Help Protect our Landlocked Salmon – Take the Pledge! Free Talk on New Hampshire’s Landlocked Salmon Fishery – April 8, 2011, in Concord, N.H.

CONCORD, N.H. – New Hampshire is well known among avid anglers
for the large landlocked salmon in the state’s big lakes. Learn
more about this famous fishery and what you can do to help protect
this valuable resource by coming to a free talk on Friday, April 8,
at 6:30 p.m., at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, 11
Hazen Drive, Concord, N.H.

The evening features Inland Fisheries Division Chief Steve Perry
and Large Lakes Fisheries Biologists Don Miller and John Viar, who
will talk about the landlocked salmon fishery and introduce the
Landlocked Salmon Anglers’ Pledge – a cooperative, volunteer effort
to help sustain quality landlocked salmon fisheries in New
Hampshire’s large lakes, such as Lake Winnipesaukee. Pledge
brochures as well as promotional decals will be available free of
charge. Bring your questions!

Why take the Pledge? Over the past six years, fisheries
biologists have observed a dramatic increase in the incidence of
hook-wounded (visible scars and tears of the jaw, throat, and eye
areas) landlocked salmon in New Hampshire’s large lakes. At Lake
Winnipesaukee, from 2005-2010, landlocked salmon hook wounding
rates have increased from 15 to 36 percent of the catch.
Hook-wounded fish are typically shorter in length and lighter in
weight than their non-hook-wounded counterparts. Proper handling
and release techniques are an integral part of the Pledge. Come
learn how to do your part in the preservation of this traditional,
unique and cherished fisheries resource.

To learn more about the Landlocked Salmon Anglers’ Pledge and
best practices for handling fish to avoid hook wounding, visit

Sport Fish Restoration Program logoFisheries research and
management in New Hampshire is funded in part by the Federal Aid in
Sport Fish Restoration Program, a user-pay, user-benefit

This talk is part of a series of free evening fishing and
hunting talks coming this spring at Fish and Game. The full
schedule will be coming out soon at

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