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NH Fishing Report - August 24, 2017

Greetings anglers!

Scott Decker

A touch of cooler, dry air this week reminds me that fall is not far away, and the “dog days” of summer are likely over. Brook trout will soon be on their spawning runs in our streams, showing their brilliant colors like the hillsides around them. Bass will be putting on the feedbag prior to going into their winter haunts. It’s a great time to get out and fish! Don’t forget to send me your reports or photos by dropping me a line at Our next report goes out on or around September 7 and will likely be the last report for the season.


Editor's note: N.H. Fish and Game publications recently received top honors in a national competition hosted by the Association for Conservation Information. It means a lot to see our agency's work recognized by professional peers, especially competing with big states with more resources. Our article "Winter Cusk Fishing" PDF Document (NH Wildlife Journal magazine, January/February 2016), by Fisheries Biologist Andrew Schafermeyer, earned first-place in the fisheries article category. Congratulations, Andrew!




A fine New Hampshire trout pond brookie.

Photo by D. Shelley. Select image for larger view.

In the North Country terrestrials (hoppers, ants, beetles, etc.) are “hatching” on the Connecticut and Androscoggin and water levels/temps have been good all summer. Small, foam-bodied grasshoppers work really well. Also, wild brook trout streams are benefiting from the rain; little brookies will almost always hit a small dry fly.


The remote ponds in the Pittsburg area have been fishing well of late. Anglers report catching fish in the 13-15 inch range, some up to 18 inches! Coon Brook Bog, Shehan Flowage, and Boundary Pond are worth a try.


In the Lakes Region, Lake Winnipesaukee tends to dominate our report and this week is no exception. Anglers report good action on salmon, lakers, and rainbows. Consistent hook-ups with salmon are occurring on downriggers fished at 30 feet or with six colors of lead-core line. One angler reported that DB smelt lures were hot, as were tandem streamer flies. Orange and purple lure colors, as well as the “white perch” fly, were also working well. Vertical jigging on calm days has been producing some fine catches of lake trout lately also.


In Southwestern New Hampshire, Randy at Morse Sporting Goods in Hillsboro mentioned that some anglers fishing for bass in Franklin Pierce Lake reported accidentally latching onto large pike. They were using jigs bouncing on the bottom in 10 feet of water. Lately, some pretty sizeable crappie have been caught in that lake. Trout stream fishing has been very quiet which was expected until the water cools off a bit.


On the Seacoast, the striper bite has slowed a little inland, with more action occurring outside the harbors around structures. There have been reports of mackerel being taken around the 2KR buoy. Also, anglers are reminded of the new federal rules for cod and haddock that came out recently. Recreational possession of cod is now prohibited year round. For haddock, the daily bag limit for anglers has been reduced from 15 to 12. The minimum size required for haddock remains unchanged at 17 inches. In addition to the existing spring closure of March 1 through April 14, a fall closure for haddock will be in effect from September 17 through October 31.


Please don’t forget, if you fished for striped bass this year, take a minute to let us know how you did! Visit for online or mail-in reporting options. Each volunteer angler will be entered into a raffle at the end of the season.



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