Thursday, April 21, 2016
Take advantage of New Hampshire's Free Fishing Day, coming Saturday, June 4, 2016. On Free Fishing Day, you can fish anywhere in New Hampshire - freshwater or saltwater - without a fishing license. Plan to get out and enjoy the day fishing with your family and friends. Both state residents and nonresidents may participate. All other fishing regulations must be followed, including season dates and bag limits.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
New Hampshire’s 2016 youth turkey hunt will take place Saturday, April 30, and Sunday, May 1, the weekend before spring gobbler season gets underway. This year marks the eleventh annual youth turkey hunt weekend in New Hampshire. During the 2015 youth weekend, young hunters took 446 turkeys, about 11% of the total spring turkey harvest.
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
One of the state’s premier wildlife watching opportunities is happening right now in Vermont. The steelhead rainbow trout have started their upstream migration, leaping up waterfalls in a spectacular display of determination on their way to their spawning grounds.
Friday, April 15, 2016
“The Winooski One fish lift typically opens in mid-March and operates through mid-May, with the purpose of allowing steelhead rainbow trout to make their natural spring migration, along with helping to support quality fishing opportunities for anglers,” said Brian Chipman, fisheries biologist with Vermont Fish & Wildlife.
Thursday, April 14, 2016
Vermont’s spring youth turkey hunting weekend is April 23-24, and the regular turkey season is May 1-31. While Vermont’s spring turkey seasons are safe (Vermont has not had any incidents in the last six years) precautions are needed to ensure they stay that way. Camouflage or drab colored clothing is almost mandatory to outwit a keen-sighted gobbler. Unfortunately, camouflage often makes it just as hard for hunters to spot one another as it does for turkeys.
Fishing in New Hampshire's designated trout ponds and fly-fishing-only ponds opens on the fourth Saturday in April -- this year's opening day is April 23. Fishing is allowed through October 15 (a few ponds managed under wild trout regulations are open only through Labor Day). These waters are managed specifically for trout and offer anglers the chance to experience exciting fishing in some of the Granite State's most scenic surroundings.
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Multi Species Change Up
This past week has been a cold one for spring and that has dropped the water temperatures and changing where the fish are positioned. Before this past week, the fish were migrating to the shallows, but they have backed off a bit waiting for the waters to warm some again.
So utilizing my electronics, I scoured the deeper water and found small schools of crappie in 14 FOW and were suspended 8 feet down. Using the Clam Blade Spoon, this allowed getting the bait back to the strike zone quickly and these fish were slamming the bait.
Hunting opportunity looks good for the 2016 spring gobbler season, according to N.H. Fish and Game Turkey Biologist Ted Walski. The spring turkey hunt opens on Tuesday, May 3, and runs through Tuesday, May 31, statewide. Last year (2015), spring turkey hunters in New Hampshire took more than 4,000 birds.
Friday, April 8, 2016
A total of 135 regular moose season permits and 25 archery moose season permits will be issued for Vermont’s 2016 October moose hunt. The regular season will be October 15-20, and the archery season is October 1-7.
Thursday, April 7, 2016
The 2016 winter fishing season started off slow statewide with warm weather and thin ice conditions. Ice thickness varied greatly from pond to pond and even from cove to cove. It was one of the most dangerous January’s that we had seen in recent years.
Friday, April 1, 2016
The public boat access facility to Newfound Lake at Wellington State Park in Bristol, NH, which had been closed due to unsafe ice conditions, will reopen on April 1, 2016, to coincide with the first day of open water fishing on lakes managed for lake trout and salmon.