A Long Day of Fishing

Mist on the water at 6:40am

Mist on the water at 6:40am

Glenn and I decided to spend the day fishing on Monday.  When I say the day, I mean the day.  We left Riverview at 12:30 in the morning….yes the morning, for the Miramichi.  We got there close to 2 am and decided to have a 2 hour sleep and then head into the hole.  We woke up close to four and headed to the spot.  When we arrived, it was still dark and not surprisingly, there was no one there.   Glenn wanted to go back to sleep but I would not let him.  It was close to 5am and it was light enough to see to get ready so we did.

On this stretch of water, the rip is pretty close so we did not have to walk far.  Being nice, I let Glenn go through the run first.  I followed close behind.  We did not have any luck the first time through so we went through the run three different times using different flies.  Unfortunately, we did not raise any salmon.  I caught a small salmon pare and an eight inch trout but that was it.  Glenn said he has seen people fishing the corner in the past so we decided to give it a try.  People came in behind us so we thought it would be a good time.  It was tricky crossing the river as they had thundershowers there on Friday and the water was up some.  When we got  to the  corner we realized that this would be a great place for some fish to be holding up.  There was a nice run with some calm water on both sides.  Again, we did not have any luck.  We did see any salmon move or jump in the 4 hours we spent there.  It needs to be said: That is salmon fishing.  You need to be very patient.

We decided to go into Blackville and try fishing from the boat for some salmon.  Did I mention we brought Glenn’s boat????  We did :)   The water was running quite hard here.  We only stayed about an hour as there was no action at all.  We packed up the boat and headed to Chipman for an afternoon and evening of pickerel fishing.  Yes, I had to drive and let Glenn sleep in the car.

My pickerel and Glenn's thumb.

My pickerel and Glenn's thumb.

When we arrived in Chipman, the first thing I realized was that the water was extremely high for this time of year.  The heavy rain we had the week before must have done it.  We put the boat in and fished a little cove for a bit and had some chasers.  There was a another boat around so we decided to go to the main river and explore some.  We fished along the banks by the grass and had a few chasers but we were not getting any into the boat.  We kept exploring around the river.  I finally had one on while using a bubblegum colored senko.  It is the one of me in the picture.  It was a decent size.  We kept roaming around and I caught another one but it was smaller.  IN another area Glenn finally landed his first pickerel of the day using his top-water frog.  It is a great bait as it makes a racket on the water.

Glenn and his pickerel.

Glenn and his pickerel.

We were getting tired but decided to cross over to the other side where we started.  We went to the other side of the cove and actually  started getting into some pickerel.  It gave us some much needed energy at this point of the day.  We fished around this area for about another hour and a half before decided to head home so we did not have to drive in the dark as we were both really tired.

Even though the fishing was very slow, we both had a great day on the water.

Glenn trying for some elusive salmon.

Glenn trying for some elusive salmon.

While fishing for salmon, some of the flies we used were the white-tailed green machine, brown bombers, and yellow-winged butterflies.  When we were fishing for pickerel we used different colored senkos.  We also fished them wacky-style for awhile.  We used different poppers.  I also used a diver while trolling for awhile.

Here’s hoping the water drops soon.  I hope the rest of you are having some luck on the water.

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.

Pickerel Fishing in New Brunswick: French Lake

This was by seond best pickerel of the day.

This was my secoond best pickerel of the day.

My Friend Mat and I were talking Saturday and decided that we would go fishing on Sunday.  We decided to go pickerel fishing at French Lake.  We went to the French Lake that is connected to Indian Lake about 15 minutes past Jemseg.  There is another French Lake by Oromocto.  Mat has a 12 foot aluminum boat so we took that.  We arrived at French Lake around 9am.  We used the boat launch on Sand Point Road.  We went right and then turned left and made our way down the long channel and started fishing when we saw some lily pads.  We got some action right away and I landed two smaller pickerel fairly quickly.  I was using a red senko, which has been extremely productive for me this year pickerel fishing.

We then continued going along this stretch of the lake as I knew a couple of spots that I wanted to try.  We got to a spot where you can continue in the same direction or take a left to go down another channel.  We went to the mouth of this channel and dropped anchor and started to make casts to move edges of the lake.  We were both getting good action around the lily pads but also by some grass patches in the middle of the water.  We both must have landed 3 or 4 fish at the spot.  We started to go this channel a little farther but the grass got very thick so we decided to make our way back to the main part of the lake.  We then went to a spot that is a dead end and was productive when I was there about a month ago with James and Casey.  We saw a few pickerel but nothing much as the water was quite low and the grass was very thick, which is normal for this time of year.  We drifted down a little ways to a point just in front of another channel and we dropped the anchor.  We were making long casts and started to get a lot of action. This spot was a little deeper but there was still grass in the water.  We started landing quite a few fish and some of them were getting to be a fairly good size.  Mat was changing up his baits quite a bit and was getting some success on different colors.  They were hitting some orange, solver, and reddish worms.  I was basically sticking with the red senko as it was still being successful.

We then decided to go down the other channel to give it a try.  We did not get a lot of action until we found another point.  We fished off this point for a bit and each landed two more pickerel.  We decided that since we had such good luck back at that other point that we would go back and try it again.  When we got there we anchored in the same spot and started casting again.  Right away we got into a bunch more pickerel.  This was right around 4 pm and it must have been their supper time because they were very aggressive.  We also got into our biggest pickerel of the day.  Mat caught two in a row that were very nice and then got a real nice one on.  He fought it for a bit but then it snapped his line.  The very next cast I made after this I had a really nice hit and I knew I had a very nice fish on my how heavy it felt when I was reeling it in.  When we got it in to Mat’s net, which has rubber netting, we knew it was a very long and thick fish.

Mat with one his many pickerel on the day.

Mat with one his many pickerel on the day.

Casey will get mad at me because we did not have a tape to measure it but we did a rough measurement and we said it was 26 inched long beating by personal best by an inch and 3/8.  As you can see in the picture it was a very thick fish and was great fun to catch.  Before the second time we went to fish off this point Mat started using a pink solid tube.  I had never seen them before and thought it would be productive because I have caught many pickerel using a pink senko.  It turned out to be very successful for Mat as he ended up catching many of his pickerel using it and I caught that personal best using one of them as well.  During the winter I will certainly being getting some for next season.

By the end of the day I would say we each landed around 20 pickerel.  We had a great time on the water.  As usual there was a fairly strong breeze but that was alright as it was very hot yesterday.  We saw lots of eagles and other birds throughout the day.  Near the time we were going home we saw some trying to catch some fish in the lake.  We saw one dive right into the water and come out with a big pickereklbut as it was trying to take off out of the water it dropped it.  It was a pretty neat sight.

My new personal best at 26 inches.

My new personal best at 26 inches.

Thanks Mat for the invite and the great company as usual.  I look forward to getting out with you again, if not this season, then next for sure.  For anyone interested in pickerel fishing I strongly suggest French Lake in New Brunswick. James and Casey went to French Lake a few days after Matt and I went.  Take a few minutes and read about their day.

Have you ever fished on this French Lake?





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.


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