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N.H. Weekly Fishing Report - April 22, 2010

Take Me Fishing!Welcome to a new season of the NH Weekly Fishing Report!

This is the first weekly fishing report for 2010. Each week from now through September, we’ll bring you fishing news and information from our regional fisheries staff, along with a link to the most current stocking report (during stocking season).

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North Country
We have been sampling pike out of Jericho and Partridge Lakes and they have been pretty sly. Capture rates have been low and the quick snowmelt has us wondering if we missed the spawn. We saw a huge one swirl by the net opening at Jericho and unfortunately our timing on the net adjustment wasn’t good since we scared him out of the net. DARN!!!! But at least we know they are out there.

Last weekend’s snow/rain event is keeping brook and river temperatures low and water levels elevated, which is good for the trout stocking. It helps to spread the fish out. Fish have also been stocked earlier in some spots, allowing them more time to acclimate to their new environment. This helps all of you wild trout seekers. Temperatures in the rivers up north are still in the low 40s, but flows are receding and fish are hungry, so head out this weekend and try your luck. --Dianne Timmins, Regional Fisheries Biologist

Lakes Region
Lake temperatures are rapidly warming up into the upper 40s and lower 50s. Smallmouth bass are cruising the shorelines and are becoming more active. Look for the white perch spawn to begin within 3 or 4 days at the usual spots -- Winnipesaukee River, Laconia, Smith River, Wolfeboro, and the Melvin River, Tuftonboro.

Trout ponds open on the 24th (Saturday) and insect hatches are way ahead of last year. Some real nice rainbows are being caught in high current areas of Winnipesaukee, check out Paugus Bay. --Don Miller, Regional Fisheries Biologist

Monadnock/Upper Valley
Fishing on the Connecticut River is heating up fast. Walleye have been biting below the dams and river mouths for the past month and will continue for about another month. The yellow perch have spawned in most southern NH setbacks and the largemouth bass and black crappie are starting to bite well in the coves and backwaters. --Gabe Gries, Regional Fisheries Biologist

Southeast NH/Merrimack Valley
Trout anglers should be very satisfied when the reel in a trout at one of the southeastern designated trout ponds (these waterbodies open on Saturday, April 24). Fish are larger than previous years as indicated by recent sample counts. Yearling brook trout and brown trout will be around 11 inches and about half a pound while yearling rainbow trout will be about 12 inches and average close to a pound apiece. Some of the stocked three-year-old brook trout will be over 17 inches and 2 pounds. Anglers pursuing other species should find bass, crappie, and panfish starting to become real active now. Try fishing shallow areas in dense vegetation. --Ben Nugent, Regional Fisheries Biologist

The recreational groundfishing season has begun in New Hampshire. Due to a delayed start of the federal Atlantic Cod season (April 16th this year), many anglers have been targeting and successfully landing large catches of haddock but have had to reluctantly release those keeper-sized cod with a frown on their face. Some reports have indicated that anglers are leaving the waters with as many as 15 to 20 haddock each before the 16th, but now that the Atlantic cod season is open anglers can keep 10 cod per day in addition, with a minimum length of 24 inches! Most of the cod and haddock fishing is occurring offshore near Jeffreys Ledge, but Atlantic cod CAN be found closer to shore this early in the season. --Kevin Sullivan, Marine Biologist


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