This is the first of two blogs that I intend to get out in the fairly near future.  This first one is largely to bring you up to date on what the experts that I’m talking to believe is going on with the salmon population of the Miramichi, and what needs to be done about it.  I’m also going to kick off the Miramichi Salmon Association US fundraising season by letting you know about, …Read More →

Fishing Friends: On September 20th, after Hurricane Lee passed, I drove from Maine back to the Miramichi to attend an MSA meeting.  The Blackville water gauge was broken for both water height and temperature.   The water height, though, was something like 2.5M – essentially unfishable – and it was still over 1.3M on October 1.  Every fish that we caught from September 20th on was caught up on the Cains.  We did try the, …Read More →

Fishing Friends: I drove back to Maine on Friday to wait out the raise in water coming from Hurricane Lee.  I plan to head back up in the middle of the week.  Fishing in moderately high water has been the hall mark of this season, but with an additional 50 to 100MM forecast to drop on top of the 1.6M in water height already showing on the Blackville gauge is a bit over the, …Read More →

Fishing Friends: Summer is getting a little long in the tooth.  This past Wednesday morning we were forecast to see scattered frosts around New Brunswick.  That was common 20 years ago, and frankly it feels right to me now.  Not that August has been all that warm a month this year anyway.   Thanks to MSA life-member Albert Putnam, I’ve now learned that water temperatures are now again available on the Blackville gauge.  Scroll down, …Read More →

Fishing Friends: The jury is still very much out on what has been so far a very strange season on the Miramichi.  Water levels have been persistently high all season with only the last week or so getting under 1 meter on the Blackville gauge, and then just barely.  You can refer to my early season Miramichi Salmon Blog on my Brad Burns Fishing website for more info on the June and early July, …Read More →

Fishing Friends: I’m recently back from a month on the SW Miramichi in Blackville.  I never missed either a morning or evening session for 30 straight days, and even my hands are sore from repetitive casting.  The lowest water that we experienced during the entire time was 1.1 M on the Blackville gauge which is still relatively high water.  Far more often the level was 1.5M or more.  I’ve seen much higher levels after, …Read More →

  In retrospect there was mixed news on the Miramichi spring fishing this year.  On the good side were reports of solid numbers of large salmon – something that I can vouch for myself – and that speaks well for last fall’s spawning.  There were also better numbers of 1 to 3 pound sea run brook trout than in most recent springs. Byron Coughlan of Country Haven reported the increased catches and said that, …Read More →

Fishing Friends: This is a really exciting time to be a Miramichi fisherman.  Spring salmon fishing is over for another year, but it is already early enough to be fishing for bright salmon.  Last year, Colin Gilks of the Miramichi Salmon Club in Blissfield, landed the first bright salmon of the season.  It was a real beauty: tiny head, thick powerful shoulders, a terrific specimen.  Colin’s fish would make the season for most experienced, …Read More →

  Fishing Friends: I’ve got a number of salmon news items today that I hope you’ll find interesting.  First of all is a report on the Miramichi spring salmon season.  The word is now getting out that 2023 was the best spring salmon season in some years.  I’ve been in touch with Country Haven, The Ledges, Upper Oxbow Adventures, Black Brook Salmon Club, Wilson’s plus individual fishermen, and they all report limit catches, often, …Read More →

Fishing Friends: It’s the best spring salmon season in some years according to Eddie Colford, the manager and head guide of the Black Brook Salmon Club.  I saw Eddie and his son Alex out on the river this last weekend, with their sports, BBSC member Frank Harrington, and his guest Ken Blomquist who had recently caught a 43.5-inch salmon. I also spoke with Rick Cunjak PhD who had been helping his UNB/CRI University of, …Read More →