Salmon and Trout Fishing: brook trout fishing
NEWFOUNDLAND TROUT FISHING
The Trout Fishing trip is a perfect way to discover the sport of fishing. Since Newfoundland's Brook Trout are much easier to catch than Atlantic Salmon, Newfoundland Trout Fishing is ideal for beginners and families. Come with us and enjoy a hot cooked meal beside one of our pristine lakes and discover the secrets of Trout Fishing from an experienced Newfoundland Trout Fishing Guide.
What To Bring
For your fishing adventure you need only to bring:
- fishing gear, rod and lures and or flies
- water proof clothing and boots
- fly oil
The Exploits River
A Spectacular Surge in Salmon
For Atlantic salmon, migrating inland from the North Atlantic Ocean, the cool, swift-flowing waters and rocky riverbeds of Newfoundland's largest watershed offer ideal spawning conditions. But prior to the 1950's, only about 10% of the Exploits River and its tributaries functioned as Atlantic salmon habitat. Natural barriers, such as the 43-metre waterfall at Grand Falls, and man-made obstacles - hydroelectric power plants at Grand Falls and Bishop's Falls and a dam at Red Indian Lake - prevented the salmon from using all but the lower part of the waterway.
A thriving Exploits commercial salmon fishery in the 1700's and 1800's was concentrated at the mouth and lower stretch of the River, with nets and weirs used to block the upstream run. Aggressive harvesting techniques near the coast were so successful that by the 1870's stocks of salmon were showing signs of serious decline. The development of the pulp and paper industry at the lower end of the River in the early 1900's halted the commercial salmon fishery before the Exploits' stocks were completely destroyed.
Throughout much of the 20th century, the Exploits salmon run remained unremarkable. But In the past few decades it has increased dramatically, from a few hundred to as many as 33,000 in the late 1990's. The Exploits is now one of the most outstanding salmon rivers in North America, part of a legendary Newfoundland group of waterways that also includes the Gander and the Humber.
The remarkable surge in Exploits salmon is the result of several enhancement initiatives throughout the watershed:
- Fishway Installations - Since 1960, fishways have been built at Great Rattling Brook, Noel Paul's Brook, Bishop's Falls, Grand Falls and Red Indian Lake, providing spawning salmon with access to the lower, middle and upper sections of the Exploits.
- Stocking and Transfer - Between 1957 and 1965, 3,000 spawning salmon were transferred to the upper reaches of the Exploits, and ongoing stocking programs using both adults and fry have resulted in successful salmon colonization of several stretches of the river.
- Commercial Fishing Moratorium - The termination of the northern cod fishery in 1992 eliminated the by-catch of Atlantic salmon in cod fishing gear, resulting in a surge of migrating salmon into freshwater inland rivers.
- Pollution Control - Secondary waste water treatment at the Grand Falls pulp and paper plant, introduced in 1995 downstream of the Grand Falls fishway, has improved water quality by reducing suspended solids and biological oxygen demand (BOD).
- Sport Fishery Management - Strictly enforced bag limits and catch-and-release policies are applied throughout the watershed. Retention limits are adjusted to reflect annual salmon runs.
Angling Atlantic Salmon
Only the exact recipe of talent, skill, technique, and patience will land you the King of Sport fish; the Atlantic Salmon. By targeting a number of river systems and specific water pools we can produce the highest probability of tying those tags with kings. These trophy fish weigh on average from 4-7 lbs. Although we have seen numbers reaching 15 lbs from customers.
For Atlantic Salmon we recognize the respectful use of barbless hooks and promote 'catch & release' as suggested by Fisheries & Oceans, Canada. Although 'catch & release' is encouraged you are permitted to retain your catch if desired.
Angling Brook Trout
Brook trout can range on average from 2-3 lbs with occurrences of 5-6 lbs. Our guides can lead you to the most secluded, untouched lakes and streams our land has to offer. Whether by spin or fly, you'll experience an exclusive angling experience parred by no other. From tackle selection to environment, we can help you master the art and achieve a trophy catch you'll be talking about for months.
Our guides are adeptly experienced in reading water conditions and proper angling techniques. We can help you target, day-by-day which river systems you'll want to harvest. From boat or from shore, spin or fly, the options are yours.