N.H. Weekly Fishing Report -- April 30, 2009

In today's report, fisheries biologist Gabe Gries offers some new info and favorite locations for fishing in southwest NH.

STOCKING TRUCKS ARE ROLLING! Check the stocking page (click here) for last week's stocking sites - 165+ of 'em!

YES, the stocking of brood stock Atlantic salmon is well underway in the Merrimack and Pemigewasset rivers, though snowmelt has the rivers running high this week!

Do you know any 10 - 16 year olds looking for something fun to do July 5-10? Check out Aquatic Adventures Week at Barry Conservation Camp in Berlin, NH. Novice anglers learn the basic skills and equipment needed to start fishing, while campers with more experience work on improving their fishing skills and explore the finer details of the angling world. $450 fee includes lodging, food, instruction and equipment for the 6-day session. CLICK HERE for details & registration info.

Or...Know someone who wants to learn to fish? Tell them about our free "Let's Go Fishing" class for beginners on Saturday, May 9, at the Harris Center for Conservation Education in Hancock.  Click here for registration info.

Kayak Fishing Weekend Workshop for Women - Great Mother's Day gift or a treat for yourself! - June 12-14, at Purity Spring Resort in Madison. This "Beyond BOW"  workshop is for experienced kayakers with some spin fishing experience. The cost of $275 includes instruction, program materials, use of some equipment, most meals and lodging at Purity Spring Resort. Click here for more info.

Purchase your fishing license online (click here!) or from any Fish and Game license agent. Don't forget -- kids under 16 fish free in N.H.!

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May's Top Picks for Fishing in the Monadnock/Upper Valley Region
By Gabe Gries, Fisheries Biologist, Region 4/Keene

Walleye are still biting well in the Connecticut River below the Bellows Falls and Vernon Dams.  (Check out our weekly walleye creel survey updates - click here.) As the water continues to warm, catches are quickly becoming a mixture of walleye, smallmouth bass, northern pike, and an occasional brown trout.  This is an exciting time for anglers to be on the river!  Speaking of the river, black crappie should be headed near-shore for spawning any day now; target coves and set-backs off the main river.  A bobber, small jig-head and tube, or just a small minnow on a hook will do the trick.  Look for newly downed trees or other shoreline cover.  The largemouth bass are also starting to hit pretty good at the Connecticut River setbacks in Hinsdale.

By the time you read this, trout fishing should be in full swing, with the opening of trout ponds on April 25 and continued stocking of streams as water levels decrease.  I have already heard of some impressive catches of rainbow trout at Silver Lake (Harrisville) and Granite Lake (Stoddard).  Anglers are catching these trout while trolling from boats using streamers and spoons. Shore anglers are also doing well with worms, small shiners, and power bait.  Trout are still typically within the upper 15 feet of the water column during this time of the year, so you can still keep your trolling setups simple at this point. 

Trout anglers have also been doing well at Otter Brook (Sullivan/Keene) for rainbows and brook trout.  I spoke with the friend of an angler who reported he caught several rainbows and a 6-lb. lake trout at Nubanusit Lake (Hancock/Nelson) this week.

My top picks this week for trout fishing destinations include: Dublin Lake (Dublin), Sand Pond (Marlow), Swanzey Lake (Swanzey), Gustin Pond (Marlow), Contoocook River (Peterborough/Greenfield/Jaffrey), Mont Williams Pond (Weare), Nissitissit River (Brookline), French Pond (Henniker), S.B. Piscataquog River (New Boston), Laurel Lake (Fitzwilliam), and Willard Pond (Antrim).

We hope you enjoy fishing this year in the Monadnock/Upper Valley Region and don't forget to take a kid fishing anytime you can.  We are always happy to talk to you about fish and fishing so please contact us at Region 4 (352-9669; reg4@nhfgd.org) if you have any questions.  For a list of popular waterbodies to fish for by species, click here for the Suggested Fishing Locations for the Monadnock Region/Southwest N.H.

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