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Gaspé Atlantic Salmon Trip Report

Hey everyone,

Just got back from my annual trip to the Gaspé and wanted to share a report and photos. We fished for two weeks on the Matapedia, Grand Cascapedia, and Bonaventure.

In short, conditions were very low and hot. Day-time temps were often in the 80s, with them creeping into the 90s on some days. Water temp in Mirin on the Bonnie was 70 one mid-morning. It rose to 72 on the Salmon Branch of the GC one day (we stopped fishing), and was otherwise often in the low to mid 60s, with some morning temps being in the 50s. Flows were also low, with the Cascapedia between 10-12 -- a level I had not seen before.

On the slip side, with low levels and clarity we saw lots of fish. Rose a ton, hooked a few, and landed even fewer, but had a great time.

On the striper front, I caught a striper at the covered bridge at Routhierville. Not good.

Here's some photos, and a full trip report on my site.
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Of course, as soon as we were packing up our bags the forecast started calling for lots of rain. Looks like the river flows are up. Hope some of are you are up there now or about to head up there!

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Ben,
Great story and pictures of your 2018 trip to the Gaspé. My friend Bob Richard and I were there during the last week of June and fished the Petite Cascapedia and the Bonaventure. We had decent water flow and temperatures. The fishing was decent as well, but it seemed as though we were a few weeks too early. The salmon finally started to come in during the last days of June.

Hope to see you on the river again.

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That was not a bad cast. I was just casting to the nearby fish.
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Very nice report Ben
That is is a fantastic photo with the salar
Great to see that you still had success ... very tough conditions you faced.


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Ben Hello and thanks for the great photos. The pic of you, I assume, looking up river on the Routhierville Bridge is a familiar one. The first house to the left is Harry Huff's and I and two prtners, have recently purchased Le Chappel two doors up. Next year LeChapple will be a self catering, No Kill, camp that can sleep four. we will be charging about $125.00 per person with WiFi and maid service. please pm for more details.

Please stop in this fall for an adult beverage or cup of joe.

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Doug: Good to hear from you again! Glad you got up there again. Seems like we hit the timing well re. the run of fish, just not the weather and flows. This week and next look pretty good... Hope all is well!
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Thanks, Bill. I was up there with Dave Cole, who has been going to Rusher's for years, and we actually stayed in La Chapel -- so thanks for hosting us! Love that place, and hope to come back more. Thanks for the invite. Would love to take you up on it.
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Very nice report Ben
That is is a fantastic photo with the salar
Great to see that you still had success ... very tough conditions you faced.


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Cheers Mike -- it was a fun trip, even with the conditions. I always love it up there. Just wish I got up there more!
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Cheers Mike -- it was a fun trip, even with the conditions. I always love it up there. Just wish I got up there more!
Absolutely, I hear you loud and clear about more opportunities for fishing adventures
Some of my fellow salmon brothers get opportunities to hunt salar more than once a year and I'm very jealous !!
I've made the decision that I will no longer "wish I was there" ... next year will be different my friend


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Great thread Ben. That is one of my favorite places on earth and you sure brought it close to home!! Thanks.....

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Nice report Ben,

A striper in routhierville, wow, now that is quite upsetting I must admit.

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Great thread Ben. That is one of my favorite places on earth and you sure brought it close to home!! Thanks.....
Glad you liked it! And it's one of my favorite as well.... Only wish I could go up there more often!
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Nice report Ben,

A striper in routhierville, wow, now that is quite upsetting I must admit.
Agreed. Just started working on an article about the issue of striped bass on the Gaspe and on the Miramichi, vis a vis the problems they're causing / could cause for salmon, and how the DFO has (mis)handled the situation. More to come!
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