The fisherman are still having the time of their life catching bluefish at will. These toothy fish are just about every place you find salt water. It's been like this for a solid month and will continue for another month.
The baitfish have begun moving out of our tidal waters, early as everything else this year, but maybe this means that the fishing will pick up along the coast. As we get some badly needed rain, this could trigger more movement from bait and juvenile fish that spent the summer months in the abundant nursery habitat that our rivers, bay and harbors provide.
This has been a strange year for fishing indeed; more black sea bass are reported each year, but this year seemed like they were much more plentiful, really taking hold here in the Piscataqua. A few other more southern species made appearances this year as well; anglers in each case were fishing for the black sea bass and in one instance ended up catching scup, and in the other catching a triggerfish!
It is not unusual for warm waters to break off from the Gulf Stream and bring some unexpected fish into northeast waters, so don't be surprised to see some very unusual catches in the next two weeks. The hurricane that just passed pushed the Gulf Stream and brought swordfish, sharks, mahi mahi, dolphin and even tarpon to our water. The temps out there are up to 78 degrees !
Stripe bass are hitting well again on the beach front of Plum Island. The Parker River Wildlife area is the place to go and use worms and clams.
Locally Bill Taubert has done very well of late catching trout up to 17 inches in the Squannacook. The castmaster has worked well in deep pockets. Taubert said he has not had a "skunking" in 10 days. In some holes he has been able to see a half dozen fish swimming around.
The black bear season is open with another two weeks to go. Bear hunting is allowed in this area; check the laws. All hunters must have a bear permit.
Hunters are allowed to use high powered rifles, high powered handguns, bow and arrow of 40 pound pull or greater and a muzzeloader of 40.cal. and higher. Many hunters carry a sidearm when hunting bears and 99 percent of all bears taken are taken in Worcester County west.
Speaking of hunting, the state of New Hampshire will open itsarchery only deer season on Sept. 15. Their season runs three straight months and should be better than last year.
Bucks are just shedding the velvet that has covered the antler as they grew since May. Now the antler is all polished and bright ready for the next few months of wrestling with other bucks until the big fights begin in November when the rut kicks in. The rut is breeding time. This is when none of the bucks are friends and will fight sometimes till death for dominance. The rut will last for a few short weeks.
The end of the month to the first of October, Mass Wildlife will be out and stock a few hundred trout in just about every pond they do in the spring. If we get some rain a couple rivers such as the Squannacook and Nissitissit will also get a few fish but we need rain.
Finally news from the biologists.
Because fall is the breeding season for both moose and white-tailed deer, Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (DFW) remind motorists to be mindful of increased deer and moose activity, especially during early morning and evening hours. September and October is the peak of the breeding season for Massachusetts' expanding moose population in central and western Massachusetts. Because moose have no natural predators in Massachusetts and are protected by law from hunting, these large (500-1,000 lbs) members of the deer family are unconcerned as they move through populated areas. During the mating season this indifference is magnified by the "tunnel-vision" created by the urge to reproduce.
Be aware and heed "Moose and Deer Crossing" signs erected by highway departments. Motorists are advised to slow down and drive defensively should a moose or deer be spotted on or by the road. Moose are less likely to move from the road than deer; braking for moose is your best policy! Police and other departments involved in moose or deer/car collisions are reminded that while drivers are allowed by law to keep white-tailed deer they have hit, only the DFW or the Environmental Police can make decisions regarding the disposition of moose involved in vehicle collisions. All moose or deer/vehicle collisions should be reported to DFW Wildlife District offices. The Environmental Police radio room can be reached at 800-632-8075.
Bill Biswanger can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.