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NH Fishing Report - June 4, 2020

Greetings anglers!


June is one of the best months of the year to get out on the water in the Granite State. Whether you are fishing from shore or from a boat, or are exploring a lake or a river, New Hampshire's waters offer diverse opportunities in all parts of the state. Dedicated anglers have already been hitting the water, but we have great news for people who might be new to fishing—or who may want to dust off their tackle after a few years—this Saturday, June 6, is Free Fishing Day in New Hampshire!



Sawyer Juurlink-Gagné displays his first catch of crappies. Select image for larger view.

Residents and nonresidents can experience the thrill of fishing without a license in both freshwater and saltwater. All season dates and bag limits will still apply, and all anglers should include a few "fishing holes" in their plans for the day as some locations may be crowded. To increase your chances of success, and to maintain the recommended six feet of social distancing between people, it may be necessary to get your line in the water at an alternate destination.


This June will be a great month to chase fish of all kinds. Because of the cool spring and chilly nights, water temperatures are not yet near their higher summertime readings, which will help to keep fish active during the day. As the weather continues to warm up, various insects will continue to hatch, keeping many species of fish interested in what's happening on the surface of the water—and give the angler an indication of what their targets are after for a meal. For example, try using popping flies or surface plugs when casting for bass in June—just remember that it is mandatory catch-and-release season for bass from May 15 to June 15. They put up a great fight on the line, but must be safely returned to the water to protect their nests and steward their young.


Trout stocking efforts continue throughout the state, however this year we will not be publishing our stocking reports to prevent the congregation of anglers in groups, and also to protect the safety of our hatcheries staff as they work in the field. All species of trout like cooler water temperatures, so now is the time to get on your favorite pond or river and see what you can catch!



If you are ready for some new action, or are not sure where to go fishing if you are just getting started, there are a number of resources that will help you set out in the right direction. To learn about different waterbodies throughout the state and the fish they hold, to find out about New Hampshire's fishing rules and regulations, and for tips for success and access by geographic region visit the Fishing Publications webpage—your one-stop resource to help getting started fishing in the Granite State on Free Fishing Day!




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