August 21, 2017

BOUNTIFUL BASS, FAT RAINBOWS AND MORE; ANGLING ACTION HOT IN MONADNOCK/UPPER VALLEY REGION

Submitted - 2005-07-15
By Gabe Gries, Region 4 Fisheries Biologist

Fishing this past month in Southwestern New Hampshire has been great! Reports from anglers (and our own fishing experiences) have detailed some great fishing trips for everything from bass to walleye to trout.

Bass fishing also continues to be excellent in Southwestern New Hampshire. There have been reports of nice bass being caught in Warren Lake (Alstead), Highland Lake (Stoddard), the Connecticut River (Hinsdale, Charlestown, Claremont), Lake Monomonac (Rindge) and Thorndike Pond (Jaffrey; think 4 lb. smallmouth). So far this year, I have fished the Connecticut River (Walpole), Chesham Pond (Harrisville), Rockwood Pond (Fitzwilliam) and Pearly Pond (Rindge) -- both accessible by jon boat or canoe -- and Laurel Lake (Fitzwilliam), and I've had great days on all these waterbodies.

Speaking of Laurel Lake, the smallmouth and largemouth populations in this lake are numerous, with most fish being less than 15 inches long. This particular population would benefit from some harvest of some 10-12 inch bass, so if you like catching lots of bass and taking a few home to eat, this is the place to go.

A friend of my recently bought a trout/salmon trolling boat, so I have been doing more trout fishing in lakes than in past years. We've had good luck on Silver Lake (Harrisville), Granite Lake (Stoddard), Dublin Lake (Dublin) and Swanzey Lake (Swanzey). The rainbows are exceptional this year; especially in Swanzey Lake, where you can barely get your hand around some of them, they are so thick. Still on the list to fish are Spofford Lake (Chesterfield), Nubanusit Lake (Hancock), Whittemore Lake (Bennington), Willard Pond (Antrim) and Mont Williams Pond (Weare).

Abundant water in most of our rivers and brooks should prolong excellent trout fishing far into July. Tops on my list to fish in July are the South Branch Ashuelot River (Troy/Marlborough), Upper Ashuelot River (Surry/Marlow), Cold River (Alstead/Acworth), Beards Brook (Hillsborough), Nissitissit River (Brookline) and the Souhegan and Contoocook Rivers. As an added bonus, surplus trout from the Milford Hatchery have recently been stocked in some rivers and lakes throughout southwestern New Hampshire.

Although harder to fish for than in the spring, walleye and black crappie can still be caught in abundant numbers, if you take the time to find them. Deeper sections of the Connecticut River are the place to go for summer walleyes. Target these areas by drifting over them slowly while jigging plastics tipped with a small shiner or nightcrawler. Crappies can be caught the same way, just downsize your rods and tackle. Anglers also have success targeting crappies by slowly trolling small jigs and spinnerbaits in and around deep holes in local lakes and ponds.

For a list of local waterbodies that hold crappies (and other sport fish), please check out our suggested fishing locations at http://www.nhfg.net/Fishing/fishing_forecast/Locations_Southwest.htm.

Additionally, depth charts for selected waterbodies are available at http://www.nhfg.net/Fishing/bathy_maps.htm.

Please help stop the spread of aquatic nuisance weeds by removing all vegetation from your boats and canoes when leaving a waterbody. We hope you enjoy fishing this year in the Monadnock/Upper Valley Region and don't forget to take a kid fishing anytime you can. We're always happy to talk to you about fish and fishing, so please contact us at Fish and Game's Region 4 office in Keene (603-352-9669; reg4@nhfgd.org) if you have any questions.
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