Open-Water Landlocked Salmon Season Opens April 1
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8 months ago by Keith Worrall 173
Modified Mar 31st, 2019 at 12:13 PM
CONCORD, NH – April 1 marks the official start of the open-water fishing season on New Hampshire’s large lakes that are managed for landlocked salmon and lake trout, including Big Squam Lake, Lake Sunapee, and the “Big Lake” – Winnipesaukee.
The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department also manages 11 other waterbodies for landlocked salmon, including Big Dan Hole Pond, First and Second Connecticut, Conway, Francis, Merrymeeting, Newfound, Ossipee, Little Squam, and Winnisquam lakes. Pleasant Lake in New London is also managed for landlocked salmon, but classified under designated trout ponds and a special exception, with a 2019 opening date of April 27. Anglers are encouraged to test their skills on areas of open water. Landlocked salmon may never be taken through the ice.
The 2018-2019 New Hampshire winter will keep these lakes icebound for another several weeks, with a traditional mid- to late-April full ice-out likely in the central Lakes Region.