Submitted - 2005-08-03
Fishing for trout in the rivers and ponds has slowed recently from warm temps in the southern portion of the Merrimack River Valley. Some fish could be caught in this area now but I feel that the trout may be stressed if hooked right now. I'll give them a break until late August or early September. If you don't have the time to travel north for the cooler water temps try and release your fish as soon as possible.
If you like fishing for the warm water species you can enjoy some pretty good fishing in this area now. I fished Pawtuckaway on Monday of this week and caught and release some nice smallmouth bass. Gartside sparrows and muddler minnows were working very well on floating lines. Fish the coves and islands anywhere on this lake and you should catch fish. This lake has really got all you need for good bass fishing. Watch out for all the rocks just below the surface. A good thing to do if you are fishing this lake for the first time is follow the pontoon boats when traveling to and from the coves. Most of these boats are owned by people that live on the lake and they know the safest areas to navigate.
Can't wait for the fall broodstock salmon fishing! Tom This report was provided by Mountain Road Fly Shop in Raymond, NH. Follow this link for more specific information on the reports or the area - http://mountainroadfly.com