Fishing

Environment
4:49 pm
Wed December 31, 2014

Ice Conditions Still Dangerous Across New Hampshire

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State officials are warning ice conditions are more dangerous than they appear.

After an unseasonably warm December, a hard frost has settled over New Hampshire, coating many ponds and lakes with a layer of ice. That ice may look solid, but in many cases it’s not nearly thick enough for ice fishing or snow mobiles.

Kevin Jordan with Fish and Game says to hike or fish safely you need four to six inches of solid ice, and for snowmobiling you need eight to ten inches.

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Word of Mouth
2:13 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

Busting Ice Fishing Myths With The Fish Nerds

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Think ice fishing is old fashioned? Think again! The Fish Nerds are here to tell you that modern ice fishing in New Hampshire incorporates technology, all of the creature comforts you could ever want and a generous helping of fun and camaraderie.

Listen to their conversation, with Virginia, below.

Well, it sure doesn’t have to be. Bob houses and fishing huts can accommodate a heater large enough to keep you warm while you wait for the fish to bite. Dave and Clay told us about a guy who puts a hot tub next to his bob house and stays nice and toasty all season long.

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Word of Mouth
2:13 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

12.23.14: To Friend Or Un-Friend, Ice Fishing In N.H., & Schlocky British Christmas Hits

The Ferguson decision, Eric Garner protests, and immigration are all topics we avoid at the holiday table, but opinions run free on Facebook. On today’s show what do you do when your Facebook friends make racist posts?

Plus, think ice fishing is for people who like to drink and dislike their families? The fishing nerds say the times they have-a-changed…

Also today, bad taste among the British; we’ll review the UK traditions of really bad Christmas number ones.

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NH News
12:33 pm
Sat December 20, 2014

N.H.'s Catch Limit Fishing Rules Will Change In 2014

New Hampshire's Fish and Game Department says changes have been made to rules for catching smelt, striped bass, white perch, haddock and cod for 2015.

Daily limits have been reduced for smelt to accommodate a decline and striped bass to comply with a fishery management plan.

The daily limit of 25 white perch for coastal waters now matches the limit for inland waters.

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Environment
8:40 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Officials Meet In Portsmouth To Discuss 2015 Shellfish Rules

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New Hampshire health, environment and wildlife officials are holding a public meeting on shellfish rules for 2015.

The information session set for Tuesday night in Portsmouth will be an opportunity for the public to hear about a dye tracking study that traced effluent flows from the Pierce Island wastewater treatment facility to Little Harbor and areas of Portsmouth Harbor out to Odiorne Point. Officials say that study indicates that shellfish harvesting in those areas need to be closed.

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Foodstuffs
5:09 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Foodstuffs: Two 'Nerds' Catch, Eat Their Way Through New Hampshire's Freshwater Fish

Clay Groves (left) and Dave Kellam, aka The Fish Nerds, in a file photo from 2011.
Credit Amy Quinton, NHPR

For the past several years, two men calling themselves The Fish Nerds have been on a quest to catch and eat all the species of New Hampshire freshwater fish. Their quest is now complete.

Clay Groves and Dave Kellam talked with All Things Considered about what they learned while trying to “Catch-m-All and Eat-m-All.”

How did this all get started?

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Newscast
7:30 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Fish And Game Hold Hearings On Fishing Relief Funds

New Hampshire Fish and Game officials are holding two hearings on a draft plan to distribute $1.1 million in economic relief funds to the state's groundwater fishing industry.

The hearings will be held Monday and Tuesday night at 6 at the Urban Forestry Center in Portsmouth.

Monday's meeting focuses on the commercial groundfish industry and Tuesday's on the for-hire groundfish industry.

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Word of Mouth
2:22 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

8.12.14: The Fight For Our Seafood & How To Write Short

Shrimp Boats in Venice, Louisiana.
Credit finchlake2000 via flickr Creative Commons

Despite having 94,000 miles of coastline and millions of acres of rivers, America imports 91% of its seafood. Today we explore the case for reviving the nation’s local fisheries. And, we’ll stay local with filmmaker Jay Craven, whose film Northern Borders is now on tour in New Hampshire. He tells us about the economics of regional filmmaking. Plus, word craft for fast times: a writing teacher celebrates the beauty and efficacy of writing short. 

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Newscast
11:47 am
Sun August 10, 2014

Fish And Game Dept. Asks Anglers To Release Radio Tagged Bass

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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.

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Foodstuffs
4:57 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Foodstuffs: Farm-Share For Fishing Program Expands In Year Two

A catch in 2013 from New Hampshire Community Seafood. The program is expanding to new parts of New Hampshire in its second year.
Credit Sarah VanHorn, Manager of NH Community Seafood / N.H. Sea Grant

This is the second year for a New Hampshire program that brings the farm share model to fish.

It’s called New Hampshire Community Seafood, and it was the subject of a recent column by David Brooks, who writes the weekly Granite Geek science column for the Nashua Telegraph and Granite Geek.org. He joined us on All Things Considered to talk about the program.

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Newscast
10:39 am
Mon May 26, 2014

Free North Country Workshops For Fly Fishing Beginners

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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.

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Newscast
9:54 am
Mon May 5, 2014

N.H. Fish And Game Asks Anglers To Help With Striped Bass Survey

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 .     

Newscast
2:05 pm
Sat April 26, 2014

Weather Delays Trout Stocking In N.H., But Not Opening Day

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.

The Exchange
9:00 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Funding Fish And Game

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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.

GUESTS:

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NH News
3:31 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

N.H. Joins Lawsuit Aimed At Blocking Fishing Regulations

The Gulf Of Maine Cod is one of the species of fish affected by the federal groundfishing regulations.

New Hampshire is joining a lawsuit arguing that new federal rules will devastate New England's groundfishing industry.

Gov. Maggie Hassan and Attorney General Joseph Foster said Monday that New Hampshire has joined a lawsuit Massachusetts filed against fishing regulators in May seeking to block the rules.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Mon June 17, 2013

The Mortal Sea (rebroadcast)

In a new book, UNH professor Jeffrey Bolster argues the North Atlantic, for all its vastness and power, is deeply vulnerable.and has suffered cycles of over fishing for centuries, with each new method of fishing causing stocks to decline. We’ll look back at this history and what it might teach us about restoring our oceans to health.

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W. Jeffrey Bolster - UNH Professor and author of the new book "The Mortal Sea: Fishing the Atlantic in the Age of Sail"

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NH News
11:56 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Bass Fishing Newest High School Sport In N.H.

Winnisquam High School show off their haul at Thursday's first N.H. high school bass tournament.
Todd Bookman NHPR

  

This was no place for marching bands, pep rallies or cheerleaders. Fifty four teams, each composed of two students, met on the dark waters of Lake Winnipesaukee under threatening skies.

“I’ve got a spinning rod set up, I’m going to be fishing mostly spinners,” says Campbell High School Junior Connor Perry. “My other teammate is going to be fishing mostly some worms. See what works out today, got to see what they want.”  

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Word of Mouth
5:11 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Ice Fishing Angles Toward Innovation

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NHPR’s Sam Evans-Brown found that the traditional ice-fishing bob-houses that pop up each winter may be on their way out. Earlier this month, Sam caught up with Dave Genz—the man credited as the “Godfather of modern ice fishing” and the only ice-angler to be named to America’s fresh water fishing hall of fame—as he fished and demonstrated and some of the newer innovations to the winter sport.



The Exchange
9:00 am
Fri November 30, 2012

The Mortal Sea

In a new book, UNH professor Jeffrey Bolster argues the North Atlantic, for all its vastness and power, is deeply vulnerable.and has suffered cycles of over fishing for centuries, with each new method of fishing causing stocks to decline.  We’ll look back at this history…and what it might teach us about restoring our oceans to health.

Guest

W. Jeffrey Bolster - UNH Professor and author of the new book "The Mortal Sea: Fishing the Atlantic in the Age of Sail""

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Environment
4:43 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

N.H. Fishery Receives Disaster Declaration

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New Hampshire fishermen facing cuts and closures imposed on them because of declining fish populations say regulators are putting them out of business. Thursday those fishermen learned that they might get some financial relief. The federal government has declared a disaster in the New England Ground-fish fishery.

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All Things Considered
5:44 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Tracking Mercury Through The Food Chain

A sign in Massachusetts warns people not to eat the fish because of mercury.
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For years doctors and health officials have been trying to warn consumers about the risk of mercury in fish.

The new short film “Mercury: From Source to Seafood” is trying to aid in that effort by filling in a bit more of our understanding of how mercury ends up in fish.

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All Things Considered
5:38 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Fishing Industry Hailing New Federal Administrator, Bracing for New Cuts

Next year could be a critical year for commercial fishermen in New England.

That’s because regulators said last week at a meeting in Portsmouth, that they may institute sharp cuts in catch limits on a number of groundfish species, like cod and haddock.

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NH News
5:37 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

Lead Sinkers Bill Heads to the House

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For some Granite Staters the loon represents the state in a very emotional way, and supporters of the bird were out in force on Tuesday, defending a bill that would ban lead fishing gear. The bill was being heard by the House Fish and Game Committee, and attendees over-flowed out the door of a double capacity hearing room. 

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NH News
5:06 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

Trout Stocking Feels Spring Heat

A fishing license in New Hampshire goes for $35. That money helps fund the State’s six fish hatcheries, where the vast majority of trout that anglers reel in are raised. 

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Something Wild
12:00 am
Fri April 6, 2012

Get the Lead Out

Photo by kurtfaler via Flickr/Creative Commons.

As anglers dust off their tackle boxes, it's a great time to make sure that all the lead is out. Decades of research by the Loon Preservation Committee in Moultonborough has proven the toxicity of lead fishing tackle to wildlife. One lead sinker an ounce or less in weight can kill a loon in a matter of weeks. Loons swallow grit and pebbles that help to grind up food, and sometimes there's a sinker in the gravelly mix. Fishermen lose a lot of sinkers. 

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Environment
3:00 pm
Mon April 2, 2012

Regulators Punt Big Cut in Cod Limits

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has announced cuts to the catch limits on Atlantic Cod for the 2012 fishing year. But New Hampshire fishermen got a reprieve, since the cuts could have been much worse.

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StateImpact
10:30 am
Mon December 12, 2011

How Defense Cuts Hurt New England Lobstermen–And Maybe Even Lowered Lobster Prices

Defense spending comes to states in many forms…including lobster.
Tup Wanders Flickr

Late last week, we posted a cool infographic, courtesy of the journalists at Stateline, taking a look at the percentage of each state’s GDP that’s made up by federal spending.  The group then subdivided federal spending into defense-related spending and everything else.

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Environment
2:43 pm
Fri December 9, 2011

Fisheries Study Shows Unhealthy Cod Population

 

Scientists and commercial fishermen are at odds over a new report on overfishing in the Gulf of Maine.

A National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration study gives a dire assessment of the health of the codfish population. 

At a meeting in Portsmouth, federal regulators met with fishermen to discuss the study that has yet to be peer reviewed. 

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Arts & Culture
4:45 pm
Fri November 18, 2011

A Quest To Catch-m-All and Eat-m-All

Amy Quinton, NHPR

Two New Hampshire men are on an unusual quest… to catch and eat every kind of freshwater fish in the state.

Except for the endangered ones, of course. So far, they’ve caught 35 of the 48 species of fish living in the state’s rivers, lakes, and streams.

Lots of people try to catch fish… and no doubt some anglers have tried to catch many different kinds…

But catching them all…and then eating them all? That’s something I had to see.

So I set out in a kayak along the Merrimack River with fishing buddies Clay Groves and Dave Kellem.

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