N.H. Weekly Fishing Report -- June 12, 2009
Today's report comes from Kyle Glencross, biological aide for Fish and Game, offering tips for catching trout on late spring evenings and chasing stripers on the coast.
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The Trout and Stripers of June
You've got to love the month of June in New Hampshire, great fishing all across the state, from trout streams to stripers in the surf! This time of year allows many crazed anglers (such as myself) to sneak away in the evenings and get a couple of hours of fishing in during the week. The longer days and warming temperatures often make the last few hours of daylight the most productive.
June is a great time to try some of New Hampshire's trout ponds. Try getting to your favorite pond a few hours before dark and casting or trolling small streamer fly patterns such as Brown Owls, Black Nosed Dace, 88's, and the infamous Hornberg. As darkness approaches and trout start rising, I normally switch to smaller dry fly patterns, and also a wet fly pattern designed by Ellis Hatch (former Fish and Game Commissioner) called the Hatching Pupa -- it's a killer on tough-to-fool trout!
Anglers should keep their eyes open towards the end of the month for the start of the "hex" hatch. These giant mayflies bring not only some of the best dry fly fishing of the year, but also account for many anglers' largest trout and smallmouth bass of the season. They are mostly limited to cool water lakes and ponds, and often only appear the last twenty minutes before darkness sets in. Stay on the lookout! The smaller trout streams and rivers in southern part of the state are best also just fished in the early morning hours and late evenings because of climbing water temperatures.
I can't talk the start of summer and leave out the striped bass on New Hampshire's seacoast. June is the real start of striper season. If you have never taken advantage of this great resource, you are missing out! The tidal creeks are often some of my favorite spots to hit; remember to fish these creeks on the first two hours of the outgoing tide and the last two hours of the incoming tide. Use soft plastics such as the Slug-Go in the Alewife or Arkansas Shiner. Fly patterns like the Half n Half, Cape and Island Minnow, and Mushmouths are top producers.
Remember to plan your tides right for stripers during the morning and afternoons, switch your gear and beat it to your favorite trout pond for a great end to your day. See you on the water!
P.S. Are you just getting started fishing, or want to check out some new Concord-area locations? My fellow Fish and Gamer, Mark Beauchesne, appears in "Go Fish," a guide for fishing novices, in this morning's Concord Monitor. Check it out at http://tinyurl.com/fishconcord0609.
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