The fall run of salmon has started on the Miramichi River and some nice fish are being caught in the MSW and her tributaries. If we have good water levels over the next two weeks, the fishing should be excellent. I will be making one more trip over to Doaktown and run the river from Carrolls and bring my gear and boat home for the winter. I expect to be spending more time fishing and guiding on the beautiful Miramichi in the coming years. My partner and I have a fully equipped,comfortable, three bedroom house in the heart of the best stretch of open water on the system. This location is perfect for doing float trips or wading and fishing pools close by. We are also a very short drive from the Cains River with it's world famous dark water pools.Since my partner and I are acting as guides as well as hosts, we can provide excellent opportunities for fishing sea trout and salmon at a very reasonable cost. Please feel free to contact me for details on fishing trips of one to five days duration. Here is a photo of a local guy, Mike T. with a nice fall salmon he caught recently. He said it still had sea lice on it so it must have been a fairly fresh fish.
Mother Nature was very generous with her bounty this year and there is a lot of food around for the animals and birds. The apple trees are so heavy with fruit that the limbs are breaking. There was also a bumper crop of blueberries. and raspberries this year. This is all good news for the critters but it can make it a little tougher when baiting fall bears. Black bears are gorging on food sources right now and many times they are reluctant to leave a natural food source until it has been depleted.
Kenny and I try to keep lots of bait at our fall bear baits. Each bait is actually in two parts. We have a bulk bait to keep them there and a "honey hole" bait that keeps them coming back for more. This system works extremely well for us and we always have some nice bears coming to our baits. All of the baits I've been tending in zone 17 have been hit hard and on a regular basis. What surprised me was how many nice bears were hitting the baits. From the few pictures I have so far on the cameras, it looks like there are at least three or four trophy sized bears and a few in the 200-300 lb. range. I can tell from their scat that some of the bears are still feeding at natural food sources but there are others that have our bait in their scat. The trick now is to try and hold these bears at our baits and hope they don't wander off or go to hibernation. Ken and I are sticking to our program and keeping our fingers crossed.as the season unfolds. Here are a few photos I managed to get off of my two screwed up cameras before I pulled them and reformatted them. I added a third camera on another bait so I should finally get some good photos with the right time and date.