Submitted - 2005-05-06
The water levels are finally beginning to recede but the temperatures are lagging in the high 40’s due to very cold nights. All of that should change this coming week. In NH, the Sugar and Mascoma have received their first fish. Early season streamer and nymph fishing should work best but the Hendricksons are overdue in some locations. A couple of warm days could even trigger hatches of early season caddis. The inlet of the Mascoma is still producing fish of decent size including some recently stocked tagged rainbows for next years ice fishing derby.
Otherwise, midges are still coming off ponds and trolling streamers for salmon and rainbows in the lakes are generating successful reports. If you get bored with that, try casting around rocky shorelines for smallmouths. In Vermont, The White and Ottaquechee rivers have cleared but remain high. For the most part, they have not been stocked but this is the ideal time to search for large holdover fish in deeper pools. If you are lucky enough to find a Hendrickson hatch and rising fish at the same time, you just hit the jackpot. Focus on the White from the hatchery down to the West Hartford bridge, particularly on a warm afternoon. If nothing is rising, use large nymphs and wooly buggers
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