OK. It’s raining. Flyrod’s ready. It’s your only day off. And you’re worrying the stream will be too high. Here’s a quick link to check, thanks to FlyFishingInNH.com They’ve used USGS flowrate data and tabulated the data with input from anglers to create a nice chart that indicates when rates are too high, too low or just right. Goldilocks should have had it so good!
Here it is: www.flyfishinginnh.com/home_flow.php
Bookmark that link in your smartphone, and you’ll be in great shape. Consider also registering as a member of FlyFishingInNH.com as well. You’ll get access to the message board where there’s some very good info from anglers sharing about what’s happening on New Hampshire’s streams and lakes.
In New Hampshire, a popular destination for anglers is Lake Winnipesaukee. The massive body of water holds a huge variety of species and is a great place to pursue rainbow trout, lake trout (togue) and landlocked salmon. These fish are temperature sensitive. Lake temps in the 30s & 40s mean the cold water fish could be found throughout the water column. Temps in the 50s? More likely they’ll be a little further down, and further still once the water temps climb. This of course is dependent on many other factors: which salmonid species you are targeting, time of day, hatches, wind and condition of the thermocline, but water temp is still a major factor. To get an idea of what the Winni water temp is, check these sources: www.winnipesaukee.com/tempcal/index.cgi The site does not always post the lake temp, so keep this phone number handy: the Lake Winnipesaukee Data Phone, 603 527-0071. This is a recording with daily info: lake level and precipitation readings, water temp, plus flow rate at the Lakeport Dam in Laconia (the outlet of Lake Winnipesaukee). This data is also handy if you’re going to fish Lake Opechee, just below Winni and I also use it to approximate the state of neighboring lakes in central New Hampshire.
Speaking of Winnipesaukee, there is a fantastic community of anglers to be found on www.FishLakeWinni.com Check their message board to find out the latest on the big lake. This group also fishes Lake Champlain, Canada and our seacoast, so there’s no shortage of information here. There’s also no shortage of characters and monitoring the message board can be quite entertaining at times! There’s always a certain amount of good natured ribbing going on and members welcome newcomers. Just remember to be polite and try to bring something to the table when you can; take time to share your experience, even if you catch nothing. It helps everyone to figure out where the fish are. One caveat: not everyone will share the exact lure or fly they’re using, or exactly where they’re finding fish. Entries can be a little coded sometimes, but overall there’s plenty of quality info here.
Finally, New Hampshire Fish & Game posts weekly reports, from late April through September, on their web site. They post fish stocking info too! By subscribing to their e-service you can also receive the reports and other bulletins by email. www.wildlife.state.nh.us/Fishing/fishing_reports.htm
OK, so now your online “tackle box” is ready. Stop reading and go fishing! It’s your only day off, right?
- NH stream flow rates www.flyfishinginnh.com/home_flow.php
- Winnipesaukee water temp: www.winnipesaukee.com/tempcal/index.cgi
- Winnipesaukee Data Phone: 603 527-0071
- Angler message boards: www.FishLakeWinni.com & www.FlyFishingInNH.com
- NH Fish & Game fishing reports: www.wildlife.state.nh.us/Fishing/fishing_reports.htm