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N.H. Weekly Fishing Report - April 29, 2010

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North Country

One of the many benefits to the early spring is that stocking trucks got on the road a few weeks early this year. Those anglers that visited an opening-day trout pond on Saturday found the fish to be spread out, and wary. Warming water temperatures combined to make aggressive fish and comfortable conditions. Good reports came in from all North Country ponds like Little Diamond and Mirror Lake. Fishermen found the early ice-out helped create opportunities that don’t always exist in late April and the winter blues were quickly replaced with springtime trout fever! --Andy Schafermeyer, Regional Fisheries Biologist

Lakes Region

Trout pond fishing is great . . . Water temps in the low 50s have really started the insect hatches. A pond I fished in the lakes region was literally alive with trout rising for phantom midges. I used a black gnat wet fly to fool a few trout, but a well-placed dry fly (size 16) into the disappearing rise of a trout was equally effective. This is a great time to try fishing small brooks for native brook trout. When I see fiddlehead ferns sprouting, it's time for a meal of “squaretails.” Don't forget to scout out tributaries to the larger lakes for spring rainbows. I spotted a nice rainbow in a brook that flows into Winnipesaukee! --Don Miller, Regional Fisheries Biologist

Monadnock/Upper Valley

Fished Spoonwood Pond on Sunday for the first time ever. Trolled for lakers with no luck, but did manage to catch a nice smallmouth in 40 feet of water and a chunky yellow perch in 20 feet of water. When we portaged from Spoonwood back to Nubanusit Lake, there were some anglers fishing near the outlet who were catching brook trout on every other cast.

A friend fished Willard Pond on opening day and reported catching numerous brook trout with a few tiger trout mixed in. He also fished Spofford Lake for bass and pike recently and said the fishing has been slow -- but he managed to catch a few good largemouth and one nice pike about 12 pounds. Bass fishing should be getting better as the water temperatures increase in the next couple of weeks. --Jason Carrier, Regional Fisheries Biologist

Southeast NH/Merrimack Valley

Anglers were out in droves at the trout ponds this weekend. Interviews and reports from them indicate the fishing was very good to superb. Flies, spinners, spoons, worms, and power bait all seemed to be effective, with no one method outcatching another. Those seeking warmwater fish species will find virtually every lake and pond in this region well over 55 degrees this week. Crappies are beginning to develop spawning colors and some largemouth bass have been reported on beds already. --Ben Nugent, Regional Fisheries Biologist

Seacoast

Atlantic cod is still the main target in the Gulf of Maine this time of year, and remember any fish over 24 inches is big enough to keep for dinner. The other bait stealers -- cusk, Atlantic wolffish, and haddock -- are equally pleasing on the plate, so don’t count them out while trying to get the codfish. Most of the fishing is a fair distance offshore on the ledges, like Jeffreys, Stellwagen, and Old Scantum, but if you find a good depth change -- from the low to mid-100-foot range up to 40 to 50 feet -- some inshore “rock cod” will be hanging there, too. Good luck! --Kevin Sullivan, Marine Biologist

 
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