Stripers have been being caught for the past few days now on the Miramichi. It's still early and water is still cold so they are still around the city of Miramichi but there has been some pretty good fishing just above Eelground.
300,000 bass come in to the river to spawn - not all of them will spawn the same time . in last 5 years the spawn was on or around may 26-28 . last year fsihing was good the first week of june ( out door canada caught and released 200 + with many over 25 pounds )
Striper cup is 48 hrs earlier this year so we should be good to go .
general it is water temp that triggers spawning - should be a great may season for sure if water warms up quickly
At this time of year you should see small schoolies up river thinking they may get a head start ! Typical teenagers !
Cant wait for the striper cup
should be awesome time - with 50,000 $ up for grabs in cash and prizes !
300,000 was the number last year plus DFO estimates on the low side. In 2013 when I was director of natural resources(2010-2014) for Red Bank I met with DFO on a regular basis. I think that year DFO's official number was around 200,000 spawners but I was told then that the number was probably much larger-maybe double. They mainly estimate the population from the catches in gaspereau traps.
Really it's only seems early due to the fact that the ice left last week and we have had some nice weather so people have been out fishing. There are quite a few bass that spend the winter under the ice in Miramichi so they are the ones being caught now. As mercuryrules stated above it's water temp that triggers spawning. Last year by the end of May there were lots of bass being caught from Miramichi all the way up to the Red Bank bridge. My largest bass last season was around the 28th of May by the red bank bridge and was over 40 pounds. Spawning activity was good from end of May all the way to mid June and I had good fishing right up until mid July. With the population growing each year there are stripers staying up river longer and some staying in deep water water pools above even above the red bank bridge all summer into fall. Fishing just keeps getting better each year.
Out today with my wife. Saw a few caught, nothing overly big, most looked in the 2-3 lbs range, but we managed 3 fish all around 7.5 lbs in 5 hrs. No huge numbers but better than last week.
Water temps 47-48 F
Yes yesterday was slow. I launched my boat in Eelground but didn't stay out long as it was kinda rough. I then drove down to lower Newcastle and fished off the shore down towards Gordon's wharf. There were a few being caught there and I stayed for an hour and landed 6. After that I tried the other side of the river in loggieville. Fished off shore just past middle island and caught a few more. Nothing over 10 pounds with most being 3-5 pounds. Probably be another week or two at the most and bass will start moving up towards Cassillis-Red Bank. As long as the temps warm up the bass fishing should be really good soon. Water is really low for this time of year so it should warm up pretty quick.
The bass are all the way up to red bank bridge and further. They were splashing everywhere tonight by the bridge and was pretty well hooking them every cast. There were bass splashing aroumd right up to the oxbow below Debbie Nortons lodge.
What's the best go-to lure? I'm going to try for my first time ever next weekend? Also do you troll to find them? Just just find the top water action? Anything around redbank I need to look out for for hazards?
swimbaits swimbaits swimbaits, cheap easy and will catch 50 fish before exploding. large paddle tails almost any color youll be doing alright. As far as top water action, you wont see much yet, at least we havent during the day. I get bored of trolling, but your odds of hooking into something other than a bass go up im guessing.
Move around and test things out, id keep a paddle tail on the end of my line 95% of the time till i got sick of catching fish and you wanna just play
Yup any kind of swim bait with the paddle tail. I use the Storm Wildeye live Herring baits that come in package of four-5 inches long and 1 ounce. I have a tackle box full of other hooks but pretty well only take that one off to put a new one on after the bass have tore it up. There are some blocks(old piers) just under the surface at low tide from the Millbrook to the red bank bridge. All kinds of bass this eve over 20 pounds being caught by everyone right at and below the red bank bridge. Bass splashing everywhere around 8pm as tide was going out.
I should say that fishing up towards red bank bridge peaks as tide is on it's way out to complete low tide. When the tide is high I usually go down towards Cassillis. This heavy rain will prob slow the bass bite in Red Bank a bit as it will certainly cool the water a little and when that happens the bass drop down a little further into deeper water.
Planning to drive over Wednesday or Thursday and shore fish. Only place I've fished in the past has been Strawberry Marsh and wondering if anyone can suggest places where I should have better luck as I've had pretty poor luck there. thanks