The Tusket River Chapter of Trout Unlimited Canada is thrilled to announce that the Big Meadow Brook Project that we have been working on for four years has now entered it’s actual implementation stage and has become a Special Trout Management area.
The Province of Nova Scotia released the new Angling Regulations and for 2014 the regulations include the following:
Big Meadow Brook, Tusket River
Upstream from Highway 203 near East Kemptville, single hook lure or artificial fly, natural bait is prohibited, no speckled trout may be retained.
This is the first step in the ongoing special management of the trout on this system, one which we hope will lead to a better fishery on the watershed, and which will yield a more healthy river overall.
The Chapter has been working on this project for four years and has been studying the size and catches of trout for the last two years, and we have had input and results from dozens of people who have fished the river and have data on hundreds of fish. It is the Tusket River Chapter of Trout Unlimited Canada’s hope that with the catch and release only provision being in place the trout will grow larger and breed more efficiently,as the biology of the stream suggests it can hold more and bigger trout. This is the Province’s first Special Trout Management Area in Yarmouth, Shelburne or Digby Counties, and the Chapter looks forward to continuing to work with the Province to study the impact of the new regualtions.
The watershed is located on Highway 203, known locally as the Tin Mine Road, and the area for the Special Trout Management Area is upstream from the bridge that crosses Big Meadow Brook just east of the Tin Mine entrance., and it contains all of the watershed above (upstream) of this bridge. The area includes the tributaries, such as the managed release of water coming from the Tin Mine which is improved water being released from the old mine site by Rio Algom Ltd, who have cooperated completely with the TUC Chapter.
The Tusket River Chapter of Trout Unlimited Canada notes that while fishing is limited to single hook lures and artificial flies, another good step for anglers to take voluntarily is to also use barbless or de-barbed hooks in their fishing to enhance the required catch and release of fish. To make your fly or lure barbless, simply use a pair of pliers and squeeze the barb shut. This will allow anglers to quickly release the fish, which should be out of water for the smallest amount of time possible, if at all. Experienced anglers can use barbless hooks and release fish without ever having the fish leave the water, and without holding the fish and thereby impacting the protective coating on the fish’ skin.
For more information about the project, please contact The Tusket River Chapter of Trout Unlimited Canada.
Several members of the Tusket River Chapter TUC spent Easter morning at the Big Meadow Brook project. The creel survey which drew reports from 26 anglers and counted over 200 trout in 2012 is back and set up for 2013, and the project is in the Angler’s Handbook as a proposed Special Trout Management area for 2014. The project over-wintered well, and all signs were either repaired or replaced, the creel station was re-installed and the signage deisgnating the area upstream of the Highway 203 bridge as part of the Voluntary Creel Census area was re-installed. We look forward to partnering with the many anglers who made the project so successful in 2012, and hope the 2013 season allows us to move forward to the Special Trout Management area for 2014.
If anyone has comments or questions about the project, please contact one of our members, or Bill Curry, President Tusket River TUC.
Tusket River Chapter TUC Annual General Meeting March 29, 2013
Held at Port Maitland, NS
Meeting convened at 6:30 pm with the President, Bill Curry, in the Chair.
Present: Gerry Curry, Marsha Curry, Norma Curry Josh Salmon, Theo Salmon, Bill Curry (6 memebrs)
Regrets: Don MacPherson, Andrea McInnis, Ryan Surette, Michelle Wamboldt, Jerry Deveau, Kara Crowell, (6 members)
Agenda: Motion: Approved agenda
Minutes: The minutes of the 2012 AGM were noted and accepted
Treasurer’s Report: The income statement and balance sheet
The Income and balance sheet were distributed to the members.
2012 Budget: Need to approve expenditures for BMB Project, incl. Memberships and equipment (Signs, sheets,and kits) – approx. Much lower cost this time – basically upkeep – to $300.
TUC’s support of River Watch. TUC National has agreed to support the River Watch Program in Nova Scotia which we administer. This means that that item, and the monies from that program are no longer necessary to show as an expense to us, as we will simply submit the bills to TUC National. This means there is no budget item any longer for this activity – except that we shall, of course, show our expenses and the re-imbursement of same from TUC National. We are very pleased to have the backing of TUC National on this project.
Motion: Approve the Treasurer’s Report – motion made by Gerry and seconded by Norma – passed
Current balance $441.39
New Project on Big Meadow brook:
President and VP tour of Tin Mine courtesy of Mine Staff – report
Now in handbook – hand out handbooks, note new proposal
Comment on the past year and what the project discovered – stats on creel surveys
Comment on going forward for this year – continuation of the project, plans for 2014.
AIS update – Success! Meeting with Inland Fisheries staff April 10, 2013
River Watch training session and TUC building opportunity in April in Antigonish!
Motion: Approve the Presidents Report – passed by concensus .
New Business: None
Motion to adjourn – 7:15 pm