Fishing season draws to a close
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 novascotia.ca.
Despite the season being officially closed, there are still opportunities to go fishing in the province.