Fish­ing sea­son draws to a close

South Shore Breaker - - Homes - CAR­ROLL RAN­DALL REEL TIME [email protected]

Well, fish­ing sea­son has drawn to a close and I want to re­flect on what I have heard from an­glers around the prov­ince. In most cases, I’ve heard that fish­ing was pretty good.

I heard that trout fish­ing in lo­cal brooks, rivers and lakes was good. Bass fish­ing was great, chain pick­erel was just OK, mack­erel fish­ing was very good, shad fish­ing in the Val­ley was good and striped bass around the prov­ince was also very good.

Salmon fish­ing has turned into a com­plete hit or miss. There are fish around, and if you are on the river af­ter the wa­ter lev­els reach the right depth, you will catch fish. What I mean by that is each river has a cer­tain level that salmon will move up the river. When that level is reached you have a very good chance of hook­ing some fish. When you live three to five hours away from the good salmon rivers, it is very hard to be at the right place at the right time.

We had nine men fish­ing with us from Oct. 24 to 28. We fished four rivers and we only hooked and re­leased two salmon 10 to 12 pounds and hooked and lost one grisle.

So, what do we do now? There are still op­por­tu­ni­ties to go fish­ing. I am not go­ing to list all of the places you can still fish, but I will re­fer you to the Nova Sco­tia An­glers’ Hand­book once again. Each county has at least one lake where trout are avail­able to be caught and is open all year round. These lakes are open for ice fish­ing as well. There are sev­eral lakes in each re­gion that are open with ex­tended sea­sons. Mostly bass fish­ing, but they are open un­til Mon­day, Dec. 31. Make sure that you check the bag lim­its for this time of year be­cause they have changed since the sum­mer. Re­mem­ber, check­out the Nova Sco­tia An­glers’ Hand­book and you could be fish­ing all fall and win­ter.

I do not fish much af­ter the end of Oc­to­ber, but some of my friends do and they had a great day chain pick­erel fish­ing the first week­end in Novem­ber. A few years back, a group of friends de­cided it was such a nice New Year’s Day that they took their ca­noes out and went fly fish­ing at Sucker Lake. They had a great day and all went home with their limit and had fresh trout for sup­per.

The Nova Sco­tia Cer­ti­fied Guides are plan­ning their 2019 sea­son so keep a look­out for out­door shows this spring. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit no­vas­co­


De­spite the sea­son be­ing of­fi­cially closed, there are still op­por­tu­ni­ties to go fish­ing in the prov­ince.

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