As I write the last River Report for the season its hard to believe how fast time pasees. It seems like yesterday we were putting our boats in the river for the beginning of a new season.We are fortunate to have had another good season. The Bonaventure started on time but our water levels were high for the first two weeks. High-water made us work a little harder but we managed to do well, thanks to the our guides they found the fish. The Grand Cascapedia also did well, similar to the Bonaventure high water effected us in the beginning. The Petite Cascapedia fared well this season and returns were on time and in good numbers.
Benjamin Tondusson releases this nice salmon with Salmon Lodge guide Yvan Bernard (left) nice one Benjamin!
For the most part water conditions remained favorable throughout the season. A couple of weeks of low water in late July and August made fishing a bit more challenging, overall we received the rain we needed and fishing remained pretty consistent. September held its own and we did very well especially during the last week.
Joe Colletta landed this fine salmon on the Grand Cascapedia, congratulations Joe.
The fish counts on the Bonaventure in mid July and again in mid September showed good numbers of salmon in the river, fewer than a normal year but we did surpass spawning requirements. The same was true for the Grand Cascapedia where spawning numbers were also surpassed. The Petite Cscapedia did well and surpassed the required numbers of salmon. The high water after the spawn in 2010 effected the run this year. 2011 was a banner season so 2017 should be fantastic.
Peter Bennett landed this fine Grand Cascapedia salmon on his first day, congratulations Peter!
As we look towards the fall and winter it's nice to remember all the good times we have each season. Seeing all our repeat guests each year makes what we do very special. The relationships we've formed over the years are special to me, the staff and our guides. I wish all of you that have spent time with us a very pleasant fall and winter. Thank you for your loyalty to Camp Bonaventure & Salmon Lodge over the years. We look forward to seeing you again next season.
Stay tuned and check in with us over the fall and winter, we will bring you up to date with happenings at Camp Bonaventure and Salmon Lodge and news around the. Atlantic salmon world. Please feel free to contact me anytime if you would like to fish with us or you have any questions. Its always nice to chat about fishing during the cold winter months!
Until next time,