N.H. Weekly Fishing Report -- May 21, 2009
In today's report, the fish are biting in the Lakes Region! Fisheries biologist Don Miller brings an update from the big lakes, rivers and ponds. Enjoy the long weekend, everyone!
STOCKING TRUCKS ARE ROLLING! Check the stocking page (click here) for last week's stocking sites - more than 170 of 'em! Also, all 760 brood stock Atlantic salmon slated for spring release have been stocked into the Merrimack and Pemigewassett rivers.
LAKE SUNAPEE - WILD GOOSE ACCESS SITE: The public comment period regarding the Wild Goose wetland permit application to the N.H. Department of Environmental Services Wetlands Bureau has been extended to June 26, 2009. For information about the proposed Wild Goose Boating Access Site, visit www.fishnh.com/access/wildgoose.
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Cool waters - hot fishing in the Lakes Region
The recent Winni Derby was a success, with a 4.12-lb. landlocked salmon taking the major prize and an 8.5-lb. laker taking the "togue" category. The lake trout brought in by anglers were gorgeous fish, as fat and healthy as I've ever seen. Lots of two-year-old salmon were reported, and this bodes well for the future salmon fishery in the "Big Lake." Lake trout are still in shallow water, reports from Winnisquam have bass fishermen catching lakers in water 20 feet deep. Generally, look for lakers in water around 40-60 feet deep. Trolled bait (golden shiners) fished slowly along the bottom and edges of drop-offs is the best method. Sutton 44 and 61 spoons are always a top choice, and don't forget the old-standby, Flashking wobbler in gold/fluorescent for lake trout also.
The landlocked salmon fishing has tailed off a bit, but the early morning anglers will still have luck trolling 3-5 colors of lead-core line (20-25 feet deep). Periodically, salmon seem to switch off this time of year, usually concurrent with the major phantom midge hatches on the lakes. At this time of year it is essential to be on the water in the pre-dawn hours, and fish until 9 o'clock or so, in order to find the salmon -- occasionally a mid-late morning/early afternoon second bite occurs, depending on weather conditions.
Rainbow trout fishing has been hot in Winnipesaukee and Squam lakes. We've caught them on a variety of small streamers (size 6), hardware and live shiners. I like to use a sinking-tip fly line, 30 foot leader (6-lb. test), and troll the shorelines out to a depth of 30 - 40 feet. Work the fly rod with intermittent pulls, and troll at various speeds, 1.5-3 mph., in a curve or zigzag pattern.
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