the guy who did the blog.  He said I looked familiar.  I thought that was pretty cool.  We talked for a bit and then we continued down the river.  It was on this stretch that we finally got into some nice-sized bass.  We each caught two of these bass.  We both really enjoy fishing top water baits because you get to see the bass hit the baits.  It was getting dark by this time so we fished back up river a little bit and then walked back to the car.

Me and my bass

Me and my bass

It is my experience that the bass stay in this stretch of river until the end of June, so we hope to fish it a handful more times before that date.  This was definitely our best night of bass fishing so far.  We each ended up catching 7 bass each.

I hope all of you are getting some success with your spring fishing, no matter what species you are going after.  Leave a comment and let me know.  Until next time, tight lines.

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!

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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