10/1/13: Moore Reservoir, Littleton
Conditions: fog early, in the 40s; sun later,calm, 70s
Equipment: medium weight spinning tackle, flyrod
Baits: spinners and spinnerbaits, large spoons, swimbaits, bunny-strip pike flies
Took a day off to fish the Moore Reservoir with a friend. We picked one of those glorious fall days that is just a gift: when summer re-appears among fall’s foliage. North of Franconia Notch, the colors were nearly more than the mind could absorb.
The Moore Reservoir has several good accesses. We used the launch on the dam side, leaving 93 at Exit 44 just over the bridge that spans the south end of the “lake”. Actually an impoundment of the Connecticut River, the reservoir holds numerous species of fish: bass, trout, salmon, pike, pickerel and perch.
Mists hugged the water early that morning as the chill clung to my fleece layers. By afternoon, I’d be fishing with my shirt off in summer-like heat. Casting along the shoreline, we hooked smallmouth bass, northern pike and yellow perch. The fishing was not fast and furious… slowing further as the sun grew higher, but I was grateful for the utter silence of Moore’s massive, undeveloped expanse. Save for a couple kayakers, we were the only ones on the water, leaving the reservoir behind for the long drive home around 3:30. On the return, it was fantastic show of autumn color – reaching from the valleys to the imposing heights of Mount Lafayette and Cannon in Franconia. We New Hampshire residents are blessed to live in such a beautiful state.