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#1 Ailken

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Posted 24 January 2011 - 12:27 PM

Hi folks,

About 30 years ago, I smelted on musquodoboit harbour, but I was really young, and all I remember was climbing over a chain link fence (somewhere) to get to the fishing area.

Could anyone give me some pointers on where some good spots to go are?
I know, look for the huts, but the ones you see from the road are an awful long way out, must be 10 or 15 minute walk.
Are there other good areas there.

Also, what tides work best in this area?

I know some of us may not want to give all our secrets, but when it comes to smelting, another person or two isn't really going to make a difference.
I would really appreciate any help.

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Posted 24 January 2011 - 03:12 PM

I havent Been down in few years . We always parked on riverside / anderson rd. There was a chaind gate at the top of the hill and you walked down the field. Im not sure you can access the water from there or not now. Im not sure on ice conditions. High tide always was best for me small hooks sand worms or squid is my choice even lil red yard hangn from the hook helps. But rememeber the shore line breaks up when the tide comes in and can be tricky to get on/off the ice.
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Posted 25 January 2011 - 08:37 PM

Just wondering how the ice is coming in - has anyone been on the ice in Musquodoboit Harbour yet?
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Posted 25 January 2011 - 10:09 PM

i heard some guys wear heading that way today
but im not sure if their on the site
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Posted 26 January 2011 - 10:28 AM

I havent Been down in few years . We always parked on riverside / anderson rd. There was a chaind gate at the top of the hill and you walked down the field. Im not sure you can access the water from there or not now. Im not sure on ice conditions. High tide always was best for me small hooks sand worms or squid is my choice even lil red yard hangn from the hook helps. But rememeber the shore line breaks up when the tide comes in and can be tricky to get on/off the ice.


I had a look on Google and I think that is the spot, it looks very similar to what I remember.
Maybe I'll check it out sometime.

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Posted 28 January 2011 - 01:05 PM

i heard some guys wear heading that way today
but im not sure if their on the site

Hi Shienar / Tony,
Curious if you heard any more about ice conditions?
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Posted 28 January 2011 - 04:09 PM

I heard that on oyster pond the ice was safe n there hookin the smelts...its on the way to musky harbour..


Last I heard was a few weeks ago and they had just started fishing then, but it was hit and miss.

I plan to head down on Saturday and see how it is going.
If it is all good, I may take the family down on Sunday.

Not really sure what the reg's are for Oyster pond though, is it actually tidal waters, or is it a lake?

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Posted 28 January 2011 - 05:25 PM

Well..jus got word from freind on facebook who lives on the harbour..was all happy n said the harbour is frozen now..


Thanks for the info gentlemen - going to try and get down there on Sunday - PS did your friend mention if it was frozen for us 240 pounder's or just the lighter set.
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Posted 31 January 2011 - 09:58 AM

Well, spent the afternoon on Oyster pond.

We had a great time, brought some grub to "snack on" - couple pounds of mussles and a few deer steaks that we cooked up for snacks on the ice and the odd beverage.

The fishing was slow, we ended up with 16 between 4 of us and noone was skunked.
Even caught 3 frost fish and chucked them back.
None of the smelts were what I would call large.

There were more huts there than normal and everyone was doing about the same.
Good to see dads with their kids and most everyone just there to have a good time.

Some other friends were on Musq. harbour and they had about the same luck.
We just had a good time getting out and getting the lines wet.

May try Lahave next weekend, just because I haven't been down there yet.
I like the pond though, it is easy getting on and off since it isn't really tidal there.


How did everyone else do????

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Posted 31 January 2011 - 10:00 AM

Lol...gaurenteed if its frozen theres gona be more then 240 pounds total on that harbour..if she happens to post tomorrow how she did ill add it here..


There were loads of shacks and people out there on Saturday, but they were further East on the harbour than I remember.
Must have been 20 or 30+ vehicles parked there.

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Posted 31 January 2011 - 12:40 PM

Was on the ice on the east side of the harbour last evening - fished from 4 - 7pm must have been 30 folks fishing around me - fishing was very slow I caught 3 in three hours and I would guess that was about the average of the people near by - most folks had given up by 7. Not a lot of ice I would guess about 5 inches where we were.
I have had decent luck in that spot in the past, but as someone else mentioned - I have had better luck on the on the river side of the Harbour - but I think I will wait and hope for some more real chilly wheather before heading that way.
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Posted 05 February 2011 - 01:33 PM

I have been down fishing the last few days, with no action to really speak of. Heading out again this afternoon to try my luck. Will post the results tonight!
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Posted 12 February 2011 - 12:51 PM

I have been down fishing the last few days, with no action to really speak of. Heading out again this afternoon to try my luck. Will post the results tonight!

Hi Mick
Just wondering if you had ny luck when you were out.
Anyone else been out in Musquodoboit?
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Posted 18 February 2011 - 04:45 PM

Hello, Sorry for the late reply. The smelt are running heavy on the harbor now, i was out last night and caught 2 1/2 dozen. It would be easy to catch your limit given enough time.
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Posted 18 February 2011 - 06:28 PM

Hello, Sorry for the late reply. The smelt are running heavy on the harbor now, i was out last night and caught 2 1/2 dozen. It would be easy to catch your limit given enough time.

Thanks Mick,
I am afraid that I am going to be away for the next week . I was curious how the ice was doing - we have had some cold, but with all the snow I was wondering if it had thickened up alot ? Going to have to hope temperatures stay down a bit so the ice will hold up.
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Posted 24 February 2013 - 11:00 AM

Has anyone been down Musquodobit harbour way???

I had heard that the smelt fishing was nuts early in the season, then let up for a while.
Now I have heard some people mention that they are coming around again.

Was wondering if there is any stable ice left on Oyster pond or Musky Hrbr.
Would loike to get the kids out on some fish before the season is out.
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Posted 21 January 2015 - 08:33 PM

Anyone know how the ice is coming along in Musquodoboit Harbour?


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Posted 26 January 2015 - 05:55 PM

Anyone getting any smelts yet ?
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