NH FISHING REPORT
The calendar still says it’s summer, but the days are getting noticeably shorter and the leaves are beginning to turn. Even though hunting seasons are upon us, there are still many days of good fishing ahead. I want to thank those anglers who took the time to send me reports this year to help me write this bi-weekly report. This will be my last report for the open water season, but you can stay in touch by dropping me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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In Southeastern New Hampshire, Lucas Pond in Northwood was giving up some good-sized brown trout recently with power bait and night crawlers. This pond has the ability to holdover some of the stocked brown trout and there is the chance to catch a trophy here. The crappie bite should be on the rise as the fish go into a fall feeding “frenzy” before the onset of winter. Best bets in this region for crappie include Bellamy Reservoir, Pawtuckaway Lake, and Massabesic Lake.
In the North Country as the statewide NHIAA bass fishing tournament nears, local high schoolers have been practicing their angling skills on large lakes. Last week, member from Groveton High School and Lisbon High School fished together and shared their skills and knowledge. Technically rivals in this sport, Coaches Greg Superchi (Lisbon) and Andy Schafermeyer (Groveton) brought team members to Comerford Reservoir and tried to finalize an approach to catching bass in the fall. It was a great day and Superchi outshined everyone by landing a smallmouth that weighed 4.3 pounds.
I had the chance to go out and work with several of our biologists in the Nash Stream watershed recently doing some electrofishing surveys. Even this early in September, brook trout were starting to pair up and some males were ripe with milt. Brookies, especially the males, will intensely color-up this time of year, develop a small kype (hooked jaw) and a thickened slime coat as they prepare to do battle with one another for the attention of females. Catching brookies this time of year maybe difficult, as they become more focused on spawning and carrying on their life cycle.
In the Lakes Region, I heard from an angler who caught some nice rainbow trout of around two pounds in the Pemigewasset River near the confluence of the Smith River in Bristol. Night crawlers fished on a snelled hook with gold spinner did the trick. This angler noted the trout were feeding heavily on aquatic insects on inspection of the fish’s stomach contents.
In Southwestern New Hampshire, reports of good catches of walleye and a few pike were reported from the Connecticut River. Crawler harnesses and jigs fished on the bottom were taking a lot of the fish.
On the Seacoast, the ocean has been churning the past few days from the recent storm. It’s been windy inland too, very few people even trying to fish. The good news is that this isn’t the end of striper season yet. Water temperatures are still around 60 degrees, so there should be plenty more opportunities along the coastline as stripers think about moving back southward. One new activity is the opening of shellfish season! Clams and oysters are now open, however, harvesting is closed at the moment due to the recent rainfall, so keep checking the clam hotline (1-800-43-CLAMS) or visit the NH Coastal Atlas (www4.des.state.nh.us/
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