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N.H. Weekly Fishing Report - May 13, 2010

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North Country

What a crazy spring it has been. We have experienced summer and winter weather all during the last two weeks. Twelve inches of snow one day and 70 degrees the next. The hatches have been on and off, with blue-winged olives hatching during a snow flurry. That was a sight! All in all, the water temperatures are still in the forties and trout fishing remains slow. There have been some salmon caught in the Connecticut Lakes, so don’t shut the door on us yet - grab your rod and head north for a jumper or two! – Dianne Timmins, Regional Fisheries Biologist

Lakes Region

The last week has been a roller-coaster ride in the Lakes Region. Cold overnight temperatures in the 20s have dropped water temps into the upper 40s again. Bass spawning has seen fits and starts this season, and now bass have moved back off the nest sites. Look for bass to cruise the flats once again as soon as temperatures stabilize. (A reminder that May 15 – June 15 is catch-and-release only for bass.)
Trout fishing is the name of the game now, with great insect hatches (mayflies have appeared), look for pond fishing to be excellent now. Large lake rainbows are still cruising the shorelines of Winnisquam, Newfound and Winnipesaukee. Salmon fishing continues to be excellent with average fish of 19” and 2.5-2.75 lbs. – Don Miller, Regional Fisheries Biologist

Monadnock/Upper Valley

The Contoocook River is a great place to fish for both cold and warmwater fish. A recent paddle on a short section of the river upstream of Powder Mill Pond made for an awesome late afternoon trip. Using light spinning gear and in-line spinners for hardware, we managed to catch five different fish species in just a few hours. We caught a bunch of smallmouth bass and yellow perch, along with a brown trout, brook trout, and a couple of fallfish. This river gets pretty warm in the summer, so now is the time to go after trout. Fish and Game stocks the Contoocook River with thousands of trout from Peterborough to Henniker each year and the stocking trucks have been very busy this spring. Get out and enjoy what these small New Hampshire rivers have to offer this spring. – Jason Carrier, Regional Fisheries Biologist

Southeast NH/Merrimack Valley

There are some good activities for the whole family this weekend in southeastern New Hampshire. The annual Cocheco Field Day and River Cleanup Event will be held Saturday May 15 in Dover. The event begins at the lower lot of Measured Progress (off of Sixth Street) and goes from 10am to 2pm. Participants will learn about the effort to restore public access and maintain good water quality, as well as have the opportunity to help clean this scenic river. Additionally, there are several kids’ fishing derbies scheduled for southern New Hampshire this weekend; click here for a listing. – Ben Nugent, Regional Fisheries Biologist

Seacoast Area

The first reports of stripers in New Hampshire have begun surfacing. I was told that a few anglers were catching ‘schoolie’ sized striped bass in Hampton Harbor, so it looks like they are starting to come a little bit farther north than the Merrimack. In a conversation this morning, I was told that someone encountered a striped bass in the Great Bay already this year as well, so hopefully it will be heating up in the coming weeks!

As a note, the winter flounder fishing season has a short closure this year; this species may not be taken between May 15 and May 24. – Kevin Sullivan, Marine Biologist

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