Fishing Destinations - New Brunswick
Below is where you'll find some of the best fishing destinations in New Brunswick. There are a lot of them and we will continually be adding to this list. Want to add your fishing lodge to the list? Contact us!
The Miramichi River, which runs 250 kilometers across New Brunswick, is famous for its Atlantic salmon. In point of fact, there are more Atlantic salmon in the Miramichi River than in any other river in North America. There is even a museum about Atlantic salmon in Doaktown. The best time to catch these fish is in July, when they are actively feeding in preparation for spawning. A good way to locate the deep pools where your chances of success are highest is to set out in a small boat or canoe.
In addition to its Atlantic salmon, this 113-kilometer-long Miramichi tributary is notable for its sea-run brook trout. Some of the largest brookies in Eastern Canada can be found in the Cains, with some reaching 4.5 kilograms (10 pounds). Paddling in search of a deep pool is your best bet, just like in the Miramichi. This is especially true in the River's upper reaches, where much of the lower river is private property.
Saint John River
Although the Saint John River is home to a number of different species of fish, its striped bass are what set it apart. Some people claim that this is the best place in Canada to target these sea-run fish. More 20-pound and larger bass are caught in Saint John each year than in all of Atlantic Canada combined. The unofficial Canadian record bass, which weighed more than 62 pounds, was taken from this river in 1979, and a 48-pound specimen was taken from it in 2008. Along with the smaller shortnose sturgeon, the Saint John is home to a singular Atlantic sturgeon fishery.
The Restigouche welcomes approximately 15,000 to 20,000 salmon each year and draws anglers from all over the world as it flows through the northwestern part of New Brunswick and into Quebec. Restigouche salmon are known for being aggressive and fighting hard when hooked. Regardless of your success rate, reeling in a 9-14 kg salmon is common, and the river's clear water and tranquil atmosphere make the entire fishing experience unforgettable.
Bay of Fundy
The Bay of Fundy is a sport fisherman's paradise, with some of the world's highest tides. Cod, flounder, haddock, mackerel, halibut, and Pollack are common targets, as are larger fish like Porbeagle sharks. The Bay of Fundy is also home to an active lobster and scallop fishery, as well as a thriving population of whales, porpoises, seals, and other marine animals. With the assistance of a fishing charter, your chances of reeling in one of these beasts, which average 2.5 m (88 ft) in length and weigh approximately 135 kg (300 lb), are much better.