The Townsend Rod and Gun Club will have their annual Spring Fishing Derby on April 22.

Known in the area as the premier fishing event, the folks at the Rod and Gun Club always puts on a great derby. Fresh trout will be stocked for the event and not just a few fish, a few hundred will be released as has been the history. The nice part for those attending is the chance at fish that were stocked earlier for members. Each year the club stocks the pond several times so there are also hold over trout.

There will be a cash prize for the largest fish caught via the “pool fish.”

Registration begins at 7 a.m. with the kitchen open at about the same time. they will also be open for lunch time. Fishing is from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The cost for the event is $15 for adults and $10 for kids.

The club will also host a 3D Archery Shoot on April 29 starting at 8 a.m. There will be 15 targets. Registration for this event starts at 7 a.m.

Just about everything in our area has been stocked with trout. This includes all the ponds, rivers and now the brooks. A second round of stocking the ponds is now underway.

Record warmth this winter has brought an early start to spring in New Hampshire this year, and that’s good news for anglers targeting the “King of Fish” — broodstock Atlantic salmon that are stocked into the Merrimack River watershed each spring and fall.

“With very little snow melt, river flows this April are more typical of early summer. Cold water and low flows make for excellent salmon fishing, so we decided to stock the fish early this year,” said Matt Carpenter, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department fisheries biologist who manages the salmon broodstock fishery. “With no rain in the extended forecast, hopefully this will be one of the longer spring broodstock salmon fishing seasons in recent memory.”

Stocking has already begun, and the bulk of the salmon should be in by early next week, according to Carpenter. The fish will be spread between stocking sites beginning in Bristol and working south to Franklin, Concord and Hooksett, N.H.

“We have about 680 fish to stock this spring. The salmon looked good when we tagged them about a week ago, with a wide variety of sizes ranging from 3 pounds to more than 10 pounds,” said Carpenter.

To fish for brood stock salmon, anglers need a current New Hampshire fishing license and an $11 brood stock salmon permit. Both can be purchased online at or from Fish and Game license agents statewide. Only salmon marked by Fish and Game with a T-bar anchor at the base of the dorsal fin may be kept, and the bag limit is one per day and five total for the season.

Speaking of salmon the Atlantic’s will be coming in from the ocean anytime now. Those fish if caught below the Essex Dam in Lawrence must be released at once. These fish are the breeders of the future and are under federal protection so you can fish for them in this area but you must turn them loose.

Bill Biswanger can be reached at