Conservation Director – Dick Smith

Dick Smith

Feb. 27.  The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Natural Resources Management Act. Having already been passed by the Senate, this historic package is now headed to the President for his signature.

The package contains a permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, a section enhancing and increasing public land access for anglers, language improving outdoor recreation access and more than 100 locally and regionally-specific public lands bill

Click here for more info on this historic legislation

Conservation Resources

Pledge To Pitch It

Protect the Contents of Your Tackle Box
We know that sportsmen and women are the watchdogs of our waterways. Still, our ponds, lakes, and rivers are being littered with worn-out soft plastic lures. Commit to stopping litter – including used tackle. When a soft plastic lure is worn or damaged, dispose of it properly. Recycle it or pitch it in a trash can. It’s that simple.
What’s at Stake?
Did you know that because of litter, there have been environmentalists and politicians who have tried to ban the sale and use of soft plastic lures? Can you imagine not being able to fish with some of your favorite baits?That threat nearly became a harsh reality. A ban in just one state could lead to a domino effect across the country – from lake to lake, and state to state.
What You Can Do
Learn about recycling opportunities near you, share your stories, get your friends involved, and most important – Sign the Pledge to Pitch It!By signing the Pledge now, we will be able to demonstrate the conviction of the entire American fishing community against littering our waterways. In the event that legislation is introduced to ban one of the most important tools we use to enjoy our sport, we will be ready to defend our right to fish and the contents of our tackle boxes!

Bass Movement Study on Squam

Since August 10, 2014 the NH Fish and Game Department (with the help of NH BASS Nation) has been conducting a study concerning the movement of bass once released after a tournament on Squam Lake. According to NH Fish and Game:

“The goal of this radio tagging study is to determine the percentage of bass returning to Big Squam after being caught in Big Squam and weighed in and released in Little Squam, and how long it takes fish to do so.”

All radio tagged bass will have a thin wire protruding from their underside and a yellow numbered tag near their dorsal fin, as pictured above.

It is imperative that every angler cooperate with this study by releasing radio tagged fish immediately if caught. If any angler brings a radio tagged fish to the scales they will be disqualified from the competition.

Further details of this study can be found here and study updates can be find here.

For more information on the study and/or to report information on tagged bass, contact:

NH Fish and Game Region 4
15 Ash Brook Court, Keene, NH 03431
Phone (603) 352-9669