N.H. Weekly Fishing Report -- June 26, 2008

This week, a report from the North Country, where Fish and Game biologists and partners are hard at work trying to learn more about the movements of brook trout and smallmouth bass...and dodging raindrops to get in some late-spring fishing, too.

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FYI for Hooksett-area boaters: the Lambert Park Boat Ramp on the Merrimack River in Hooksett will be closed for repairs from July 7 to August 15, 2008, as Fish and Game conducts repairs to the existing boat ramp.  The parking area will remain open, but there will be no launching of boats 7/7-8/15.

And in the good news department: Fish and Game's new boat access facility on Winnisquam Lake in Laconia (at the end of Water Street) opens for business on July 1!

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So many fish and so many ways to catch them!

By Mark Beauchesne, Marketing and Promotions Coordinator

I took Tuesday morning off for an early morning fishing trip on Winni. Three-thirty a.m. came mighty early, but I wanted to fish topwater baits. I launched out of Moultonborough and headed south toward the "graveyard." This is an area known for its collection of large rocks, and it's ideal for smallmouth bass: post-spawn smallies use areas like this to feed on crayfish, insects and small fish.

A few casts with a popper in the early morning light brought explosive strikes! This lure is great when the water is relatively flat. But, as the morning progressed, so did the wind. I changed over to a propeller bait called the Tiny Torpedo. This lure makes a bunch of disturbance on the surface. I fought, landed and released several more nice bass in the 17-inch range.

By 8:00, the surface bite slowed down, so I changed over to the old reliable grub-and-jig. This lure is a great imitation of a crayfish. If you fish it correctly, you will eventually hang it up in the rocks. (Here is a trick for you to help prevent lost jigs: When you first come in contact with a rock, make sure it is not a fish before you set the hook. With your rod tip held high, shake the rod tip on a slack line. Most of the time, the jig is only held by the tension you are putting on it.)

By 11:30 I had managed 25 smallies. Not a bad morning of fishing.

This past month has been great fishing on the big lake. I found that the smallmouths in Wolfeboro really like the Zoom Super Fluke. I fished with two friends on Friday the 13th. No bad luck here. We managed over 50 fish, all on the Fluke. We found most of the fish on the edge of the dropoffs, in about 10 feet of water. I think that the heat wave we had earlier in the month moved the fish into to deeper water sooner than normal. No worries -- we figured them out.

I've had a few fishing trips in the kayak this month also. This little boat is so cool. Once it's loaded on the car, I'm free to drop it into the Merrimack after work. I'm really getting used to the idea of not having to maneuver a boat trailer. The kayak is perfect for sneaking back into the little ponds on the river -- the places where the best fishing and wildlife watching can be found.

I targeted black crappie on my latest Merrimack/kayak trip. With the vegetation up now, the crappies can be anywhere. I like to focus on the weed edges. I found an area where the weeds came out from shore 40 feet, and then the water dropped off to 12 feet deep. I went 9 for 9 along this weed edge. 9 casts, 9 fish, all of them on a silly little pink jig. This technique should hold through the summer, so bring along a friend.

Be on the lookout for large mayflies! The "hex" hatch is just around the corner. I will be up on Profile Lake later this week to check on the hatch. This hatch almost always happens the last week of June to around the Fourth of July. Once these big bugs show up, the trout feed heavily on them. Other fish take advantage of them also. Large mayfly imitations like the "usual" should be in your box now. (Don't fly fish? No worries, small poppers will work when the feeding frenzy is on.) Look for these giant mayflies to start hatching in the late evening, known as the magic hour, that last hour before dark. Don't go home too soon or you will miss the action. The hatch will happen well into darkness. Come morning, there will be an unreal amount of nymph shucks on the water, and maybe some adults flying around. This hatch can last up to a week. So lose some sleep and go fishing.

Great fishing!!!

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