NH Weekly Fishing Report - June 27, 2013
Greetings anglers. Hope you are getting in lots of laid-back summer fishing.
Because of the holiday and demands of the field season, there will not be a fishing report the week of July 4. The stocking report will be posted as usual, and we will be back with another report on July 11.
On July 1, there will be a hearing at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department in Concord about fishing rule changes for 2014. No major changes are in the works; see the proposals at fishnh.com/Newsroom/2013/Q2/Fish_Rule_Hearing_060313.html.
Stocking report: fishnh.com/Fishing/Stocking/current.html
Fishing licenses: fishnh.com. Don’t forget -- kids under 16 fish free in N.H.!
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Will there soon be walleye for North Country anglers? Fish and Game will hold a public informational meeting at 6 p.m. on July 22 at the Littleton Opera House to talk about the proposed stocking of walleye into Moore Reservoir, which is seen as having the potential to produce trophy walleyes due to its excellent habitat and abundant forage.
Walleye are currently found in the Connecticut River from below the McIndoes Dam in Monroe, N.H., downstream into Massachusetts and Connecticut. Creating a fishery for them in Moore Reservoir will be a welcome opportunity for North Country and Northeast Kingdom anglers. This proposed stocking is a cooperative effort between the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department and the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department.
Walleye fingerlings would be raised at the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department’s Bald Hill Fish Culture Station (Newark, VT) with the first stocking proposed for 2014. It is likely that over time, a successful self-sustaining walleye population in Moore Reservoir will also naturally populate the two downstream reservoirs (Comerford and McIndoes) that currently do not contain walleye. Learn more about the public meeting at fishnh.com/Newsroom/2013/Q2/walleye_hearing_062413.html. - Andy Schafermeyer, Regional Fisheries Biologist
Last week I was helping fellow biologist Ben Nugent with some stream surveys in the Warner River watershed for the Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture. Local residents along with some members of Trout Unlimited volunteer their time to help with these surveys and are a big help to us biologists. Due to recent rain events it was difficult for us to survey any moderate size streams because of the velocity of water flowing down them. We were restricted to surveying very small streams which is always fun to see what we might collect for fish. As we suspected in some of these tiny streams we found an abundance of wild brook trout and only brook trout, no other fish species like dace, sculpin, shiners, etc. These trout ranged in sizes from one inch to six inches in length and are an absolute beautiful site to see.
On my second day of helping Nugent out I was introduced to one of the younger volunteers I’ve had the pleasure of working with. Ben, from Hopkinton, had just finished his last day of 8th grade and is an avid fly-fisherman. I really enjoy talking with young anglers like Ben because they are full of enthusiasm and questions about the resource. But unlike most young anglers, Ben is extremely knowledgeable about fly fishing and all the streams in the area. He does chase stocked trout from time to time but he prefers fishing really small streams for wild brook trout. He’s had a really good fishing season so far and is strictly catch and release when fishing for wild brook trout. Ben told me that he prefers catching wild brook trout because they fight so hard for their size and on a light fly rod can be an absolute blast. – Jason Carrier, Regional Fisheries Biologist
SOUTHEAST NH/MERRIMACK VALLEY
The Merrimack River can be often overlooked as a premier bass fishing destination. What some may not realize is that when driving to the bass waters of the lakes region, they are paralleling some quality bass fishing opportunities closer to home. The Merrimack River has several public access points from Nashua to Boscawen. Anglers can expect to encounter a variety of habitats consisting of submerged and emergent aquatic vegetation, fallen trees, rock piles, sand bars, and tributary confluences. Most of these locations can be fished with any type of vessel from a small kayak to large bass boat.
One of my favorite access points is at the New Hampshire Technical Institute in Concord. This launch puts you in a section of river with a lot of different options. You can drift the current downstream and fish the habitat created by fallen maples and white pines as well some rocky sections and other habitat created by bridges. If you head straight across from the launch, you will encounter a large vegetated cove. Here, as water levels recede to summertime levels, smaller watercraft may have an advantage. There a several oxbows and shallow water sections loaded with aquatic vegetation that holds fish year round. Some of these areas have narrow and shallow entrances but then open up into large pond like areas. – Ben Nugent, Regional Fisheries Biologist
If you are looking for a different fishing experience, try night fishing! This is an excellent time to striper fish as they are nocturnal feeders. Find a dock, pier, or bridge that is lighted and check your tide tables. The best time to go is a few hours around the tide, high or low. I have been out a couple of times recently to lighted areas once on the incoming and once on the outgoing and witnessed stripers feeding on bait as they move with the tide. With all of the bait around you may want to use a lure instead of chunk bait, the movement of a swimbait as it is brought in quickly is more likely to catch their attention. – Becky Heuss, Marine Biologist
FEDERAL AID IN WILDLIFE AND SPORT FISH AND RESTORATION:
AUser-Pay, User-Benefit Program. Researching and managing fisheries and teachingpeople about aquatic ecosystems are funded by your license dollars and by the Federal Aid in Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program. Your purchases of fishing equipment and motorboat fuels make a difference to New Hampshire's fisheries. Learn more at wildnh.com/SFWR_program/sfwr_program.htm.