The New Hampshire Department of Fish and Game is asking anglers fishing in the Squam Lakes to immediately release any largemouth and smallmouth bass that were radio-tagged as part of a state study. The bass will have a thin wire protruding from their underside and a yellow numbered tag near their dorsal fin. The goal of the three-year study is to determine the percentage of bass returning to Big Squam Lake after being lake and weighed in and released in Little Squam Lake, and how long it takes them. Both lakes are popular destinations for bass tournaments and recreational bass anglers. The department says if most of the bass released in the Little Squam don't return to Big Squam, it could lead to increased competition for food and habitat.
Striped bass are starting to arrive in New Hampshire's coastal waters, and the state wants to figure out how many are out there. To help state and federal fisheries biologists assess the status of the population, the state Fish and Game Department is asking anglers to participate in an online survey. Participants are asked to measure each striped bass they catch. The survey is the only method the department currently has to get length measurements on fish that are released. There's been a survey since 1993. It can be found at http://www.fishnh.com/marine/striper_survey.html .
New Hampshire Fish and Game and the Division of Parks and Recreation are offering two free fly-fishing workshops in the North Country. Officials urge interested anglers to register soon, as these workshops fill up fast. A two-day workshop will take place June 7-8 at Coleman State Park in Stewartstown. A second workshop is offered by the Haverhill Recreation Department June 28-29. The workshops are open to anglers age 13 and up, although those 13-16 must be accompanied by an adult.
This agency does much more than serve hunters and anglers, it’s also involved in search and rescue, land conservation, and habitat management. Despite all these responsibilities, hunting and fishing license fees are the main revenue source. Now, some in the Statehouse are taking hard look expanding that base - to hikers, canoers, and the many others who enjoy the great outdoors.
After a brief delay, New Hampshire Fish and Game department trucks have been heading out to stock the state's lakes and ponds with trout. Saturday is opening day for the state's designated trout ponds. Fish stocking generally occurs from mid-March to early July, but it didn't start until the last days of March this year because spring conditions were slow to arrive. Inland Fisheries Chief Jason Smith says with cold, high waters from melting snow, it will be a few weeks before rivers and streams are at "fishable'' levels.