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Fidgety Fish of Umbagog Lake

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IMG_7503 On Thursday August 16,2015, Umbagog Lake State Park hosted a New Hampshire Fish and Game’s “Lets go Fishing” event. Every summer, New Hampshire Fish and Game, the Umbagog Wildlife Refuge, as well as NH State Parks, work hard to plan and organize a full day of activities that encourages folks to get out and go fishing. Guests get a great education, a free boat ride and access to both fishing rods and live bait…all at no cost.

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The day begins at 9am under a big tent, where a fun and interactive class takes place covering basic ecological concepts and introductory fishing skills. After a few hours spent at base camp, kids are anxious to board the boat. The crowd prepares for a voyage out onto Lake Umbagog.

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We filled three pontoon boats with participants and head out from base camp around 12:30pm. All three boats spread out and anchored down just south of Big Island along the western shore of the lake.

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Kids pulled out their rods, baited up with worms, and were casting their lines in all directions. The first fish was caught within minutes.

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After one, came two, and after two came three…Since the first catch, they didn’t stop catching fish the entire two hours that we were on the water.

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I was on one of the state-owned pontoon boats. Kids counted the fish they caught up to 20…after that, they stopped counting. On just our boat alone, there were at least 100 fish caught in just two hours on the lake.

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We returned back to base camp around 2:30pm. The three boats pulled in and unloaded a very energized group.

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Upon returning to the docks, the other two boats shared success stories similar to our own. Between all three boats, the group had caught and released at least 200 fish.

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All in all, we caught yellow perch, fallfish, pumpkinseed sunfish, as well as smallmouth bass. One proud fisherman decided to bring back his sizeable catch. Back at basecamp, people gather around in awe to examine the impressive smallmouth bass.

The event turned out to be a huge success. Not only did we catch a lot of fish, but the kids made some incredible memories. Seeing a kid catch a fish for their first time is a very special moment. Their eyes light up. Their smile grows so bright it will make the lake glow. After a quick spark of excitement they return the fish back to the lake and almost can’t wait a moment longer to put new bait on the hook and cast it back out for another fish. A kids first catch only happens once in their lifetime and it is amazing to see. I believe that this is the ultimate goal of the program. Getting kids excited about being in nature is what it is all about.

New Hampshire Fish and Game does an outstanding job putting this program together. Connecting kids to nature creates memories that these kids will cherish for a lifetime. To find out more about programming check out their site: http://www.wildlife.state.nh.us/fishing/lets-go-fishing.html



Tired of being bitten by bugs? Hire a bat.

Tired of being bitten by bugs? Hire a bat.

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Ah, summer. Sun, sand, vacations, and millions of mosquitoes. The quest to combat these pesky bugs (and thousands of others) can take up a good portion of your summer. A simple solution, however, is to enlist the help of a … Continue reading

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Trekking through Time

Trekking through Time

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Before Pawtuckaway’s woods belonged to the state park, the lands were privately owned by families who hoped to make a prosperous life. Living in the mountains is not an easy feat, and many of the families struggled immensely. The soil of … Continue reading

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Last Weeks of Summer

Last Weeks of Summer

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August is great time of year to experience New Hampshire. With hot days and cool nights, it is a great time to get outdoors. One great place to enjoy these last few weeks of Summer is White Lake State Park. … Continue reading

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Rhyme Time With Ryan

Rhyme Time With Ryan

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As the sun sets at White Lake State Park there is a feeling of change Animals fall asleep, and what emerges might be strange The sun will set so seeing will be quite hard You have to use your other … Continue reading

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A Hidden Gem in the Notch

A Hidden Gem in the Notch

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In the shadow of Cannon Mountain, lies a resident of Franconia Notch State Park that is hidden away.  It doesn’t get all the glitz and glory of the Flume Gorge. It doesn’t have an aerial tram leading up to its … Continue reading

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Rhododendron Bloom Report: August 6, 2015

Rhododendron Bloom Report: August 6, 2015

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The beginning of August is here in all its glory. Heat and humidity seem to have prevailed, with the emphasis on heat. Perhaps between that and the surprisingly early bloom that took place this year, there is not a rhododendron … Continue reading

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Happy Campers

Happy Campers

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Each weekend I wonder who I’m going to meet around the Bear Brook campground, how many people are going to come to my programs, and then I cross my fingers for beautiful weather. One of the many things I love … Continue reading

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Going Back in Time at the Pierce Homestead

Going Back in Time at the Pierce Homestead

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New Hampshire is fortunate to be home to many great historic sites. One of these is the Franklin Pierce Homestead. Built in 1804 by Benjamin Pierce, the house sits on a beautiful piece of property in Hillsborough New Hampshire. Today … Continue reading

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Rhododendron Bloom Report: July 31, 2015

Rhododendron Bloom Report: July 31, 2015

Posted on by Ted Lenk

As I walked around the Rhododendron Loop yesterday (Thursday July 30), I did not see any blooms that were not past their prime. I was not correct in saying that there would be flowers to see in early August. Oh … Continue reading

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A Magical Time of Year for the Loon Fanatics

A Magical Time of Year for the Loon Fanatics

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“Have you heard the loons yet?” This was a question that I had been asked by so many people after moving to New Hampshire. I thought maybe it was just coincidence, or a topic of small talk familiar among the … Continue reading

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