Jon Greenwood: (603) 271-2501
Jane Vachon: (603) 271-3211
April 30, 2007
Catch the King of Fish:
Brood Stock Atlantic Salmon to Be Stocked in May
CONCORD, N.H. -- This May, brood stock Atlantic salmon anglers in New Hampshire will be able to get out and enjoy some of the most exciting fishing they'll have all year. New Hampshire Fish and Game plans to release more than 500 tagged brood stock salmon this spring, including 100 fish averaging 10.8 pounds (some nearly 20 pounds!), and 400 weighing about 6.5 pounds each, into the lower Pemigewasset and Merrimack and rivers.
"These are some of the largest brood stock salmon that we've ever stocked," said Jon Greenwood, coordinator of the Anadromous Fish Restoration Program for Fish and Game. "So watch out -- they're going to put up a fight!"
The best fishing for brood stock salmon is during May, when the water temperature remains cool. Depending on the weather, by some point in June the water gets too warm (70 degrees F) for the fish, and they tend to migrate downstream out of the stocking area. "We've been waiting for the flood waters to recede before we release the brood stock salmon," said Greenwood. "More normal conditions of water flow allow greater opportunities for angler success. Our best estimate of when that will happen is the week of May 7."
To fish for brood stock salmon, anglers need a current New Hampshire fishing license and an $11 brood stock salmon permit. Both can be purchased online (click here for online license and permit sales) or from Fish and Game license agents statewide.
This year's stocking plan will be to release brood stock salmon twice at each of the six sites from Bristol to Hooksett.
New Hampshire has the only managed Atlantic salmon river fishery in New England. Only salmon marked by Fish and Game with a T-bar anchor at the base of the dorsal fin may be kept, and the bag limit remains 1 per day and 5 total for the season.
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