This website is designed to introduce the book Closing the Season, Salmon Fishing on the Miramichi and Cains Rivers, and to share with my fellow Atlantic salmon devotees information about the Miramichi River’s Atlantic salmon fishery.
Closings, as it has become known between Duncan Barnes – editor-emeritus of Field and Stream Magazine – and myself, is available directly from me through this website. If you request, I will be happy to sign your book to you personally.
Also, no matter where you buy Closings, if you want me to sign it, just send it to Brad Burns 18 Merrill Rd. Falmouth, Maine 04105 along with $8.00 to send it back to you. I’ll write either my name or whatever special message you may want.
Do you have any questions for me about the Miramichi or Atlantic salmon fishing in general? Just e-mail me and I’ll do my best to provide you with a thoughtful answer. If I don’t know the answer I’ll try and point you in the direction of someone who does.
Check out my blog from time to time for regular updates on the Miramichi salmon fishery in both the on and off season.
The Department of Fisheries and Oceans “DFO” salmon counting trap at Millerton on the Southwest Miramichi River is finished reporting for the year. I have put together a spread sheet below that has the number of grilse on one tab and salmon on another for each of the bi-weekly reporting dates throughout the season. I have also charted the counts throughout the season. I’m not, …Read More →
Click on any of the photos to enlarge. Since I’m now fully retired from the 9 to 5 world, and I spent the last 5 weeks of the Atlantic salmon season at my camp on the Miramichi. I was there long enough that coming home seemed a little strange, though being back with my wife June helped ease the withdrawal symptoms. That I was salmon fishing three days ago seems a little far-fetched when, …Read More →
Recent Happenings The big news is that due to sufficiently cooler weather DFO opened up the listed cold water pools to salmon fishing on 4:00 PM this past Tuesday afternoon. I don’t know about other parts of the river, but I do know that in the general vicinity of the mouth of Cains, and the main stem of the lower Cains, that there have been a significant number of fish holding in the, …Read More →
Weather Update Anyone who lives along the East Coast corridor doesn’t need me to tell them about the once-in-30-year high pressure system that has kept us, and continues to keep us, in a flow of incredibly warm, humid air. It appears that this is with us through mid-month, though there is some forecast cooling of temps both day and night so that salmon may not be in as much danger as they have, …Read More →
First Nation’s commercial striped bass fishery approved. An article in the Miramichi Leader recently reported that the Natoaganeg First Nation’s band “Eel Ground” has been granted approval by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans for a commercial striped bass fishery with a quota of 50,000 fish per year. The details of the distribution are unclear at this time, but the times when the fishery will be conducted are in late May/June and then, …Read More →
Hot Fishing After one of the better June’s in a few years we ran out of luck, or at least most of it. July has been hot, but it is the timing of that heat that has been the killer. It actually began the last day of June, and just as the heart of the summer run was scheduled to arrive we had a week of 30C range temperatures. Salmon fishing ground to a, …Read More →
I’m back in Maine after a couple of weeks of June salmon fishing on the Miramichi. I’m going to ride out the heat wave here and then head back up, hopefully at the end of the week. The short of the report is that this June was encouraging. With two or three of us fishing most days we put 8 beautiful chrome fish in the net and contacted quite a few others. That is certainly, …Read More →
Conservation: The Greenland Deal Here are some excerpts from a recent Atlantic Salmon Federation press release: “A deal has been reached that will halt commercial salmon fishing in Greenland and the Faroe Islands for the next 12years to allow adult wild Atlantic salmon to return to rivers in Canada, the United States, and Europe. The financial details are being kept confidential, but Atlantic Salmon Federation spokesman Neville Crabbe said no government money, …Read More →
Seems a little strange to be writing about the tipping point – that time between spring salmon and the first bright fish on the Miramichi – when not much more than a week ago it was cold, and the water level was near flood stage. But it’s different now. The Miramichi is down to just over 2 meters in height which is a reasonable level for mid-May. I just spent a few days up at, …Read More →
The weather and fishing – Spring has finally come to the Miramichi valley. As those of you living in the Northeast know, it was a crazy winter. We had a snow cover in coastal Maine from virtually the first of December until well into April. They still have it in parts of inland Maine. One true Blackville gray beard told me that it was the most snow he had seen in the woods, …Read More →