New England Fishing TV Report: Lake Winnipesaukee, NH

Season 2 of New England Fishing TV is off and running, and we now have Episode One “in the can,” as they say—or used to say—in the TV biz. Last week, Director AJ Derosa, cameraman Kyle Potten and I made the trek to New Hampshire’s Lake Winnipesaukee, where we met up with guide Jason Parent of Salmon Patrol Charters, based at Fay’s Boatyard in Gilford.

As we learned from Jason, you have to get up early if you want to enjoy the best salmon action, so we left the dock at 5:30 a.m., heading onto the calm and foggy lake. After short run we arrived at one of Jason’s favorite spots and set a spread of 5 lines, all baited with live shiners and smelt. With Jason’s son Hayden at the helm, we slow-trolled the baits through a misty cove, and it wasn’t long before one of the rods bent over in its holder. In short order, we had our first landlocked in the net—a 15-incher. After a few photos we released that fish and returned to trolling—but not for long, because 5 minutes later we had another fish in the boat, this one a bit bigger.

The bite continued steadily as the overcast skies kept the salmon in a feeding mood. Most were one-year-olds stocked the year before, but then the rod doubled over with what was clearly a better fish. As I led it closer to the boat, it cleared the water in a series of leaps, and we could see that it was a beauty in the 4-pound range. And that’s when it got real quiet on the boat.

Fortunately, the fish was well hooked, and soon it was flopping in Jason’s landing net—to much celebration and relief.

As the morning wore on, the action slowed, as Jason had predicted, although we managed to scratch out a few more salmon on trolled spoons and flies, and had another 2 fish that threw the hook.

Overall, it was a productive morning of spring salmon fishing, and it should make for an entertaining and very informative episode. As we learned, there’s a lot more to salmon fishing—at least successful salmon fishing—than towing a live bait behind the boat.

You can watch the Lake Winnipesaukee salmon episode when the new season of New England Fishing airs next winter on NESN.