CASCAPEDIA / BONAVENTURE / Petite Cascapedia UPDATES JUNE 19 '05
I thought that I would try to bring you all up to speed about how are season here has progressed. I have seen a lot of updates and info from the Gaspe area but nothing from this area. (Juro- I hope that this is o.k. to post this sort of info here, if not, tell me and I will refrain in the future).
Well the season started off very promising with some decent fish caught on the main river of the Cascapedia followed quickly with a few fish up in the Salmon and Lake branches. Unfortunately, the fishing has been fair to poor in the upper reaches since the 12th or 13th with only a very few fish released. Why? Heck if I know, but I can tell you what has happened since June 1. RAIN, followed by one week of 80+ temps, then back to rain and rain and rain and clouds and rain... Get the picture? Today things have changed and I think this will tell us the real story on the Cascapedia, Petite and Bonaventure. Moving from a low to a high pressure system and vice versa, usually stimulates the fish. Couple this with the influence of an oncoming full moon and if it is going to "happen" it will be this week and next!
Runs have been disapointing at best on the Bonaventure to date, with real spotty fish here and there on the upper stretches. Most of this fish have been in the 10-14 range. We did manage to get into 3-fish day before yesterday but saw only 5 all day. Yesterday we saw two and released one. That is not what I would consider awesome fishing but that is our reality to date. I floated the Petite on opening day from Big Eddy to Melancon and saw a total of 2-fish at McGregor pool which is way up. Both fish were under 15 pounds. One of my friends is floating it today again.
As I said, the Bonaventure has realatively few fish but we should see a big whack of them coming in on this next moon. If not, we are screwed. Let's hope that the fish will come flushing into the rivers!
Reports out of Gaspe are varied. Some say there are a ton of fish, and some say it is ho-hum and spotty. I am not really sure what the deal is there... the general rule around here, at least with local anglers is when the fishing is good everyone gets tight lipped. The reason I am posting this is to try to give you all a sense of what is really going on.
The only bright spot seem to be the main river on the Cascapedia, which unfortunately, is a bit difficult to get on these days. It would seem that some days it is really hot and others it is a bit slow but there seems to be a lot of fish around although not a lot of big fish, most in the 15 pound range. My guess is that a lot of the bigger fish ran straight up on the May moon. I can back this up by telling you that we caught and saw fish in the upper branches very early this year. As a matter of fact, Alder Island is alreay producing some fish. That is the stretch just before the lake.
Here are your water levels and ave temps.
Cascapedia River: Perfect level, water is a bit dark but not muddy. Temps are ranging between 48 and 54 F.
Bonaventure: Perfect level for canoes, a bit tough to wade some spots, water is 95% clear and the temps 46-52 F.
Petite Cascapedia: Perfect canoe level, tricky wading, especially where the river has changed, which is almost everywhere. Water is 90% clear and very cold 44-48 F.
Will report back as soon as the fish start coming in a bit more. I will also give you news about the Nouvelle River soon.
Hope that this report will help all of you out!
Best to you all,
Independent Salmon & Trout guide