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!

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!