NH Fishing Report: 5.11.12
The New Hampshire Department of Fish & Game Department has posted its fishing report for the week of May 11, 2012.
Here are some highlights:
- Smelt are running strong in the North Country lakes—and big trout, salmon and bass are on their heels.
- The river systems that connect Lake Francis and First and Second Connecticut are presenting great opportunities as large fish enter in pursuit of smelt.
- Word is out that the white perch are beginning their spawning runs in area lakes.
- Lake Winnisquam perch are staging at the Winnipesaukee River mouth as it enters the lake. Increased flows will draw these white perch up into the river to spawn.
- Areas south of Mosquito Bridge on Winnisquam will also have their share of white perch. Work the shorelines with bait or jigs to find them.
- Lochmere Dam (Silver Lake) and numerous bays on Lake Winnipesaukee are also producing perch.
- Water temps in the big lakes are still in the low to mid-50 degree range, but the smallmouth spawn should start soon.
Southeast NH/Merrimack Valley
- Great time to target broodstock Atlantic salmon the Pemigewasset and Merrimack Rivers.
- Overwintering conditions appear to have been ideal for survival.
- Groundfishing has been up and down.
- Strong tides coupled with the haddock dispersing after spawning made for a rough fishing week.
- This weekend will also be a good time to start looking for stripers.
- Stripers reported in Lamprey River in Newmarket and the Cocheco River in Dover.
- River herring are running strong again.
- Winter flounder off to a slow start, bait supply may be factor.
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