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N.H. Weekly Fishing Report - June 17, 2010

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North Country

What a difference a week makes. Water temperatures have dropped and levels have risen to a much more typical spring appearance. Trout fishermen have been granted a few more weeks of opportunity and hatchery trucks keep on rolling. I've been talking to fishermen who are amazed at this year's catch rates. Cedar Pond in Milan has been fishing better that anyone can remember in June. Similar reports have come in from Mirror Lake in Whitefield. Don't let all the good trout fishing keep you away from our bass ponds. Many fish have completed their spawning season and are looking to pack on the pounds. Good Luck! – Andy Schafermeyer, Regional Fisheries Biologist

Lakes Region

Here come the mayflies! Reports of Hexagenia mayflies are coming in with regularity now. I've noticed a big increase in mayfly cases floating on Lake Winnisquam the past few days. These large mayflies sometimes alter the "bite" for landlocked salmon, as they seem to switch, and actually prefer these invertebrates to their standard fare of young-of-the-year smelt. For the fly-fishermen (and women) out there, this is an exciting time. Trout ponds come alive just at dusk with trout leaping out of the water for these mayfly giants! Any large (size 10 or 12) Wulff type dry fly will work; just try to match the color. These are typically cream-yellow in color, at least those are the ones I am familiar with.

At dawn (or slightly before), try casting dry flies on the big lakes near obvious surface activity. I knew an angler that did just that on Big Squam years ago, he actually preferred that type of fishing over the sometimes boring act of trolling. – Don Miller, Regional Fisheries Biologist

Monadnock/Upper Valley

Cool air temperatures combined with continued trout stocking in Southwestern NH will provide for some great trout fishing in the next week. Recently stocked trout in the lakes and ponds are tending to stay relatively shallow for at least a few days after being stocked resulting in some fast action for anglers trolling spoons or flies. Some hot spots to try include Forest Lake (Winchester), Swanzey Lake (Swanzey), Lake Winnepocket (Webster), and Granite Lake (Stoddard/Nelson). If you are interested in fishing for trout in rivers, try the S.B. Ashuelot along RT 12 (fly-fishing only section) in Troy/Swanzey and the lower Ashuelot River in Winchester along RT 119. – Gabe Gries, Regional Fisheries Biologist

Southeast NH/Merrimack Valley

We've recently been able to complement the traditional stocking numbers with bonus rainbow trout into Bow, Massabesic, Pleasant, and Suncook lakes. Although these fish vary in size (just under a pound up to about four ponds), they are in good condition and should extend the season a bit longer. The American shad transfers from the Essex Dam in Lawrence, Massachusetts, to the Merrimack River in Boscawen are continuing, but the shad run appears to be slowing down quickly. Additionally, we've been busy mapping occupied habitat of the state-threatened bridle shiner in Lake Winnipesaukee. Given that their numbers and distribution have significantly declined range wide as well as in New Hampshire, we are being very attentive to any potential threat to them. We've learned that bridle shiners show a strong affinity to variable milfoil in Lake Winnipesaukee, particularly in the Moultonborough area. Perhaps the complex habitat features the plant offers is enough for the species to successfully reproduce and avoid an assortment of predator fish, birds, and mammals. The species affinity to a non-native invasive plant species puts us in an odd situation, as there is an ongoing statewide effort to rid this plant from our waters. – Ben Nugent, Regional Fisheries Biologist

Seacoast Area

We are in store for some beautiful weather and there is no better time to try your luck on the seacoast! The striped bass that followed the river herring run up our rivers are now milling around along the coast and the anglers have followed. If you are looking for a different fishing experience, try night fishing! Striped bass anglers have been very successful fishing the coastal bridges during late-night incoming tides, so check those tide tables. Not a night owl? No need to go off-shore for a great day of fishing, mackerel are still readily available in the river mouth and just outside the harbors and winter flounder are practically jumping into boats in Rye Harbor. Reports of bluefish making their way up the coast of Massachusetts have started coming in, so it won’t be long now!

Don’t forget to register as a saltwater angler before you fish! To register, call 1-888-674-7411 or visit – Rebecca Heuss, Marine Biological Technician

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