TyBobBilly, you are on some prime real estate for small mouth; you do not need a boat either.Hey I'm in NB for the summer and was wondering if anyone could tell me where the best place for smallmouths would be in the Oromocto/Gagetown area.
I don't have a boat here so some good shore fishing spots would be appreciated.
That wouldn't suprise me. I had caught a 20 incher earlier this year. I had another good run about the same size if not bigger, but lost him when he made a big jump.i seen a an old women pull in a 24inch smallmouth on the cannan river yesterday its full of fish that size she said
24" would be in the 4 to 5lb range usuallyWife caught a 3lb 11oz smallie near gagetown yesterday. Was 20.5" long to the tip of the tail...Was a real nice bass though kinda skinny. Wouldn't a 24" bass be a NB record? Somewhere around 8lbs? Definitely some real good bass fishing in the SJ though.
4 lb 11 oz smallie few weeks ago, measuring 23 inches, and it would be what I call chunky.... seriously thought someone stuffed a football down it's gullet.Wife caught a 3lb 11oz smallie near gagetown yesterday. Was 20.5" long to the tip of the tail...Was a real nice bass though kinda skinny. Wouldn't a 24" bass be a NB record? Somewhere around 8lbs? Definitely some real good bass fishing in the SJ though.
Very well put LaurieTemperature is the most important factor that determines when Bass spawn. At or about 59 to 65 degrees they will start to spawn assuming that there eggs are ripe.There is no magic date or moon phase that triggers it ,you simply have to keep checking the water temp. I know alot of those on this site promote catch and destroy but fishing for spawning bass can be very hard on the population as the fish you are catching are mostly males that are protecting the nests which leaves the nest unprotected against predators and it can be destroyed while they are gone. It is not against the law to fish them during the spawn but it is to kill them. That is the reason that no tournaments are held during the spawn. Smallmouth fishing can be an enjoyable sport for all, Just keep in mind that the larger fish are the spawners and the future of the population and it takes about 20 years to grow an 18inch smallmouth so when you decide to take a couple home try the 14-15inch range, but it is not legal to kill them til after July 1st