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What are the unlimited rod sections like on the various rivers and in particular York,Dartmouth, St Jean? I would suspect and have been told they get alot of pressure and are hard to get the salmon to take. And when they do the pools are rushed with anglers. Another source says he heard different and is willing to plan a trip around 48hr draws and unlimited stretchs? Is it worth it?
 

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It really depends when you are there. During the shoulders of the season (late May until 2nd week of June, and after labour day), the open water sectors can be great and not heavily pounded. During prime time, not my cup of tea - being the first rod on the pool means camping out at 3am.
The other thing to consider is that fishing the open water and 48 hour draws gives you flexibility to move to where the fish are. Nothing sucks like winning the Nov. draw, selecting a great zone, then come your fishing day, there's not a fish in the whole sector because the river is way up or way down and the fish aren't holding in those pools. This can especially true during spring and fall.

My best day last year was in an unlimited zone on the York (in early June) - I landed two fish, one an 18lber and the other more than 30lbs with less than an hour between takes, with no one except my fishing partner in sight.
 

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BTW, forgot to mention that there is no open water on the St Jean - only sector 1 (wadeable), sector 2 (canoe beat) and the Pavillion water.
 

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Since you'll be driving by the Matapedia on your way ,check in with the office in the town of Matapedia and see what they say about the runs . Drive around the back and check out the pool below the bridge .If it looks anyway fisheable DO SO ;-) I'll echo Salvelinus' comments and head down before June 22nd after which catch and kill is allowed (until Sept1( ?)).
Is it worth it ? YEP .I'm heading down to the York,Dartmouth, and the John 3 seperate times this summer and only the July trip will NOT include public water fishing . If you're planning on later than mid June IMHO the public on the Bonaventure can be better than most drawn waters .
Cheers
 
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