This spring has been a poor one for sports wanting to get out and catch a few fish and enjoy what Mother Nature has to offer. The spring salmon fishery was the worst in a long time because of severe flooding and poor weather conditions. It was one of those springs that got off to a late start and the salmon fishing was very erratic and it was hit or miss for most of the season. When the fish were taking, there were more salmon hooked than grilse. The reports I got told of salmon that were in great shape and fighting hard. I guess that would be the silver lining in a season like the one just passed. For my part, I never wet a line! It's been a long time since that has happened but I had flood issues of my own that persisted for a month and I don't relish the thought of fighting high water and running ice just to get on the water. It has to warm up sometime and when it does, I'll be there. Here at home the water is still unusually high and Moon Island is still covered with water. All the meadows are still flooded and it will be another 2-3 weeks before the water levels are down to a good fishable level. The local eel fishermen have their pots set already but I don't know how many they have been getting. I hope to get a report for next month.
Here at home on Salmon River, the water is still quite high and this has delayed the runs of most of the species we get at this time of year. The gaspereau have only been running for a short time and that also stalled the trout run which is just starting. Shad are just barely getting started and the white perch haven't arrived as of this writing. Prime time for white perch is around June 1st and we will be fishing for them sometime after that date.
Most years if we get the itch early for some brook trout fishing, we will head to one of the many beaver dams that dot the countryside around Grand Lake. Many of these spots have been fished for 2-3 generations of the Bauer and Hargrove families and we can still get a mess of trout and and a feed of fiddleheads to go with them. My son Curt has been showing his girlfriend Erica some of the spots we fish and she has really been enjoying her outings.