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Old 06-09-2021, 07:35 PM   #1
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Not trying to start a ***** storm but just have a question.
Seems like every 20 minutes on weekends a bass boat slides right up to our dock. They have every right and I don't object....the lake belongs to everyone.
But bass are spawning at this time of year and we usually see several nests being cleared and momma is swimming around to protect her nest.
They don't last even three days. We watch as they catch them....used to be some sizable fish out there but recently they only seem to be well under 2lbs.
How can they reproduce when they are caught before they can even lay their eggs?
Nothing against fishing but it seems like they could lay off a bit when they are spawning so they'll have fish for future years
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Old 06-09-2021, 07:46 PM   #2
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Unfortunately with the popularity of Bass fishing, growing on the lake this was an inevitable problem. This like is not a hot bed of Bass breading and habitat. And thus over fishing is a reality on this lake.

Ultimately what will hopefully happen, is that the Bass fisherman will start to lose interest in Winnipesaukee, as the size and number of bass available to catch dwindles and then they can naturally build their numbers and sizes back up.

Over the years I have noted that bass fishing on the lake, changes and goes through popularity peaks and valleys.... Hopefully we are near peak, and we will head into a valley.....

With all that said there is a very serious problem I have noted on the lake in recent years, while I see many fisherman practicing catch and release, I am noticing the number of them doing it properly dwindling. Many more fish then ever before are being spotted belly up on the lake, in almost all cases I decided to look at (the ones that end up on my shoreline)... Hooks have been riped out cause internal damage, instead of removed properly with Pliers to limit the damage.
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Old 06-09-2021, 09:11 PM   #3
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Yea guys, can you please like not enjoy the lake at all in the manner in which itís suppose to be used. NIMBY
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Old 06-09-2021, 09:21 PM   #4
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just as an fyi, momma lays the eggs and scoots. Thatís dad protecting nest..
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Old 06-09-2021, 09:24 PM   #5
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They are supposed to Catch and Release until June 15th

But I have seen them catch and release the care givers over and over and itís pretty hard on them.

We always nick name every fish Nemo. They caught Nemo !!!

https://www.wildlife.state.nh.us/fishing/seasons.html
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The regs are here:

http://www.eregulations.com/wp-conte...1NHFW_VLR3.pdf

From May 15 to June 15 bass are catch and release only.

If you see otherwise, get a picture and dime them out!
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Old 06-10-2021, 05:21 AM   #7
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Yea guys, can you please like not enjoy the lake at all in the manner in which itís suppose to be used. NIMBY
Welcome back, one trick pony. Not all is NIMBY (like, 75% of your posts) and, in fact, this is just the opposite: it's "be responsible so you can have BETTER experiences in my back yard."

Sam's actually a RUMBY!

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Old 06-10-2021, 05:55 AM   #8
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Some of the best small mouth fishing in New England is on this lake... pretty sure catch and release is working just fine for over decades.
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Old 06-10-2021, 06:40 AM   #9
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just as an fyi, momma lays the eggs and scoots. Thatís dad protecting nest..
When the "catch" is being admired, Sunnies (or more recently, Rock Bass) race in for a snack.
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Some of the best small mouth fishing in New England is on this lake... pretty sure catch and release is working just fine for over decades.
You can think that, but I have the same observances as SAMIAM.... With over 30 years on this lake in the same spot I know what I used to see and what I see now...

An important note brought up in this thread is the presence of Rock bass which has continued to grow, over the last 10 years......

There is some good Small mouth fishing on the lake... Unfortunately the number of good bass fisherman with good practices is a different story. I watch the various techniques used to de-hook them all the time, with no more the 10 or 20 feet between my eye balls sitting on my dock, and the fisherman catching them. More and more I see less handling of fish and removing the hook properly, and more flicking of the line to get the fish off, which tends to cause damage.

I am all for the rights of fisherman, or anyone that wants to enjoy this lake and what it has to offer.... but those people need to learn how to properly do so an a manor which protects the enviornment.... And that art is getting lost.
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Old 06-10-2021, 03:45 PM   #11
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A well-timed cannonball off the dock prior to the fishermen approaching will usually spook the local fish. Fishermen move along; Nemo remains safe.
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