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There are landlocks in Big Oromocto and Maguagadavic lakes which are both about an hours drive from Freddy. A little further away is Palfrey and Spednic lakes. I've also heard that Skiff lake is good but never fished it before. Ofcourse trolling is the most popular method, fly's that I use are silver smelt, mickey finn and the oromocto orange.

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I was out once this year in big oromocto with no luck. Is there any part of that lake that u have found better for them? I tried a few flys one was a gray ghost i forget what else i used but i tried a buch of different ones , i also tried some jointed rapelas i heard they were good for them too, have u had any luck out there trolling for them this year?
 

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On BIG OROMOCTO I have had some luck this year all small landlock 16 to 18 inch. The streamers I used were grey ghost mickey finn or the clown rapala. The best tip I can give is if you catch 1 stay in that spot you will more than likely get another.
 

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Ya Big Oromocto can be tough at times and very rewarding at others. If they quit stocking the lake for a few years then generally the LLS fishing plummetts with in a few years. The best advice that I could give is to be persistant, I've had good fishing all day in the spring and in summer I usually try to go either in the early morning or evening. However my biggest LLS was caught around the end of June at high noon in a high traffic area if the lake. It all comes back to the put your time in thing. If it's a choppy dark day then we used to fish all day sometimes. You can launch at lane 6, but it is private and has limited parking, also it's about the only place where people who don't own a camp can take their kids swimming so be concious of all this when your launching there. Also the launch at the south end is in decent shape just a bit more of a drive, but sometimes if it's a little on the rougher side I'd sooner drive down there than try to navigate the entire length of the lake. I've heard of people driving in from the Tracy side and launching in the inner basin (near the outlet) but I've never driven in there and can't speak to the condition of the road. It can be a tough lake on props so if anyone is not familar I'd say take your time and make use of your GPS to mark shallow areas and rocks that can pop up from no where a heck of a long ways out from shore.

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Ya Big Oromocto can be tough at times and very rewarding at others. If they quit stocking the lake for a few years then generally the LLS fishing plummetts with in a few years. The best advice that I could give is to be persistant, I've had good fishing all day in the spring and in summer I usually try to go either in the early morning or evening. However my biggest LLS was caught around the end of June at high noon in a high traffic area if the lake. It all comes back to the put your time in thing. If it's a choppy dark day then we used to fish all day sometimes. You can launch at lane 6, but it is private and has limited parking, also it's about the only place where people who don't own a camp can take their kids swimming so be concious of all this when your launching there. Also the launch at the south end is in decent shape just a bit more of a drive, but sometimes if it's a little on the rougher side I'd sooner drive down there than try to navigate the entire length of the lake. I've heard of people driving in from the Tracy side and launching in the inner basin (near the outlet) but I've never driven in there and can't speak to the condition of the road. It can be a tough lake on props so if anyone is not familar I'd say take your time and make use of your GPS to mark shallow areas and rocks that can pop up from no where a heck of a long ways out from shore.

Bill G.
Whats your biggest LL from Oromocto Bill?

My favorite flies on BO are the greyghost, Oromocto Orange and the Mickey Finn. For lures try rapalas (orange or original
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Ya Big Oromocto can be tough at times and very rewarding at others. If they quit stocking the lake for a few years then generally the LLS fishing plummetts with in a few years. The best advice that I could give is to be persistant, I've had good fishing all day in the spring and in summer I usually try to go either in the early morning or evening. However my biggest LLS was caught around the end of June at high noon in a high traffic area if the lake. It all comes back to the put your time in thing. If it's a choppy dark day then we used to fish all day sometimes. You can launch at lane 6, but it is private and has limited parking, also it's about the only place where people who don't own a camp can take their kids swimming so be concious of all this when your launching there. Also the launch at the south end is in decent shape just a bit more of a drive, but sometimes if it's a little on the rougher side I'd sooner drive down there than try to navigate the entire length of the lake. I've heard of people driving in from the Tracy side and launching in the inner basin (near the outlet) but I've never driven in there and can't speak to the condition of the road. It can be a tough lake on props so if anyone is not familar I'd say take your time and make use of your GPS to mark shallow areas and rocks that can pop up from no where a heck of a long ways out from shore.

Bill G.
Hi Bill,

How do you get to the south launch? Do you go down tweedside road? Does it go directly to the launch, or do you need to take a side road? I'd love to fish this lake, but never knew where there was a public launch.

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HI Bob If you take the tweedside Rd keep going till it turns to gravel at the Y stay to the left the boat launch is on your left. The last time i was there there was a big sighn showing you where to go. As far as the road condition not sure. But like Bill said watch out for the rocks even in the middle of the lake. Hope this helps Gentle Jim
 

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HI Bob If you take the tweedside Rd keep going till it turns to gravel at the Y stay to the left the boat launch is on your left. The last time i was there there was a big sighn showing you where to go. As far as the road condition not sure. But like Bill said watch out for the rocks even in the middle of the lake. Hope this helps Gentle Jim
Thanks Jim. I use a kayak, so I'm not too worried about the rocks in the lake. However, I drive a mini-van so I do worry about the rocks on the road.


Thanks! I'll definitely be checking it out this year.
 

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Yeah GJ - I was just curious...I've been fishing Big O for 25yrs and the biggest we've ever caught was 24" - and we've caught a pile of them over the years. My biggest was 23" - 4lbs and was caught late August.
 

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my biggest from Big Oromocto was 22 inches, althought I've heard reports of fish up to 26 inches. I had one on once (in the mid 90's)for a few minutes that came straight out of the water about 20 feet behind the boat and it looked like a 3 footer, but since I was quite worked up at the time we'll shave a foot off of it. Hook pulled out before I could get it in the boat. Trolled right back over the same spot and landed a 20 incher. Harvey lake used to have some brutes in it before the fish kill about 5 years ago, that coupled with that 5 year stocking gap pretty well wiped out that lake, and it's a shame as it has a really good smelt population which can feed alot of fish. However I did hear this spring from one person that there was a smelt die off and when I was at the camp I saw a dead bass (good sized one) floating by. I'm wondering if Harvey lake had another fish kill this year? That lake used to produce some trophy LLS and Bass now your lucky to catch a few yellow perch, oh ya it has a really good chub population if anyones interested, my kids have a great time catching them off the dock.

As for the road condition getting into the south end of Big Oromocto, I was in once this spring with my RAV4, if the road conditions are dry and you take your time, driving around a few rocks that protrude from the middle of the road I think that you could take your van. But thats just me, as you might have to scrape a few alders to avoid those rocks.

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same thing happening in lake george this year too , i have a few friends that have cottages out there and i have seen a few good size bass that have washed up on the beach
 

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I'd have no idea why there would be a fish kill on Harvey lake, but it sure puts the brakes on the fishing, we went from having a trophy smallmouth bass fishery and a decent LLS fishery to nothing except for chub and yellow perch, with only a few small bass. That was five years ago, the lake was starting to recover with the bass getting a bit bigger and now I'm afriad it's happened again. I haven't fished the lake yet this year so I'm going on what has been related to me and the big dead bass that I saw floating in front of the cabin. Maybe I'm wrong, time will tell.

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Bill, I heard today on the radio about the fish kill at Mactaquac which they said was mostly gaspereau. This year on Big Oromocto - there has been alot of dead gaspereau also washing up on the shores...any idea what would cause this? I didn't think they died after they spawned do they?
 

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Bill, I heard today on the radio about the fish kill at Mactaquac which they said was mostly gaspereau. This year on Big Oromocto - there has been alot of dead gaspereau also washing up on the shores...any idea what would cause this? I didn't think they died after they spawned do they?
I saw then on Sunday morning as well, so I sent an email to DNR asking about it. This was their response:

"Thank you for taking the time to report your findings. We are aware of a number of dead gaspereau in that area of the headpond. We routinely receive reports of dead gaspereau this time of year and have received a number of similar reports from areas on the lower Saint John River and the Oromocto River system. Natural mortality of gaspereau during the spawning period commonly ranges between 5% to 20%.

I assume you observed only this one species among the dead fish you observed. This absence of other species of dead fish should confirm that no further risk exists (ie not caused by toxicity which would result in observation of a number of dead species)."
 
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