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Old 03-25-2020, 05:35 PM   #1
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Question Salmon outlook

What's the outlook for salmon fishing this spring? I remember reading that there was a lost (stocking) class a while back. Will that effect this year's prospects?
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Old 03-25-2020, 05:39 PM   #2
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Default Catch and release?

A related question, what are thoughts on catch and release? Do people think it's better to allow the salmon to recover by a ban or would catch and release make enough of a difference? I don't like fish so have always released what I catch, and like to think I do it properly, but have seen others mishandle fish so badly they might as well have taken them home for dinner.
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Old 03-25-2020, 05:47 PM   #3
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A related question, what are thoughts on catch and release? Do people think it's better to allow the salmon to recover by a ban or would catch and release make enough of a difference? I don't like fish so have always released what I catch, and like to think I do it properly, but have seen others mishandle fish so badly they might as well have taken them home for dinner.
No ....... the Salmon are two fragile....... it would also foster the wrong impresion that you can catch a hunderd of them and be ok if you did not keep any.

The folks that fish for salmon could give you a 1000 better reasons. Salmon are not like Bass. Sounds great on paper but would never work. Not a good species for catch and release?

Edit: I think there may be a rule that even prevents this.
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Old 03-25-2020, 06:20 PM   #4
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In my opinion, this year will be the slowest year for catching salmon.

The good news is the Nashua hatchery has done a fantastic job of rearing this years smolt. They will be the largest stocked smolt in a number of years.

Age class recovery will begin this year but will take a couple more years before you really see a difference.

Regarding catch and release...if your fully versed in the proper handling and releasing of landlocked salmon, it certainly can’t hurt. If you need to have a picture of the fish while your holding it up by the gills, or your not using a rubber net, don’t bother.

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How does this years limited ice fishing season effect the upcoming fishing season?


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It doesn’t in my opinion, at least not Winnipesaukee.

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