Camp Bonaventure Fishing & River Report, June 20th to 26th, 2016

 

This past week has been the best of the season so far. Water levels, temperatures and conditions are slowly getting back to normal after two weeks of rainy weather. This weeks high tides brought  a nice rune of fresh salmon to all our rivers and fishing has been getting better with each passing day.  Our lower pools on the Bonaventure, Poirier and McGuire are fishing very well and giving up a few salmon each day. Billingsley Pool and Red Cliff are also holding good numbers of fresh fish. 

Sylvie LaLande plays a salmon under the watchful eye of Camp Bonaventure guide Jean Marc Poirier. 2016 is Jean Marc's 52nd year on the river! Congratulations Sylvie and of course Jean Marc.

Sylvie LaLande plays a salmon under the watchful eye of Camp Bonaventure guide Jean Marc Poirier. 2016 is Jean Marc's 52nd year on the river! Congratulations Sylvie and of course Jean Marc.

Water levels on the Bonaventure are  high for the last week of June, that being said, it's exactly what we want. Thirty cubic meters per second is about normal for this time of the season, we are now at 55. The Bony is clearing well and the higher water levels are allowing us to use canoes most everywhere. The Petite Cascapedia, a later river than the Bony and Grand is also beginning to fish well. Water levels are also higher on the Petite for this time in June flowing 36 cubic meters per second rather than the normal 20.  The big run of salmon on the Petite Cascapedia usually takes place in late June and early July. The Grand Cascapedia is fishing well and water conditions are near normal for this time of the season. The Grand could use a bit of rain to maintain its present levels. Salmon Branch and The Lake Branch are beginning to get low.

Bill Willson (right) and Camp Bonaventure guide Orrin Briard with a nice Bonaventure salmon. Congratulations Bill.

Bill Willson (right) and Camp Bonaventure guide Orrin Briard with a nice Bonaventure salmon. Congratulations Bill.

 Camp Bonaventure regular Doug Butcher with his first salmon of the year, nice one Doug!

 Camp Bonaventure regular Doug Butcher with his first salmon of the year, nice one Doug!

 

This weeks fly's of choice have been the Stone Ghost, Silver Rat and John Olin in sizes 4 and 6 . Spey fly's in sizes 3, 5 and 7 have also produced a number of nice fish.  Bombers are beginning to work, especially  Green, Dark Brown and Blue patterns.

Camp Bonaventure regular Mike Barnaby lands a beautiful salmon on the Bonaventure, Congratulations Mike!

Camp Bonaventure regular Mike Barnaby lands a beautiful salmon on the Bonaventure, Congratulations Mike!

Rick Ormstom with his first salmon of the year, way to go Rick!

Rick Ormstom with his first salmon of the year, way to go Rick!

 The weather man is caling for rain and showers on Tuesday and Wednesday and Thursday, nothing too drastic but just enough to keep fishermen happy.

 

Until next week,

Tight lines,

Glenn