Kayak fishing regional reports from Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island.
The last week of August and the first week of September, Marian & I were at the Greely Cabin in Center Conway, NH on Conway Lake. The cabin is located adjacent to Rose’s Cove. Wily Creek flows into the cove and the lake.
When I moved to New Hampshire over six years ago, I was excited about the fact that I was less than an hour away from the longest river in New England. 410 miles long, the Connecticut River winds its way from its headwaters near the Canadian border creating the border of Vermont and New Hampshire, and slicing through Massachusetts and Connecticut before providing 70% of the fresh water that enters Long Island Sound.
It’s late April, and the ice has barely been out for three weeks in southwest New Hampshire. I decided to head out at the crack of 8:00 to see what was going on at the local ponds. The cool morning quickly warmed with the sun, and I was surprised to see the water temperature when I launched was 52°F; a week ago it was just pushing 40°F. The water was glassy calm, and I was hoping to find some bass moving up into the shallow water and laying their claim to some prime bedding spots.
So for the past 4 years I have been living in NH and have only fished the CT River once and that was on a company outing that I snuck a fishing rod on. That day I only got in 4 casts but got a nice small mouth bass. Every year I say I am going to head out there but I always seem to take the 2 hour drive east to the salt water to chase stripers instead of the 40 minute drive west to the river.
I met up with my friend Val Saturday morning down on Cape Cod, MA to fish Barnstable Harbor for some schoolie stripers. I had a friend from work along with me that had never sat in a kayak before or fished for stripers. Luckily, Scott is a seasoned steelhead angler from the Pacific Northwest, so it didn’t take long for him to pick it up.
This past Saturday night was our “Supermoon” for the year. The Supermoon is the time when the Moon’s orbit is closest to the earth. During this time the Moon appears approximately 14% larger, and you will see some of the biggest tides of the year in the days leading up to and following it. Unfortunately, I was not able to get to the coast to fish the tides and experience some of the great fishing I would later hear about...
Lake George can be divided up into several major areas, the area I fish the most is Bolton Bay and the area of the lake just south of the “Narrows”. Within a 30 minute paddle of any of the launches in Bolton Landing, you can catch any of the species the lake has to offer.
Having grown up on Lake George this lake will always be a magical place in my mind. However, unlike so many childhood memories that rarely meet expectations when you try to relive them, Lake George has actually exceeded mine. Having spent time kayak fishing on this lake for the majority of the last 30 summers I have been able to watch this fishery and lake recover from overuse and in some cases abuse.