Cod and Haddock are the latest coastal catch; Striped bass to come - NH F&G
Submitted - 2005-05-27
By Doug Grout, fisheries biologist, Region 3/Durham
Haddock and cod fishing have been very good this spring; that is on the few days that the weather has cooperated. April catches were dominated by haddock with some cod, redfish, cusk, and wolffish thrown in. May has seen more equal numbers of cod and haddock. One party boat trip that Marine Division staff surveyed had each passenger catching 10-20 keeper size haddock (>/=19 inches). The largest haddock we weighed was about 8 pounds and the largest cod tipped the scales at just over 10 pounds. We also have received reports of cod in the 30-40 pound range being caught this spring.
The past couple of weeks we have observed the first stripers being caught in New Hampshire's coastal rivers as they chase the river herring upstream during their spawning migration. There also have been scattered reports of mackerel showing up in the coastal waters. Of course this past week has been a bust for coastal fishing with seven straight days (and counting) of driving rains and near gale force winds. If we can just get the weather to break for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend, fishing should just explode on the New Hampshire seacoast.
For you striper anglers, we are always looking for volunteers to participate in our Striped Bass Volunteer Angler Survey. Participants are provided with logbooks to fill out information about each striper fishing trip they take and record length measurements of all the striped bass they catch. Information collected from the survey is used in the annual coastwide stock assessment for striped bass that is used for management. In addition, each participant's name is entered into a year-end raffle for a framed limited edition striped bass print donated to Fish and Game by the Coastal Conservation Association of New Hampshire (http://www.ccanh.org). If you would like to participate, please call or e-mail Doug Grout at 603-868-1095 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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