Monday, March 21, 2016

More Winter weather and what it means for sturgeon fishing

With only 4 more days to go till Good Friday and my first scheduled guided fishing outing of the year, Mother Nature is 'blessing' us with what is hopefully the last blast of Winter.   Apparently she didn't get the memo that as of this past weekend we are supposed to be officially into Spring!   This week is going bring more sub-zero temperatures before we finally crack into positive territory on Friday and the outlook for beyond Friday is pretty good.  

View from my home office this morning
This is actually a great thing for us sturgeon anglers who haven't been able to get on the water yet this month.   The water temperature itself is still very cold, probably nearly as could as it would be in a normal year when the ice would still be present.   Despite having the ice melt off a few weeks back, the temperatures haven't gotten very much above freezing lately, more often than not below freezing, especially at night.

With the water remaining quite cold, it means the sturgeon's body clocks are hopefully right where they should be for this time of year.   The sturgeon will all still be huddled together in their wintering holes not feeding but waiting for the temperatures to take an upswing.    Once the water hits a certain temperature our sturgeon will essentially 'wake up', start feeding heavily and begin to head out through the Saint John river system.  

April 26, 2014 - Personal record 54 inch sturgeon
Last year. a brutal and very long winter, sturgeon were being caught in healthy numbers well into May in sturgeon alley.    The year before we were catching many, including some huge ones, right at the end of April.   This year, hopefully the fishing will remain hot through the duration of April and perhaps again into the first week or two of May.

I have bookings now for every single weekend from this coming Easter weekend through to the end of April, but if you want to get out for a guided kayak fishing adventure for sturgeon in this coming month, let me know.   I may be able to fit in individuals with another group, or if you have a group of 3 - 5 people, we can look at a week day to get out.

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