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Anglers Report
August 30, 2001
{Author: Jim Crewe}



Water levels are O.K. on the main stem of the Gander. Southwest Gander
River and all tributaries are still closed and will not re-open.
Northwest Gander is open for angling.

Please note that the season closes on Friday September 7th. The main
stem of the Gander (from Gander Lake to Gander Bay) will remain open
until October 8th for release fishing only.

There are fish still being caught, but they are now scarce. Most of the
salmon are now at their spawning grounds getting ready to spawn the next
generation of salmon for the Mighty Gander. The spawning process usually
begins around mid October.

Again this year, GRMA ( Gander River Management Assoc.) will be
conducting spawning surveys on selective tributaries of the Gander
River. As well, over the summer we in partnership with DFO Habitat
branch, surgically transplanted 25 salmon with radio transponder tags.
This will allow us to track these fish in October to see where they are
spawning and to see if grilse use different areas then large salmon. In
February, we will again track these fish to see where they are over
wintering. This study will allow us to better understand the spawning
and over wintering areas of these fish.

As I write this, we are also studying Dead Wolf Brook ( a tributary of
S.W. Gander ). This brook has 4 waterfalls that impede the migration of
salmon on this system During the mid 90's, we constructed fishways
around these falls to help the salmon reach their old and new spawning
areas. We are there now to see if our hard work is paying off. Over the
past weekend, we noticed lots of fish below the falls and witnessed 2
salmon above the falls. It's still too early to tell exactly how many
fish this system will receive as water levels are low. We'll let you
know the outcome.

regards,

Jim



 
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