N.H. Weekly Fishing Report -- May 8, 2008
Fishing in southeast/central NH? Today, fisheries biologist Ben Nugent offers timely angling advice and some suggested locations for you!
FISH STOCKING UNDERWAY! CLICK HERE for most recent stocking chart.
It's not too late!: Do you know a "wild child" between the ages of 10 and 16? Do we have the camp for you! Barry Conservation Camp in Berlin, NH still has July slots open for the following camp weeks: fishing, shooting sports, hunter ed, and "walk on the wild side." Cost for a full week (Sunday through Friday), including lodging, meals, and equipment, is $400. DEADLINE EXTENDED - REGISTER NOW! For more info or to register, CLICK HERE.
For past fishing reports and all your NH fishing info, click here to visit Fish and Game's fishing page.
Purchase your fishing license online (CLICK HERE!), or from any Fish and Game license agent. Why not bring a new fishing buddy on your next trip! Don't forget -- kids under 16 fish free in N.H.
Do you like to eat what you catch? NH's fish consumption guidelines have been updated, with less-strict recommendations on hatchery-grown rainbow and brown trout. Click here for more.
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Fishing opportunities aplenty in southeast/central New Hampshire
Anglers in southeastern/central New Hampshire have a lot of decisions to make this time of year -- all of them good!
Rivers and Streams
Flow and water temperature are approaching ideal conditions for Atlantic salmon brood stock to be released into the Merrimack and lower Pemigewasset rivers. Because of the higher-than-normal number of fish plan to be released this spring, this year should be a memorable one. Click here for more information about this program and fishing access sites along the Merrimack and lower Pemigewasset rivers.
Bass, Panfish, Pickerel, Perch, etc.
The window for catching warmwater fish at pre-spawn stages is getting narrower as water temperatures gradually rise. At this time, yellow perch and chain pickerel have likely finished spawning and current water temperatures and timing are suitable for the white perch spawning. There's still a little time to target both largemouth and smallmouth bass at prespawning conditions. Reports of bass nesting in this region are slowly starting to come in. Try focusing on dropoffs directly adjacent to warmer, shallower water. Jerkbaits, spinner baits, and crankbaits retrieved at varying speeds should work well. After a few follows or chases you should get a sense for what speed the bass want.
Panfish species including black crappie, bluegill, pumpkinseed, and red-breasted sunfish are beginning to move into the shallows and river setbacks to seek out warmer water temperatures and a few meals before spawning. You should find these species near shorelines exposed to sun. Downsizing to small poppers and a variety of swim baits with ultra-light gear can bring a new respect for the strength of these smaller fish.
New Opportunities in Southeastern New Hampshire
Meadow Lake in Northwood is also slated to be stocked with rainbow trout this spring. This waterbody has ideal access for small children and disabled anglers. The rainbow trout along with the fish species already present in this waterbody should provide for plenty of action to keep everyone busy throughout the day. Meadow Lake is inside Northwood Meadows State Park (no fee).
Parents and grandparents of potential future anglers should view our list of kids' fishing derbies (click here). These derbies typically take place from April to June. The list is updated during the season and usually contains several derbies in southeastern New Hampshire. Derbies are a great opportunity to introduce children to the sport and develop another family activity.
A User-Pay, User-Benefit Program
Researching and managing fisheries and teaching people about aquatic ecosystems are funded by your license dollars and by the Federal Aid in Sport Fish and Wildlife Restoration Program. Your purchases of fishing equipment and motorboat fuels make a difference to New Hampshire's fisheries. Click here to learn more.
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