Tuesday, April 9, 2013

New Hampshire Atlantic Salmon

In New Hampshire, anglers fish for landlocked Atlantic salmon in a variety of lakes, ponds, and rivers. New Hampshire Fish and Game manages 15 lakes for landlocked salmon: Big Dan Hole Pond, First and Second Connecticut Lakes, Conway Lake, Lake Francis, Merrymeeting Lake, Newfound Lake, Ossipee Lake, Big and Little Squam Lakes, Sunapee Lake, Lake Winnipesaukee, Winnisquam Lake, Nubanusit Lake, and Pleasant Lake.

Atlantic salmon are also found in several New Hampshire rivers. A popular fishing area is found along the Winnipesaukee River, which flows through the Weirs channel into Paugus Bay, and through the Lakeport Dam/Lake Opechee area.

The stretch of the Winnipesaukee River through Laconia to Dixon Point at Lake Winnisquam is also popular for salmon and trout fishing.

Another possibility is Silver Lake's Lochmere Dam.

The Newfound River in Bristol contains fly-fishing-only water that can often produce drop-down salmon as well as rainbow trout.

Shore fishing is popular along the Merrymeeting River (fly-fishing-only), and the mouth of the Merrymeeting River, downstream of the famous stone arch bridge.

Other sites include the Long Island Bridge in Moultonborough, Governors Island Bridge in Gilford, Smith River inlet at Wolfeboro Bay, and Meredith and Center Harbor town docks.

According to New Hampshire Fish and Game, anglers are advised to take extra care when releasing salmon, in order to minimize hook wounding.

For more information, visit www.fishnh.com

source: New Hampshire Fish and Game

Monday, April 8, 2013

2013 Delaware Freshwater Trout Season

Trout season in upstate Delaware opened at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, April 6, according to the DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife. Trout streams will be stocked with thousands of rainbow and brown trout, including some trophy-sized fish.

Six designated trout streams in northern New Castle County include White Clay Creek, Christina Creek, Pike Creek, Beaver Run, Wilson Run and Mill Creek. Trout stocking will continue on a regular weekly basis through Thursday, May 2.

For most anglers wishing to try their luck at trout fishing, a Delaware fishing license is required. Resident and non-resident anglers age 16 and older are also required to obtain a Delaware Fisherman Information Network (F.I.N.) number. The free number is included as part of a Delaware fishing license purchase. License-exempt anglers, including Delaware residents 65 and older, may visit www.delaware-fin.com or call 800-432-9228 toll-free to obtain their free F.I.N. number.

In addition to Delaware’s normal fishing license requirements, most trout anglers also must purchase a Delaware Trout Stamp. Proceeds from the purchase of Delaware Trout Stamps are used to help purchase next year’s fish.

Downstate trout season remains open in Tidbury Pond in Dover and Newton Pond near Greenwood, both of which were stocked in March. Trout are a cold water species and can only survive while water temperatures in the ponds remain cool.

For more information, visit www.fw.delaware.gov/fisheries, or call 302-739-9914.

source: DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

New Jersey American Shad Regulations - Freshwater

The New Jersey DEP Division of Fish and Wildlife recently announced new regulations for American shad in fresh waters of the state.
The new regulations, coupled with regulation changes for marine waters, became effective January 1, 2013

All American shad fisheries (both commercial and recreational), in both marine and fresh waters, with the exception of the Delaware Bay, Delaware River and its tributaries, are closed (no possession, take or harvest).

The recreational possession limit in the Delaware Bay, Delaware River and its tributaries is 3 fish with no minimum size and an open season all year.

New Jersey's American shad regulations were taken to comply with Amendment 3 to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) management plan for American shad and river herring.

Working in conjunction with state partners from the Delaware River Basin Fish and Wildlife Management Cooperative (CO-OP), a sustainability plan for American shad was developed for the Delaware River estuary and subsequently approved by ASMFC's Shad and River Herring Board.

source: NJ DEP Division of Fish and Wildlife

Related Information

New Jersey American Shad Regulations (Delaware Bay, Delaware River)

Monday, April 1, 2013

2013 New York Trout-Salmon Season

Trout season in New York begins on April 1. According to the New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), anglers are likely to encounter high, cold water and icy banks and streambeds during the early fishing season, particularly in northern areas of the state.

For the 2013 fishing season, DEC is expected to stock more than 2 million brook, brown, and rainbow trout in state waters. In addition, the agency is expected to stock more than 2 million lake trout, steelhead, landlocked salmon, splake and coho salmon this spring.

During the 2013 trout season, creel surveys and trout population assessments will continue on eight streams across New York state to check the performance of the Catch Rate Oriented Trout Stocking (CROTS) model used by DEC to set stocking rates.

The study streams for this third and final year of the project are as follows:

Carmans River, Kinderhook Creek, Kayaderosseras Creek, Oriskany Creek, Big Creek, Otselic River, Meads Creek, and East Koy Creek.

Anglers fishing these waters can help by answering a few questions on their fishing trip if approached by a DEC creel clerk and by allowing the clerk to examine and measure any harvested fish.

Anglers can also participate by completing and returning the postage-paid catch cards distributed by creel clerks. Anglers returning catch cards to Cornell University will be entered in a random drawing for a $100 cash prize.

source: New York Department of Environmental Conservation