November 19, 2017

THE BEST MONTH FOR RIVER FISHING! - NH F&G

Submitted - 2005-06-09
By Mark Beauchesne, Let's Go Fishing Coordinator

Goodbye May! What a tough month for both angler and fish. The rain and cold pushed many of the fish (and people) into hiding. A few good days in May had me out fishing for whatever swims. Pike on the Connecticut River was my main target species. Each spring the same thing happens to me -- I get so wound up about pike, I neglect the great salmon fishing we have. From the tales of my co-workers and friends, the salmon season was right on. Now, with the thermocline (layers of water temperature) setting up, the salmon trollers will have these giants tuned in. As for the pike, they return to the main river channel to terrorize the local baitfish.

Mid-May saw very few dry days. When we had a dry day, we fished -- we had a great time on several trout brooks in southern New Hampshire. Tales of big rainbows coming to the fly on the Piscataquog and others in the area flooded my voice mail and e-mail. I watched a superb angler coax several brown trout from their hiding spots, then she turned her attention to an oversized rainbow. All of these fish were caught on nymphs.

I managed two other trips for pike after the weeks of rain. Inbetween rain and thunderstorms I fished Gregg Lake, managing to catch several smallmouth bass and one fighting largemouth. This was a fly-fishing-only trip for bass. One fly I fished all day was... I will tell but you need to give up a secret in return. Drop me a note at markb@wildlife.state.nh.us.

As soon as June first came, so did the sun. Finally! This very late start for our warmwater fish may result in some failed spawning attempts. Each spring we preach about not targeting spawning bass -- bass on the bed. A bass nest is also known as a redd. The practice of picking can damage the fragile bass fishery. Remember -- the smaller male bass guards the eggs and fry, diligently defending his offspring from invaders. If you remove the male from the redd, even for a short time, the eggs and fry are subject to predation. This time of year, turn your bass fishing attentions instead to the bigger females, who have already done their job. Try topwater baits over rocky areas in 10-15 foot depths.

I'm ready for some hot river fishing. The rain has helped move river fish around -- that means pack your lunch and go exploring. June is no doubt the best month for river fishing. This holds especially true for trout: their food supplies grow and so do they. Some big trout are waiting for you -- don't let 'em down.

June also brings the return of the striper! Time to watch the tides and head to the coast to catch some hard-pulling fish.

Over the next four weeks I will be all over the state fishing, and I'll be sure to keep you informed of what is happening. The upcoming hex hatch qualifies as an annual special event -- several ponds and lakes have this HUGE mayfly, which typically emerges within a week of the Fourth of July. Water temp plays a role here, but I went ahead and made my plans to be fishing the hex hatch on July fourth weekend at Lake Umbagog. This mayfly emerges in the evening. You have to fish it to believe it. I am losing sleep with excitement.

While I'm in the Great North Woods, I know Back Lake in Pittsburgh will be having the hex hatch, too. And the Androscoggin will be seeing the legendary alderfly hatch. I will make a cast or two below the Seven Islands Bridge on my way back south -- just look for the out-of-place bass boat parked along the banks of the Andro.

Great fishing!!!!
Mark
This report was provided by NH Fish and Game Department in Concord, NH. Follow this link for more specific information on the reports or the area - http://wildlife.state.nh.us/Fishing/fishing.htm