Lackluster Return Yields Plenty of Fun

It has been a tough couple of weeks to find time for fishing. Spring is always a busy season for me – of course all my activities have to pick up right at the heart of fishing season – but alas, baseball and school won’t be put on hold because the stripers are running andContinue reading “Lackluster Return Yields Plenty of Fun”

Overcoming Obstacles for the Health of a River

For nearly all of history, river herring swam in massive schools from the expansive Atlantic Ocean, up the mighty Merrimack River, and into the smaller, calmer Shawsheen River to spawn. The journey was one that happened across the East Coast every spring, feeding millions of birds, mammals, fish, and humans along the way. For many,Continue reading “Overcoming Obstacles for the Health of a River”

Finding Time for Stockers in a Busy Spring Schedule

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: there’s nothing better than fishing for wild fish in their native habitat. Fishing for wild, native fish is a defining experience for every diehard angler. Still, who am I to turn my nose at freshly stocked fish? Stocked fish and I have a complex relationship. InContinue reading “Finding Time for Stockers in a Busy Spring Schedule”

Early Season Tactics for Chain Pickerel

Chain pickerel are easily one of the most underappreciated species of gamefish, especially in their native range. When bass anglers hook a “slime dart” instead of the bucketmouth they’re targeting, they groan before brutally manhandling the poor pickerel in an effort to get it off the line as quickly as possible. Stocked trout anglers getContinue reading “Early Season Tactics for Chain Pickerel”

Early Spring Adventures

Spring is on its way. I can feel it in the humid morning air and hear it in the chirping spring peepers. The true sign of spring, though, is the stocking trucks beginning their seasonal journey around the state to dump their garish cargo into roadside lakes and rivers. It takes a while before theContinue reading “Early Spring Adventures”

Early Spring Struggles

You know it’s going to be a bad day of fishing when you arrive at your spot and there is only about 10 feet of open water. Despite the near-60-degree heat, the pond is still buttoned up with the final icy grip of winter. You’re sure there are fish lurking in the depths, but toContinue reading “Early Spring Struggles”