LACONIA — The Lake Winnipesaukee Watershed Association is seeking volunteers to assist with our first annual fundraiser to be held on Sunday June 29. This event invites the community to "Kick off the Summer" with our Love the Lake dinner-dance cruise aboard the M/S Mount Washington.
The Love the Lake cruise will feature: Sunset dinner & dance cruise for up to 500 people, Live music, Love the Lake Fair featuring local artisans, services and activities and a silent auction
The goal of the event is to bring the community together to embrace the Big Lake and all the fun, excitement and opportunity the region has to offer, while benefiting lake protection efforts at the same time.
Last Updated on Thursday, 27 March 2014 06:46
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
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.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 March 2014 09:08
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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