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kreid 01-05-2012 11:56 AM

rivers in only???
I am checking out Nerw Brunswick fishing as though I live in Scotland, I am likely to be there may and june 2012....from what I could see you have to have an authorised guide to be allowed to fish NB rivers???:eek:
Is that 100%, just so not like Canada! Would like to know if thats every river and all year as it appeared that certain dates were exempted......any one able to clear this one up for me? And any info regarding salmon/bass / stripers/ brookies/ crappies much appreciated! Fly or spin. Happy New Year.K.

gt05254 01-05-2012 01:07 PM

Re: rivers in only???
Non-residents must have a certified guide to fish any and all New Brunswick rivers. Class I guides can guide 3 non-residents at a time. And they charge for it. Class II guides can guide a non-resident, but are not allowed to charge. I am not aware of any exemptions, and I fish there from May to September.

By the way, fishing methods are vastly different between the months of May and June. If you plan on fishing in May, which is largely done from small boats, you better bring your woolies.

I've also sent you a PM.

kreid 01-05-2012 02:17 PM

Re: rivers in only???
thanks for the reply....does this mean all species as well. ie trout / bass etc?
PS, thats some fine fish and great shots on the blog!

Guest1 01-05-2012 02:31 PM

Re: rivers in only???

Originally Posted by gt05254 (Post 374531)
Class II guides can guide a non-resident, but are not allowed to charge. .

I take it that it's about impossible to get one of those. :confused:

wannafish 01-05-2012 02:59 PM

Re: rivers in only???
This link is to the fishing regulations handed out with a license. It's a little cumbersome to read online but it should have all the info. you need for New Brunswick fishing.

gt05254 01-05-2012 03:09 PM

Re: rivers in only???
Dan, I've actually spent so much time up there and through a couple forums as well, I've made good friends with a couple fellows that carry a guide II license, and fish with them on occasion. That's always fun, because I get to fish water I don't normally fish, even though its public (crown) water.

kreid 01-05-2012 05:22 PM

Re: rivers in only???
many thanks for that link, i will have to check it out.
I don't get this grade 2 guide though.....I mean, its their time, they gotta charge surely? Otherwise who does it? Ok if you know someone or have family there but you can't just pick up a phone, call fisherys central and get a grade 2 guide appointed!

wannafish 01-05-2012 05:31 PM

Re: rivers in only???
Yes I'm guessing the guide II is a provision for those who have relatives/friends outside the province who like to fish together on occasion.

kreid 01-05-2012 05:49 PM

Re: rivers in only???
those are one crazy set of rules. What you'd need is a big map showing which rivers you CAN fish! Why is this so different here ? Wouldn't be to make sure outfitters get as exclusive as dammit access to the rivers without the risk of "non payers" fishing their waters at the same time? Sorry if I appear sceptical, but I am from Scotland and here, this sort of thing happens in salmon fishing, just in a different way....many waters or beats had public access by ancient decree.....the biggest con being the no salmon fishing on a sunday rule....thats when the working man had his day off. Landowners, gentry and toffs could have any day, so "no sunday fishing" didn't affect them. But it kept the commoners off the water some of the time. Trout, pike etc fine fish for them on a sunday, they weren't a target species for the gentry anyway, but if they had been, that would have been banned on a sunday too.
Or am I being too sceptical?

gt05254 01-05-2012 05:57 PM

Re: rivers in only???
New Brunswick is a wonderful place to fish. Yes, Riparian Rights, as they are called, allow the owners of those riverbed rights to restrict access...except during the spring season. But then, there is the Crown Reserve system of Salmon pools. Only residents may apply to a draw to fish those pools; non-residents may not fish them under any condition. I really don't think the salmon fishing "rules" are very difficult to interpret. There is a hell of a lot of beautiful salmon water to fish in that province.

And I would say wannafish is on the money about the "why" of a Guide II license.


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