Monadnock Region Heating Up
Submitted - 2005-05-07
There has been some excellent fishing in the area recently. Streams dropped to a very fishable level during the past week and a half. The relatively cool weather has actually seen some stream water temperatures drop a bit. Mid-day water temps of 52F this week versus 55F last. Lake and pond temps are 50F or less. Insect activity remains relatively sparse including black flies. Some caddis were seen this week as well as smaller stones, but no real hatches.
Good action on rainbows in the Souhegan (soft hackle pheasant tails, root beer and Kelley green woolys), Willard Pond (black midges on top, streamers deep), Whittemore in Bennington yielded a 20"+ brown late week (olive hornberg). In Troy - the S. Branch Ashuelot action has been a bit slower, the upper Ashuelot near Marlow fished very well this week, upper Contoocook is yielding fish in Jaffery and Peterborough on standard early season stuff. Similar reports for most waters. In typical fashion Dublin lake has given up several 20"+ brookies at the season start, but not on the fly. Further east, the NH section of the Nissitissit has had heavier weekend fishing pressure with a fair number of stocked brookies taken. Smaller "brookie" streams have been on and off, but Town Line (Peterborough), Moose (Hancock), Nubanussit (Peterborough), Gridley (Sharon) are all running very cold with fish taking nymphs.
On the non-trout front, smallmouth fishing has been slow in all waters. Powdermill Pond in Bennington had a brief period of excellent fly fishing for Black Crappie.
Stocking trucks have been all around and the local TU Chapter will helping with some float stocking as well . Fishing pressure has only been noticeable on the weekend and barely measurable midweek. Poaching in the lower section of the Souhegan River's delayed harvest section has been common. Please report all violations
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