NH Fishing Report: 5.11.12

Family Fishing on Newfound Lake. Photo courtesy NH Fish and Game.

The New Hampshire Department of Fish & Game Department has posted its fishing report for the week of May 11, 2012.

Here are some highlights:

North Country

  • Smelt are running strong in the North Country lakes—and big trout, salmon and bass are on their heels.
  • The river systems that connect Lake Francis and First and Second Connecticut are presenting great opportunities as large fish enter in pursuit of smelt.

Lakes Region

  • Word is out that the white perch are beginning their spawning runs in area lakes.
  • Lake Winnisquam perch are staging at the Winnipesaukee River mouth as it enters the lake. Increased flows will draw these white perch up into the river to spawn.
  • Areas south of Mosquito Bridge on Winnisquam will also have their share of white perch. Work the shorelines with bait or jigs to find them.
  • Lochmere Dam (Silver Lake) and numerous bays on Lake Winnipesaukee are also producing perch.
  • Water temps in the big lakes are still in the low to mid-50 degree range, but the smallmouth spawn should start soon.

Southeast NH/Merrimack Valley

  • Great time to target broodstock Atlantic salmon the Pemigewasset and Merrimack Rivers.
  • Overwintering conditions appear to have been ideal for survival.


  • Groundfishing has been up and down.
  • Strong tides coupled with the haddock dispersing after spawning made for a rough fishing week.
  • This weekend will also be a good time to start looking for stripers.
  • Stripers reported in Lamprey River in Newmarket and the Cocheco River in Dover.
  • River herring are running strong again.
  • Winter flounder off to a slow start, bait supply may be factor.

To read the full fishing report:

New Hampshire Department of Fish & Game


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