05/30/12 Lake Winnisquam, Laconia
Conditions: cloudy, lt breeze, 70s
Equipment: downrigger rod, fly rod w sinking line and long leader for trolling, lead core set up
Baits: spinners, streamers, spoons
Joining my fishing partner, Roger Proulx of Just Maple, we launched from the new state ramps on the Winnipesaukee River in Laconia and motored out across Winnisquam to Sanbornton. We had a little business to do… a visit to the beautiful Lake House at Ferry Point to meet the new owners, John and Cindy. From the inn’s breathtaking vantage point, we were able to survey potential spots and chose the eastern shore paralleled by the rail bed in Belmont. The cloud cover was perfect. A light breeze rippled the water, making us less visible to surface feeding fish. As rain showers passed on the north end of the lake, big hatch started in – several species of insects were emerging from the lake. With the stage set, the action began in earnest, late afternoon. By then we were working the western, Sanbornton side of the lake. A chunky rainbow trout slammed a streamer on the fly rod, then a laker hit a spoon about ten feet down on the downrigger, followed by salmon on the fly and another laker on the ‘rigger. Our best results were working in less than 40’ of water with surface or subsurface presentations. It was a great afternoon and evening spent on one of NH’s excellent salmon and lake trout waters.
05/28/12 Robinson Pond, Hudson
Conditions: sunny, calm early 70
Equipment: fly rod, ultralight rod
Baits: spinners, flies
Kayak trip to local pond in Hudson that holds numerous warm water species. Searched deeper water by trolling a Mepps spinner on the ultralight rod and picked up a couple of black crappie. Seeing fish jump out of the water along the shoreline, I switched to the flyrod, getting enthusiastic takes from pumpkinseed sunfish on a dry fly.