My Brother-in-law dip nets Gaspereaux early May, they have a farm on the river and I know the smelts are approx 3 weeks ahead of the Gaspereaux. The weather is going to be warm for the next 8 to 10 days, could bring the smelt in within the next week or two.
B-in-Law is the Coldwell family, they've had the Farm handed down through the Family for a couple Centuries. They live in the little community of Gaspereaux itself. The kids net Smelts by the bucket full beside the bridge, across the road from the Gas Station, the young fellow caught a nice 12 inch Trout there while being a kid and just fishing, first cast!
Looking forward to another fishing season, definatly be talking to you, first day of Spring tomorrow.
Been fishing there for years. The smelts are usually up somewhere around the third week of April, give or take, the Gaspereau follow up a week ot two after. I would guess that the run will be early this year, given our weather. The Bridge that most fish at is the one right by Reids Meats. Great place to go , have a bit of fun and get a feed at the same time.
Thanks for the info Guest. I used to net them when I was a kid growing up in Ontario. All this talk of a feed of smelts has me watching the rivers already, I walked the Railyway trail in Kentville yesterday, never seen any big black shadows swimming up river yet but did see a few Trout break water which also got the stomach growling.
Walking the trail yesterday had me planning an outdoors meal, so far I'm thinking for Greens I'll pick some spring fiddleheads, meat I'll go with a feed of fresh smelts or trout and for the third item on the plate straight from the land.... not sure yet.
The place that most fish there is the Bridge right beside Reid's Meats in Melanson. Below the bridge is angling (Jigging) above is dipping. Best time to go, IMO, is at low water or when the river is just coming in. There is more room on the bank to jig, or if above to dip.
I always, I emphasize always, stay clear of it after schools is out or in the afternoons, on weekends, in the afternoons, when everyone is there. It becomes a tangled mess of lines. The area that most jig at is rather small, particularly when lots are there.
I was there this morning at 7ish, tide on the rise but still not to high there, I came and left with no one else there. Got a feed in 15 minutes.
The run has just started, so I was told, it is early, the fish were plentiful.
If you jig use a treble hook with a bit of weight, bring a few extras, lots of snags. DFO signage is on the telephone pole regarding limits for both smelt and Bass, although the signage appeared very aged?
Not near as muddy this year as in past. Was actually pleasant there this AM, not sinking up to the tops of my boots, the river changed with teh tides I guess. Can you fish with bait you ask , not sure, at least there? Never seen anyone do that there, the smelt are so plentifull that folks just jig them. However having said that, bait just might work, but there is lots of snags there.
Regardless, give it a shot, fun, a few fish and an event, entertaining if you watch some of the folks there, particularly if you have never been there.
wife and I were over to Reids bridge sat around noon, probably dozen peole "fishing" but not one single smelt. Had a chuckle at some of the casting but damn near froze to death so we left after half hour.