Much better so far this year. Fish numbers much better. And it's WONDERFUL that the Bonaventure is catch and release this year, although there's a 2/day, 7/season grilse limit. Here are pics of a 42.5" x 22.5" big girl (28 lbs) caught on a dead drift bomber and a 15 lb hen caught on a sunray.
06-28-2008, 11:10 AM
hallo from germany,
this are great news. i heard also that the grand c. is not so bad this year.
nice pics. is this a olympus 770sw?
Sounds like a great trip. Great underwater pics - where they thru the scope?
Canon SD600 and Canon WP-DC4 waterproof case.
And here's a pic of the big girl saying buh-bye with quite a tail thrust . . .
06-29-2008, 05:29 AM
I hope to get over there in September. :)
07-17-2008, 11:52 PM
Hi folks, Jim Corrigan here with a Trip Report from our June 30 – July 11 time on the Dartmouth, York and St. Jean Rivers. Axel Larsen and I were on the water for 9.5 days, with one evening of very questionable water after a blowout on the Dartmouth.
It takes a few days for the jet lag to wear off before one can truly appreciate a Salmon trip. We had a beauty! A lot of great fish action, and enough ‘Gaspé adventures’ to keep everything spicy. The water levels were excellent on all three rivers. About half of the days were typical of a Gaspé summer – bright and sunny. Good for tourism, poor for fishing. The other half of the days were … just about perfect! Cloudy and/or rainy, great days to fish. We actually took a day off in the middle of the trip. This was a very wise concession to our advancing years and the way we fish the Gaspé rivers (early and late).
We didn’t do very well on the St. Jean this year, although we had some hookups and pulls. Word was that most of the fish had run through Sector 1 (the lowest on the river) on the high water. Few fish had come up after the big pulse. Our favorite pools were holding a few fish, but the catching was tough.
The York was fishing great, but it was packed with Pecheurs. York Open Water had 30-60 anglers on it per day – there were no open pools. We only fished the York on one day, when we had won spots in the limited-rod Sector 9 - God’s water. We caught all of the fishing conditions at their optimum on this day, and had a legendary time on this water.
We fished the Dartmouth a lot and were lucky to get two (well, 1.5) days at the top Sector – Moose Bogan. This is our favorite water on all three of these rivers. Sector 7 didn’t let us down. We got fish on both days, and we had a dream morning on the last day. The conditions were perfect, and a recent count by the ZEC had detected 160 fish in the Sector. The pools were alive all morning, with some of the best dry-fly action that we’ve ever experienced. Unfortunately, a hot, humid day broke with a spectacular storm in the mid-afternoon, and we watched the river as it started to become blown out for a day. This pretty well finished our trip, although we did fish the stained Big Salmon Hole on the Dart about 24 hours after the blow out – unsuccessfully.
Here’s how our fishin' stats broke down … We each caught five fish. Axel had four LDR's and I had two. We each had about five more pulls or serious looks at dry flies. I caught three sea trout. Most every day had some action for both danglers.
Not bad for a couple of old salmon fools!
OK, here is a message for Susan Malcolm, a fine angler from the Toronto area with whom we had the pleasure of sharing several pools on the St. Jean. I have several pictures of the lovely salmon that you caught at Bluff Pool. If you send me a personal message through this FlyTalk site, I'll get these photos to you.
To all ... Enjoy your summers and best wishes for fun and successful fishing!
07-19-2008, 07:48 AM
We fished 6 days (2 days on each river: St.Jean, York, Dartmouth). We landed 5 fish (all grilse) had 3 LDR's, several pulls and I'm ashamed to say far too many missed rises to the dry. We had action on all 3 rivers. All in all it was a great trip. We went through "Quebec sporting" and our guides Dave Adams And Wayne Jean were top notch! We really enjoyed fishing with them. And Ann as always took care of all the details. So our trip would go without a hitch.
P.S. We also had 3 days booked at another lodge on some other rivers. But they botched up our fishing waters and we left early and very upset. We were scheduled to fish private water one day. But instead we had to crawl around a gate, like poachers. take a long hot walk to the river in our waders. Only to find the caretaker with his family and several friends banging the pools. That were suppose to be ours exclusively for that day. At $1200.00 a day there is no excuse for this kind of thing.
09-19-2008, 09:21 AM
We spent a whole week at Camp Bonaventure in mid-August. The fishing was terrific. And the level of service at the camp was superb! The guides are some of the best on the Gaspe. This was my first visit to the camp and it won't be my last
KUDOS to Glenn LeGrand