Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The best of the Spring Sturgeon may be over

51 Inch caught and released on Saturday.  Congrats Remi!
Water levels have risen considerably in the Kennebecasis with the river almost touching Norton Shore road in places.   With the rise in water, the sturgeon have much more area to explore, with large fields of wild bushes now several feet underwater.

First ever sturgeon for Kaitlyn, great job!
Peddling up the main channel of the river using the Humminbird Helix 5 SI fish finder, I no longer am able to mark any schools of sturgeon as I was prior to the rise in water levels.   There are scattered sturgeon here and there but nothing like we seen just 2 weeks ago.   As such, everyone has been fishing this past weekend in our traditional location around the mouth of the Hammond River.

On Saturday there must have been 15 or more people out there.   Many in kayaks but a hand full of boats as well.   Some people didn't hook into any sturgeon while others caught several.    While I can't estimate the total number of fish landed (somewhere north of 30), I do know at least 3 fish were caught that broke the four foot mark, which is tremendous any day of the year!

That look of satisfaction for landing her second sturgeon of the day!
I got out again on Monday morning, a cold day with a couple and between us we only landed 3 sturgeon.   Fortunately, none of the three were landed by myself.    Given our difficulty in finding fish and the water levels, I would believe at this point the Spring Sturgeon season may be drawing to a close.
And another first ever sturgeon!   Congrats!
It has been a great couple weeks but oh so short.   That being said, the regular fishing season is on now and there are lots of other places to wet a line!   In the next couple weeks I'll be hitting rivers and ponds looking for the odd trout, but really I'll be biding my time for Shad season to begin!   Come mid-May, the Shad fishing season should be starting and that is a really wonderful time to be out on the river!

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