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i believe the young smelt tolerate the warm water where the full size smelt do not, i see them right now thru august on top, literally a few feet from the surface in the morning before light and down sometimes only 10 feet or so in the afternoon even when its sunny and near 80 degrees. those your seeing down a hundred feet are more likely adult smelt. not sure but the feed may be different with the little ones or they will get eaten by the big ones if they drop down. theres one area on sebago i see them in august up top in schools a mile to a few miles long right on top. heres the kicker though, once the school thins out as in less dense in the afternoon, bigger flies and lures work better for me, not downsizing and its just that three to four colors, been using the planer every august for the last few years and thats how the bigger fish 6's and 7's have been coming in, i dont see that happening this year though, the fish are hard to find over 3 or 4 pounds, very few big fish this year and the hours put in are long
We have a HUGE Jack Smelt population in Squam, gets bigger every year, they camp out just under the bait pods close to or on the bottom. Biologist are nervous as they are cannibalistic and we have no laker population to speak of to thin them out.
But from what we see on the fish finder, there is no decrease in the smelt population, more and more each year, I suppose that has allot to do with less predators (Salmon). They gave us a heavier than normal stocking this year to try and take advantage of the bait.
It's all a fine balance and the biologist have a good handle on each lakes needs.
Our whole program depends on the Hatchery growing fish well "every" year, but Winni seems to do OK no matter what size fish go in, maybe it's the huge numbers put in, approximately 29,000 this year ?????????????? Last years bite size yearling Salmon that were stocked are still being caught regulary on Winni, we haven't caught a one and I dont think the other lakes have either.
But Winni is the main economic fishing lake in NH Lakes Region and it should be managed that way. It's amazing what a difference in quality 1 year with "no Derby" made. The Fall netting should tell an interesting story.
It's been a long time since I've seen quality photos of Winni fish like Travis posted, nice fish and two rumored (one for sure) over 6 the past 10 days or so.
The Derby prodced only 3 Salmon over 4lbs in two years and now 4's are being caught on a regular basis. What made the huge difference ????????????????
Sorry no big boys in your lake this year, maybe you'll find a few before the fat lady sings. Every now and then we pick one up in Squam but like you say, "long hours". Big problem is we aren't getting any smaller ones at all, no 2 or 3 year old fish at all. Allot is riding on this years stocking.
PS: We are doing the best off the G2 boards early mornings too, have you tried the new Quick Jig G2 Board yet.
Just wanted to say thanks for the report and follow up comments. Very interesting and informative reading. I saw the pic on cut2spec.com, very nice fish, congrats after all the time put in. Thanks again.
between 5 and 8 am almost every fish comes off the jiggerboard, after that change to a pumper and a stacker jigger. been fishing the pumper with three colors lead in the morning and changing to wire in the afternoon. dad runs the quick jig planer and that is his newer model design as well, doesnt dive like the earlier couple we had on that side of the boat. dont know if the quick jigger is working better than the 8 foot jig and stall as its dads first year with wire line and wire is tough when you first start using it, lots of tangled birdsnests LOL he will get the hang of it or the reel will go overboard yet. the jiggers with lures seem to work better some days than others compared to just trolling the lure, but change to flies and there is a night and day difference using the jiggers, never caught so many salmon with flies. i heard there was a new adjustable prop coming out which should be good, been experimenting with speeds and propsize and that seems to make a difference as well as the season changes
Thanks for sharing John. And thats a beauty of a Salmon.
dads been fishing the big john and cognac, ive been fishing an orange ghost?, a brown ghost, and the silver doctor, and one that was labeled 2008. have some more on order this week. hope they are still on top, hate catching them deep when the water is this warm, makes the release more difficult
I hope they are still up top too, I think they will be as we are gettin a cold front tonight, which could mean "no fish" tomorrow,ugh.
So far fishin solo this weekend, all my regular partners are busy, but I have a few invites out. So I better hit it right early with only two lines. But mother in law is itchy to fish, afternoons only of course, ha,ha..
I think two G2 Boards, probably Cognac and Big John will do the trick early.
Good Luck Mike.