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NH Fishing Report - July 26, 2019

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Trout stocking is done for the year but there are still fish to be had in deeper ponds and larger rivers. Seek out some of the colder feeder streams to find the fish. Warmwater anglers will find plenty of action for bass and panfish during August. Check out the regional reports below. This will be my last report of the season because conditions will not be changing much until fall ushers in the cooler weather. Enjoy the rest of the fishing season!





An angler stretches his line on the Androscoggin River.

Photo courtesy of A. Schafermeyer.

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In the North Country, fisheries biologist Andy Schafermeyer reports that last week's hot weather made New Hampshire's lakes and ponds a very comfortable place to be, and boat traffic on area lakes was high. That didn't stop Andy from hitting some of his favorite bass hot spots. He limited himself to fishing in the morning and the evening – and doing a little swimming in between. South Pond in Stark has been giving up good numbers of largemouth bass this summer and he's seen several fish over 4 pounds. They have been consistently caught on heavily-dressed jigs flipped into submerged trees.


There have been a lot of alder flies hatching on the Androscoggin River and the trout are quick to rise for them. Likewise, the Connecticut River is seeing a lot of bugs. Andy said he's waiting for the grasshoppers to arrive but hasn't seen many yet. A big, brightly colored foam grasshopper can be fun to drift over slow moving pools. Steve at North Country Anglers in North Conway says the recent heat wave brought a variety of fishing to the Mount Washington Valley. The three big rivers, the Saco, the Ellis, and the Androscoggin, all continued to fish well early in the morning or late in the evening. Fishing the mouth of the Rattle River, the Peabody River, and the Moose River where they empty into the Androscoggin have produced nice catches of rainbow trout on caddis flies or ants. The hot weather brought the bass fishing to a fevered pitch. Top-water lures or poppers in frog or mouse patterns have created some exciting opportunities at night. You will never forget the first time the water explodes in front of you as a nice largemouth inhales your bait. Try Conway Lake, Pequawket Pond , or Silver Lake for fast night-time action.


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In the Central and Lakes Regions, it's a good time to "beat the heat" by hitting up some streams in the southern White Mountains area. Tributaries of the Mad, Pemigewasset, Baker, or Beebe Rivers can be wet-waded this time of year to keep you cool. Wild brookies are your quarry here but don't forget the lower ends of these feeder streams can often hold some larger trout that have survived through the spring stocking season. It's no surprise that this is also the time to target the 35-40 foot depths in the larger salmon and lake trout lakes. Downriggers or lead core lines are a must to get your bait of choice to the right level. If you want to catch some trophy panfish, try jigging for them in 12-15 foot depths now. Big smallies are also down deep to 30 feet in some lakes during the day. Tube jigs, spinner baits fished with a slow retrieve, or live crayfish will lead to success. Plan a night-fishing outing for either bass or horned pout as another way to beat the heat.


In the Upper Valley area, reporter Scott Biron tells me the warmer weather has slowed the cold water fishing and heated up the warm water action. Anglers are reporting tremendous success in many of the Upper Valley ponds. Russell Pond, Lake Todd, Lake Massacecum, and Crystal Lake all had anglers catching fish. Several people said they had a great day at Clark Pond in Caanan using soft baits. The recent rain will continue to improve area fishing.


In Southeastern New Hampshire and the Merrimack Valley, Mike at Wildlife Sport Outfitters in Manchester reports that anglers are having some success mostly with bass fishing top-water lures. Jitterbugs, Whopper Ploppers, and imitation frog baits are popular lures, especially during twilight hours. Trout fishing has slowed down in the region, however he heard some good reports from Archery Pond in Bear Brook State Park.


On the Seacoast, I talked with Jason at Suds 'n' Soda tackle shop in Greenland and he says a good number of big stripers are being taken off the beaches. Schools of "pogies" (menhaden) are providing anglers with a good supply of bait. Jason mentioned a friend of his caught six stripers over 38 inches in a recent outing. The Jenness Beach area is a good place to surf cast for them. No bluefish or black seabass are being reported as of yet. Squid fishing has been good in New Castle, the Route 103 Bridge in Kittery, as well as Pepperell Cove. Bottom fishing for haddock has also been good lately with a few pollack mixed in.




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