October 1, 2020

NH F&G Says' Don't Put Away Your Trout Gear

Submitted - 2005-07-07
By Ben Nugent, fisheries biological technician and
Matt Carpenter, fisheries biologist

Don't put away that trout gear just yet. The amount of rain that we've received in New Hampshire has kept river flows at near spring levels. Thermoclines (layers of water of varying temperatures) have been established in lakes and ponds, but surface action in the early morning and evening for all salmonid species can still be very successful. The stage is set for a productive trout angling experience for these next few weeks.

The hex is on! Hex hatches have been reported in several of the rivers, lakes, and ponds up in the north country. The sizes of these Hexagenia limbata entice even the larger fish to crash the surface. The adult mayfly hatch begins at dusk. At this time, little finesse is needed to imitate the mayfly struggling from its shuck. Several emerging or cripple replications can be used. The nymph stage of this mayfly spends the day hidden in mud. As the sun begins to descend, the nymph begins feeding. Try using weighted nymphs fished with a jigging motion near the bottom.

Early July can be one of the best times to fish the upper reaches of the Androscoggin River in New Hampshire. The skies around upper Andro in New Hampshire have recently been filled with hatches of alder flies (zebra caddis flies). All fish species in the river (browns, rainbows, brookies, salmon and smallmouth bass) take advantage of this all-you-can-eat buffet. Recent weather patterns may have pushed back the hatch a little longer than usual, so you might want to drop by a North Country fly shop or outfitter for hatch updates and fly suggestions.

Anglers do not have to leave New Hampshire to experience remote fishing at its finest. If you are willing to hike a little, there is the opportunity to encounter pristine ponds with minimal fishing pressure and plenty of surrounding wildlife. The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department aerially stocks brook trout fingerlings in more than 50 remote ponds throughout New Hampshire. Although reared in a hatchery, these fish, known as the Kennebago strain, offer the beauty and challenge of wild brook trout. Matt LaCroix, a new member of our seasonal staff, has been fishing remote ponds since he learned to walk. He likes to carry up a float tube and a fly rod and camp out for a weekend. A recent expedition resulted in an 18-inch beauty. He would not give away the name of the pond where he made his most recent trip, but he claims the fishing does not get any better. There is a list of remote ponds on the New Hampshire Fish and Game website -- visit http://www.wildlife.state.nh.us/Fishing/fishing.htm and scroll down to all about trout for lists of waterbodies managed for remote, wild, and quality trout 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