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April 30, 2016

Fishing Log: Fourth Fishing Trip, April 30, 2016

Bass Tournament! Trout! And Me!

Where: Griffin Beach, Webster Lake, Franklin, NH

IMG_0502Back to Webster Lake! Yes, I WILL be going to other locations, but I keep hoping to be ON Webster when the bass pre-spawn AND spawn starts. For that to happen, Webster Lake needs to warm up to at least 59 degrees.

We’ve had some warm and sunny days, so I thought today might show some heating up, both of the water temp AND the fishing action!

But, as you’ll soon see, apparently the warm and sunny days were neutralized by cool (or cold!) dark nights!


  • Temperature (Air): Started at 40 degrees and ended with 60 degrees.
  • Sky: Sunny & Clear
  • Precipitation: 0%
  • Wind: NNE @ 1 to 3 mph (very calm!) Beaufort Wind Scale)
  • Humidity: 70% to 40%
  • Barometer 30.15 inches
  • Visibility: 10.0 miles
  • Water Color: Clear
  • Water Temperature: 53 degrees STILL!

Results: Bass Tournament & Trout!

More trailers on the roadside!

Didn’t find any bass today, neither big nor otherwise.

But I did find some other BassHoles!

I learned later that there was a tournament on Webster Lake today.

It was my pleasure to meet members of a Massachusetts bass fishing club, the Bass Tactics, who were having a tournament on the lake today. They had 7 boats from the club, searching for bass.

Naturally, they can cover a lot more water in their boats (one had a Skeeter! Those are fast!), but they reported that they, too, were finding the fishing a bit slow. And it was one of the members of the club that informed me that the water temperature was still 53 degrees. But I’m not blaming HIM for the cold water.

Bass Tactics tournament fishermen
Bass Tactics tournament fishermen

I will email the club and ask them if they will let us know the results of their tournament. And if so, I’ll post it here!

And I’d like to thank the members of Bass Tactics for their friendliness, courtesy, and fine fishing ability! I hope to see them out on other New Hampshire lakes in the future!

My Success!

I couldn’t find any bass, but I did catch a trout! I was using a lipless crankbait, just like I did on my birthday, but instead of getting a bass, I got a trout!

It’s bigger than it looks in this photo!

The trout was a good size! I didn’t measure it. I didn’t even touch it. When I was a trout fisherman, I heard that trout have a protective slime that a fisherman wants to avoid disturbing. Touching the trout with dry fingers can cause the trout to develop mold.

So I used my pliers to grab the hooks and free the trout!

Though not my target fish, I’m taking the trout to avoid being skunked!

Lessons Learned

Obviously Webster Lake is NOT warming up very fast, despite the warm weather (sometimes, of course we did have snow on Tuesday, April 26!).

So maybe it IS time to try another venue! So let’s first analyze some of the basic characteristics of Webster Lake:

  • Acres: 612
  • Depth: Average: 18′; Maximum: 39′

So let’s investigate some other lakes on my Fish List (like a “Wish List,” but for places to fish).

Fish List

Hawkins Pond, Center HarborHawkins Pond

  • Acres: 91
  • Depth: Average: 11′; Maximum: 33′


  • Hawkins Pond is one of my favorite fishing spots.
  • I can actually circumnavigate the entire lake in my Hobie Float Cat.
  • Hawkins is 15% the size of Webster, so maybe it’s warmer?
  • Largemouth bass.


  • Webster is 5 minutes away; Hawkins is 36 minutes away. Not that far.
  • I haven’t attempted to get into Hawkins; will I be able to do it?
  • No smallmouth bass!

Highland Lake, AndoverHighland Lake

  • Acres: 206
  • Depth: Average: 16′; Maximum: 44′


  • A brand new fishing spot, recommended today by one of the Bass Tactics BassHoles!
  • Only about 10 minutes away.
  • Highland is 34% the size of Webster.
  • Smallmouth bass.


  • Not sure where the boat ramp is.
  • No largemouth.

Pemigewasset Lake, Meredith / New HamptonPemigewasset Lake

  • Acres: 249
  • Depth: Average: 8′; Maximum: 29′


  • Another new fishing spot!
  • 26 minutes away.
  • Pemigewasset is 40% the size of Webster.
  • Both smallmouth & largemouth bass.


  • Say what? Hard to pronounce!
  • Have to figure out where it is.

Pleasant Lake, New LondonElkins_Beach_Pleasant_Lake

  • Acres: 602
  • Depth: Average: (unlisted); Maximum: 91


  • Still ANOTHER new fishing lake?
  • 27 minutes away.
  • Pleasant Lake is about the same size as Webster.
  • Loads of smallmouth & also largemouth.


  • Just have to find it!
  • Deep! May not be warmed up yet.

Wicwas Lake, Meredithwicwas lake

  • Acres: 350
  • Depth: Average: 13; Maximum 35


  • Yup. It’s new. You can see I am a true Taurus! I got a birthday card once that read: “Taurus: You live in a rut. And love it!” But I do want to branch out and try some new lakes!
  • 33 minutes away.
  • Wicks is 57% the size of Webster.
  • Both smallmouth and largemouth bass.


  • Again, must figure out the details of getting there.
  • Still a very large body of water.

Winnisquam Lake, Laconia / Sanbornton / MeredithWinnisquam Lake

  • Acres: 4,624
  • Depth: Average: ??; Maximum: 154


  • I have fished Winnisquam, with my fishing buddy and his Bass Tracker boat.
  • It’s an incredible fishery.
  • Within 30 minutes.
  • Both largemouth and smallmouth bass.


  • Huge! 7 times larger than Webster! Can I break it down to size?
  • Would need to study the area to figure out where I could fish.


Well, I certainly have some thinking to do!

Greetings to Bass Tactics fishing club from Roger, The Smiling BassHole
Greetings to Bass Tactics fishing club from Roger, The Smiling BassHole

Based on the data above, where do YOU think I should go next?

Tight lines!

Roger, The Smiling BassHole

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The Smiling BassHole

I'm a BassHole!Kickin' Bass and lettin' them go.

Roger, The Smiling BassHole

  • Hi Roger,

    For me, I would choose either Pleasant Lake, New London or Wicwas Lake, Meredith as both have large and smallmouth bass. Also, they are new lakes for you to explore. It sounds exciting! I’m curious, how long do you spend on average out there in the lakes when fishing? Do you bring lots of snacks with you?

    • Thanks Yvonne!

      When I’m in my Hobie Float Cat 75 pontoon craft (which I need to paddle or propel with fins on my feet), I’m working my way up to a full 6 hours. I’m just getting back out on the water after an injury, so I started out with 2 hours, and am building my way up.

      I don’t bring too many snacks when I’m on the lake. Water and a sandwich (peanut butter and jelly).

      Now, when I fish with my buddy on his boat, I bring donuts for the 2 of us from Brother’s Donuts, delicious donuts from my home town!

      Thanks again!

      Tight lines!

      Roger, The Smiling BassHole

  • Roger,
    This sounds so exciting! I would love to get the chance to boat around with you and fish some day.

    Even though you only catch one fish for the day, it is still exciting to know that you are on such marvelous adventure with your fishing tournaments.

    I like the fact that most of the spots that you went to were not so far away from your home. I can see that you really have a passion for fishing. Keep on creating these memories and sharing your stories.


    • Thanks Jason!

      I’d love to be able to boat around with you, too! First I’ll have to get the boat!!!

      Kind of working on that! But I’ve got a ways to go.

      I wasn’t in the tournament; the tournament was all around me! But they were great guys and I had fun talking with them. Normally I’m all by myself, so it was a pleasure to be able to talk to someone. Them in their boats, me floating in my Hobie Float Cat pontoon craft.

      One fish beats none fish! That’s the way I see it.

      Thanks for sharing!

      Tight lines!

      Roger, The Smiling BassHole

  • Roger,

    This is a great site!! Seriously!! You are on to something here man.

    There is nothing better than getting good on the ground info from people who are fishing the right holes and are willing to share their thoughts. Keep plugging away man. Fishing for me is a release. A time to get away and just be still.

    I love what you share here. One day I am going to have to come to your neck of the woods and let a pro show me how it’s done!!

    Good luck brother!!!

    • Thanks Shawn!

      Glad you liked the site! Yes, giving some “home expertise” will be one of my hopes as I go forward. With my Hobie Float Cat, I can’t cover as much water as I’d like, which is the reason I’ve been researching all the other types of fishing craft and why I want to be certain my next craft can accept a trolling motor!

      Glad to meet you one day in the future! And we’ll figure out some way to share a fishing adventure: BassHole to BassHole!

      Again, thanks for the kind words.

      Tight lines!

      Roger, The Smiling BassHole

  • I had fun reading this even if i’m not too big fan of fishing. 😀 I mean i like it but can live without. I like your writing style and i might come back and read more! Good job.

    • Thanks Gabriel!

      Well, I suppose being able to live without fishing is not a BAD thing? And I know I can too, since I wasn’t able to fish from July on all last year. But I’m thrilled to be able to resume fishing this year, and try out some of the tips I learned while I was laid up.

      Still so cold here that there’s not much action yet. But things will warm up — eventually!

      Thanks for stopping by and I’m glad you enjoyed the writing style!

      Tight lines!

      Roger, The Smiling BassHole

  • Hi Roger, Such beautiful places and enormous lakes. I am from the Netherlands and marvel at the beauty here.
    I love the pros and cons, gives you a good idea where to go. As I see it you have a lot of lakes and many bass around you. sounds like a wonderful hobby and I hope you will put on more of those beautiful pictures, Marion

    • Thanks Marion!

      Yes, the Pros & Cons are mostly for ME, especially the ones about how close these places are to my home!

      But I figure if I’m going to create a fishing log, it should be one that’s useful for me. And I do add enough other information to help anyone else looking to fish in this area.

      Thanks for the comment!

      Tight lines!

      Roger, The Smiling BassHole

  • Hi Roger,

    Great post you have here. I am a big fan of fishing and when I have the time I travel to different fishing locations and just relax by the water, great feeling.

    I really like your article and the fact that you posted pros and cons of each location is great, anyone who would like to visit those fishing spots should read your article because there are a lot useful info about the lake, the surrounding area and pictures with the place, really nice.

    I will come back soon for more updates,

    Take care!

    • Thanks Stelica Dan!

      Yes, I’m trying to give some background about the various fishing areas, as well as learn it myself! I’ve been to a few of them either on my own or with my boat buddy, but now I’m trying to “nail down” what I’ve learned. And share that experience with other BassHoles!

      Glad to hear about your love of fishing! Feel free to share any stories you like with the rest of us BassHoles either in a comment or contact me and I can include them in a future post!

      Tight lines!

      Roger, The Smiling BassHole

  • Hi Roger,

    Just want to say how awesome your posts are. Entertaining and informative at the same time. I would love to go fishing with you if I knew you!

    • Thanks Von!

      Well, if you are ever traveling through New Hampshire, let me know! Maybe we can wet some lines together!

      Glad you are enjoying the posts!

      Tight lines!

      Roger, The Smiling BassHole

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