Pretty much saying what I wrote. Something is out of balance and they may want people to keep more of the fish they catch. Less hook wounded fish better bigger fish?
With that said the article I read today states that NH F&G does some kind of sonar testing to gauge the smelt population to determine stocking rates. Not sure how long this has been going on but maybe it coincides with the uptick in the fishery? Quick look at the last three years...
2009 Winni 27350LL Squam 3800LL
2010 Winni 29512 LL Squam 3700
2011 Winni 26251LL Squam 3150
Decent drop from 10-11 by 3300 in Winni and a slow trend down on Squam.
Seems to me there is no coincidence that the other lakes that top Winni in the netting survey have less fish stocked, less fishing pressure and probably have more food for less fish.
I'd also like to see a 2 season's...
April-,June15 and Sept.Nov. 15.
To hot around here to be bothering these fish in the hot summer months. Even if this as just for Winni, leave the other lakes open in the summer if people really want to go after them. NEXT! :)