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Chef's Night at The Bay Restaurant in Center Harbor

CENTER HARBOR — The Bay Restaurant in Center Harbor is becoming known for its creative take on Chef's Nights. The Bay
features tapas- style theme nights monthly. Greek Night, Seafood, History of New Hampshire food, and Farm- to- Table are just to name a few events featured this past year.

Customers enjoy a 5 course meal, tapas style for around $30 per person. Serving 5 courses in demi portions allow the customer to sample a variety of dishes at a casual pace. The Bay's manager and head chef, Chris Lopes and owner Amy Elfline, have been working hard to research and develop interesting monthly themes. The results are authentic and creative menus that customers have been enjoying since 2012.
The spring season starts with an Italian Night on March 28. This is not your ordinary spaghetti, red sauce and meatballs, but a delicious tour of Italy from North to South. On Friday night April 25 The Bay will be highlighting Island Cuisine. This will include specialty dishes from Jamaica, Hawaii, Cuba, and the Caribbean. Traditional Southern cooking will wrap up the spring season on May 30.
Reservations for these culinary tours typically fill up quickly. For more information about The Bay restaurant and our events please visit themugrestaurant.com or call 677-7141.

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 March 2014 06:38

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Loon migration to be celebrated on April 12 in Moultonborough

MOULTONBOROUGH — The 4th Annual Spring Migration Gathering is being held at Magic Foods Catering from 5-7 p.m. on Saturday, April 12.

Supporters of the non-profit Loon Preservation Committee (LPC) will gather to "Welcome Back our Loons." LPC Board and Staff will be on hand to answer questions and update the crowd on the status of New Hampshire's most beloved bird. Light hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar will be available. LPC is also taking reservations for a Four-Course Dinner to follow the event for those interested in staying on for their evening meal. LPC must receive payment in advance for both the cocktail reception and the dinner.

To anyone who has ever heard a loon's plaintive call across a lake, or watched the beautiful black and white birds dive for food to feed their chicks, the thought of not being able to share our pristine New Hampshire lakes with them is disturbing. It is for that reason LPC was organized 39 years ago. Since then, the grassroots organization has worked to restore and maintain a healthy population of loons throughout the state.

For information on admission to the event, or how you can support the work of the Loon Preservation Committee, please contact the Development Office at 476-5666, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 March 2014 09:08

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Landlocked Salmon and Lake Trout Fishing Opens April 1

CONCORD — The snow might be hanging on in much of the state, but April 1 is the day New Hampshire anglers have been dreaming about through the long, cold winter -- the start of open-water fishing on the big lakes that the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department manages for landlocked salmon and lake trout.

It looks like we will experience a late April "ice out" in the central Lakes Region, with North Country lakes a good week and a half after that. With the deep snowpack, tributary streams will benefit with increased flows, attracting spawning smelt, the prime forage fish for landlocked salmon. Fall netting (2013) revealed a strong, age-3 year-class of salmon in Sunapee and Winnipesaukee lakes, which will dominate the catch. There will also be some trophy-sized salmon available in Big Squam Lake," said N.H. Fish and Game Large Lakes Biologist Don Miller.

New Hampshire Fish and Game manages 14 lakes for landlocked salmon: Big Dan Hole Pond, First and Second Connecticut Lakes, Conway Lake, Lake Francis, Merrymeeting Lake, Newfound Lake, Ossipee Lake, Big and Little Squam Lakes, Sunapee Lake, Lake Winnipesaukee and Winnisquam Lake. Pleasant Lake in New London also is managed for landlocked salmon, but is classified as a trout pond, with a 2014 opening date of April 26.

Anglers should check out the Winnipesaukee River, which flows through the Weirs channel into Paugus Bay, and through the Lakeport Dam/Lake Opechee area. "Drop-down" salmon (and rainbow trout) are found throughout these river reaches. Other traditional areas include the Winnipesaukee River through Laconia to Dixon Point at Lake Winnisquam, and Lochmere Dam at Silver Lake. There is often a sizable piece of open water in Lake Winnisquam where the river drains into the lake. This water can be easily accessed by the N.H. Fish and Game boat access ramp, just upstream in Laconia.

The Newfound River in Bristol offers great fly-fishing-only water that can often produce drop-down rainbows and salmon. Additionally, several popular Winnipesaukee shore fishing locations exist at the Merrymeeting River (fly-fishing-only, barbless, catch and release), and the mouth of the Merrymeeting River as it enters Alton Bay, downstream of the famous stone arch bridge.

Other good sites to visit include the Long Island Bridge in Moultonborough, Governors Island Bridge in Gilford, Smith River inlet at Wolfeboro Bay, and Meredith and Center Harbor town docks. At these locations, everything from smelt, shiners and worms under a slip bobber to small jigs will take salmon, as well as rainbow trout.

To ensure the future of high-quality landlocked salmon fisheries, anglers must take extra care when releasing salmon, as the percentage of hook-wounded fish continues to be a problem. Hook wounded/scarred fish are significantly shorter and poorer in body condition than non-hook-wounded counterparts of the same age. Using rubber nets and proper release techniques (for example, don't "shake" fish off the hook), and releasing lightly hooked healthy salmon, while choosing to harvest previously hook-wounded fish, are ways to minimize the negative effects of hook wounding, thereby increasing the number of trophy salmon available in the future.

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 March 2014 09:05

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Lakes Region Featured in New England Boating Magazine

HOLDERNESS — Squam Lake is the focus of a "destination" article in the latest issue of New England Boating magazine. The story was written by Ray Carbone, founder and CEO of Carbone Productions, LLC, of Laconia. Photography was supplied by local photographer Karen Bobotas.

The six-page story, named "Squam Song", extols the serene beauty of the lake made famous by the 1981 movie "On Golden Pond".

"Squam is gorgeous in every respect, no matter what the season... But boating on New Hampshire's second largest lake is not for everyone," the story reads. "For one thing, unlike nearby Winnipesaukee, it's not a place for cabin cruisers or cigarette boats." It's one of only three New Hampshire lakes that limits vessels with a "head and a bed", which eliminates spending a night on the water, it says.

The feature mentions bass, salmon and lake trout fishing on the lake as well as popular low-impact activities like enjoying the water on a skiff, kayak or canoe; hiking; and visiting the Squam Lake Natural Science Center and the Loon Center.

Local businesses receive prominent attention including the marinas on Little Squam and eateries like Walter's Basin, the Corner House Inn in Sandwich and the Common Man in Ashland.

Carbone said that the "Squam Song" feature is part of his company's new "Lakes Region Talks" initiative. In the coming months, Carbone Productions will be working with a select group of area businesses and organization to "spread the word" about everything that's great about being in the Lakes Region. The effort is to follow-up to "The Lakes Region of New Hampshire: Four Seasons, Countless Memories," the company's popular photo-essay.

For information about New England Boating or "Lakes Region Talks", call 603/520-6964.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 March 2014 09:00

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