Good News from A Great City Haverhill, MA
The Heartbeat of Haverhill has been looking for signs of spring for quite some time and then last week many emerging signs were covered in a late season snow. But it’s back again – Spring is in the air and I know because I went for a walk at Plug Pond this morning around 7:30 am and spent most of my time chatting with fishermen (and, yes, they were all men today).
Here are 9 interesting facts about fishing in Haverhill:
1. Plug Pond is stocked with trout multiple times each year. One fisherman said he heard last year the pond was stocked four times totaling over 3700 farm raised trout.
2. This year during the week of April 7, three of Haverhill’s eight (8!) lakes and ponds were stocked with trout: Lake Saltonstall (aka Plug Pond), Millvale Reservoir, Lake Pentucket. http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dfg/dfw/hunting-fishing-wildlife-watching/fishing/trout-stocking-schedule.html
3. Haverhill has a variety of fishing options most notably the Merrimack River. In season you’ll find stripers, sturgeon and carp that grow over 100 lbs. Bring a high test line.
Links to fish specific websites touting the Merrimack River:
THE STRIPER FORUM – http://www.stripers247.com/phpBB2/showthread.php?t=23672 ,
MASS FISH FINDER – http://www.mafishfinder.com/merrimack-river-24740-location.html
4. Trout can be caught using bait as diverse as cat nibbles, mealy worms (for buoyancy) , and Pro Bait
5. While mornings are nice and quiet, fishing is good in afternoons, too.
6. You can buy your fishing license online http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dfg/licensing/license-types-and-fees.html (Haverhill City Hall does NOT sell licenses) or at retail outlets
7. Haverhill has a first class bait and tackle shop: River Street Bait and Tackle http://www.riverstreetbaitandtackle.com/index.html
219 River Street – Haverhill, MA 978.374.8159 (Bait shop is conveniently located near Tacos Lupita fabulous and authentic cheap eats, stock up before fishing with this human bait of the most delicious kind.)
8. Haverhill encourages good sportsmanlike behavior and catch and release, since many fishing locations sport signs discouraging eating locally captured fish (remember this was a mill town for many decades.)
9. Haverhill is becoming a fishing destination. On THOH’s early morning, mid-week visit to Plug Pond, about 60% of those fishing were from Haverhill – the rest were from Methuen, Hampstead NH, and Lawrence. All said that the fishing is better in Haverhill and that our city offers more beautiful location options. Ages ranged from teen to septuagenarian. Teen from Nettle School was one of the best informed fisherman at the site.
THOH was pleased to watch from a distance as one Methuen man picked old trash out of the water, and transported it to the well placed trash receptacles. As he said later – “fishing is a waiting game, it gives you chance to talk to like-minded friends and be good stewards of the water ways we love.”
(c) 2014 by Alison Colby-Campbell