Sunday August 19th, River Report.
With the river conditions improving daily I am only focusing on river temperatures at this point. Most of us are waiting for conditions to improve to see the 26 cold water pools opened again. Once this happens the river will be back to normal fishing for all anglers.We need 48 hours of water temperatures below 20C before this happens.Anglers are now seeing salmon jumping again and are back on the river.
Yesterday I took the temperatures in Upper Blackville in early afternoon. They were 24C. This morning they are showing 18C here in Blackville. The trend in water temperatures is slowly coming down. Tonight the forcast is for 9C. That will also be good for the river.
The rain we were hoping for didn't hit this lower section of the river liked we hoped for. If we had of received more rain the water temperatures would probably have dropped even more. Things are improving and anglers are seeing salmon and the odd one is being caught in certain areas. Lets hope for cooler evenings and normal day time temperatures.
Friday August 17th, River Report.
I checked the river temperatures last night and they were showing 24C. This morning they are showing 19C. This is the first time in weeks the river temperatures have been below 20C. Cooler temperatures are really changing things fast ,especially these cooler evenings. The forcast is showing mid 20's during the day and low teens in the evenings for the next few days. Cool air temperatures tonight with rain in the forcast for tonight and tomorrow will also have a cooling effect. We need 48 hours of consistent river temperatures to have the 26 pools now closed to be reopened. This could possibly happen within the next few days. In the mean time fishing should start picking up with the river temperatures dropping. Especially morning fishing. Remember 90% of the river is now open to normal fishing hours.
As they say"change is in the air". We should have a nice weekend for fishing.
With things changing daily on the river I will try to post anything new that I hear. Enjoy the weekend.
Thursday August 16th, River Report.
What a change we are seeing here this morning along the Miramichi Valley. Over the years I have often heard anglers call this weather " salmon fishing weather". Those who I am seeing outside walking, and going about there daily business early this morning ,are wearing long sleeves or fleece. It is actually cool out. The temperatures here at the tackle shop are showing 16C. It is cloudy and you can tell rain is in the air. River temperatures have already dropped a couple of degrees. Here in Blackville the river temperatures are showing 21C on my thermometer. River levels have dropped but the forcast is for rain today, tomorrow, and saturday, plus the temperatures are to be much lower especially in the evenings. That is exactly what we need.
With the forcast showing lower temperatures during the evenings and throughout the day and rain over the next couple of days, we should see quite a change on the river.If you are one of those anglers who after a long period away from the river, and just want to be out there casting for salmon, the conditions are looking very good. I would predict that over the next couple of days we are going to see some positive change here on the Miramichi. Get out and enjoy!
Friday August 10th, River Report.
We have good news today for the river. The Miramichi river system is now back to normal fishing hours. The cold waters pools are still closed but we can now fish throughout the day in the open water areas.
River levels are nice for fishing. The rain yesterday really improved the water level conditions. I checked the temperatures along the shore at mid afternoon here in Blackville and they were showing 23C. As I indicated in previous reports the rains seem to bring the temperatures down a bit. With cooler evenings they will hopefully drop even more.
For those interested in canoeing you will find the river in good shape for the next couple of days.
I haven't heard of anything on fresh runs of salmon coming in but people are seeing salmon jumping along the river. We really need normal summer temperatures with cooler evenings. This seems to be in the forcast over the next couple of weeks. So, things are starting to get back to normal. Water levels are up, we just need cooler temperatures. Enjoy the weekend. Will post any changes.
Wednesday August 8th, River Report.
The forcast is showing more rain for tomorrow. The rivers have been holding well this past week and should continue to stay up for the coming weekend. Water temperatures seem to drop during some of the rains but then bounce back up again. Some people are taking advantage of the canoeing opportunities the higher water levels provide.
The odd salmon is being caught. We haven't heard much in this regard lately, but it seems with each rain water temperatures drop and the odd person is hooking into a salmon. Most of us are hoping for cooler evenings and hopefully this weather change will come soon.
Saturday August 4th, River Report.
Just a quick update here on the river. I am anxious to bring some positive news from the river and with the rain this evening I thought it might be time to report what we are experiencing here along the Miramichi at this time. It looks like our long spell of hot dry conditions are changing.We woke this morning to showers and this continued off and on throughout the day. By late afternoon we have had mostly steady rain and at times it is coming down quite hard. At this time it is continuing to rain hard and the forcast is showing heavy rain at times throughout the night. This is a welcome change in the weather as the rain will be good for the river. In fact everyone who we talk to have been commenting on the fact that we need a good rain to bring our rivers up and cool them down.
The forcast is for 30C temperatures for early week then things seem to be changing for the better. The raise in river levels from this rain will insulate the salmon better through any hot temperatures in the next few days and then we will hopefully start seeing normal conditions soon. Most of us want this heat wave behind us and a return to normal conditions. It is finally looking like we may get our wishes later next week.Most of us are getting an itch to spend some time on the water fishing with normal conditions for both the salmon and the angler. The sooner the better. Have a great long weekend and lets hope to get some positive river reports soon.
Tuesday July 31st, Fishing Report.
The river is up quite a bit after rains a few days ago further upriver in the watershed. The Dungarvon and Renous have also come up a bit too, although the Bartholomew here in Blackville didn't get any raise to speak of at all. A few people have commented on seeing fresh schools of salmon coming in on the Southwest Miramichi. We also had an angler tell us he caught a grilse Monday on the lower section of the Dungarvon.
Canoeing has been O.K here on the lower section of the Miramichi but with this raise in water levels it should be quite good for the next few days.
The full moon over the past few days and raise in water levels has brought sightings of salmon moving in the river. The forcast is for another week of warm weather. We should be getting a break soon and hopefully things will cool down. When that happens I expect the fishing will pick up quite fast. Will post as I hear more.
Sunday July 29th, Fishing Report.
Fridays rain didn't add up to much here in the Blackville area but further up in the watershed it must have had a good rain as it did bring the river levels up a few inches. This morning it is cloudy with showers and thunderstorm warnings are out for this area.
A group of us did our annual evening canoe run Friday night under the full moon. A beautiful evening with lots of activity on the water. Hatches, beaver, cottage owners sitting out on their shores with camp fires were all along the river enjoying a summer evening under a full moon. We didn't see any salmon moving but that doesn't mean they aren't coming in. I wasn't around yesterday to talk to the anglers coming into the tackle shop. There are still lots of sightings of salmon at the mouth of cold water brooks.
The forcast is showing a break in this heat wave in another week. Hopefully we will get that break to cool things down. I will post as I hear more.
Monday July 23rd, Fishing Report.
We just got word all rivers in the Miramichi watershed will be closed between 11:01 AM - 6:00 AM. For the time being we will only be able to fish early mornings.
Todays weather is quite muggy with rain. The humidity is high and will continue according to the forcast for the next couple of days. The rivers are low and the bump in heights from last Tuesdays rain didn't last long. We continue to hear from anglers and canoers of seeing Salmon all along the river at the mouth of brooks, springs, etc. Rain is also in the forcast later in the week. We also have a full moon friday night so most of us are hoping for a change in weather and fresh runs of salmon. We seem to have had a steady trickle of Salmon coming in so far in the month of July so it will be interesting to see if during a full moon we will continue to see this trend. I will post if I hear more.
Friday July 20th, Fishing Report.
Last evening I had a look at the river and it is still up from the rains Tuesday. We had good rainfall upriver and it has brought the river up and some customers are commenting they have been seeing salmon moving. Though we didn't get as much rain here it did rain quite hard further up in the watershed. We haven't heard anything on a change in the fishing yet. As we get anglers coming in today and over the weekend we will probably hear more on that. The next two days are going to be warm. The river temperatures were 20C this morning. With higher water it will help during any warmer weather. I will post when I hear more. Have a good weekend.
Tuesday July 17th, Fishing Report.
We seem to be in another heat wave. Although last week the forcast was for rain and cooler temperatures for this week we didn't get it. River temperatures are raising and water levels are dropping making the fishing slow. There have been a few reports of anglers hooking into Salmon but with the major cold water pools closed we are not hearing of much action on the river.
Last week we heard of a lot of sightings of Salmon moving up the river and quite a few happy anglers. (Myself included).The cold evenings we had made for good fishing in some pools. The fish are there but we need rain and cooler temperatures. Most of the anglers we are talking to are hoping for rain and cooler temperatures. Guess we will just have to wait this one out.
The Blackville Splash Down is this coming Saturday. (An annual canoe run put on by the Blackville Fire Dept.). This is a relaxing run in support of the Fire dept from Mouth of Cains to the Park in Blackville. This is a great event where locals and cottage owners along the river come together and enjoy the river. Will post if I hear more on the river. Enjoy the week.
Real Time Hydrometric Data, DFO, Province of New Brunswick
Miramichi River Environmental Assessment Committee Flow Data