The Squam Lakes, both Big Squam and Little Squam, are a major destination every year for many anglers who enjoy casting their lines in search of lake fish, especially bass. Here at Morse Sporting Goods, we work with many customers who take part in any of the 22 bass tournaments, which, on average, are held on Big Squam Lake. That’s one reason why we’re interested in the long-term health of the water in this region.

Today, we wanted to make our blog readers away of some rules they’ll want to avoid breaking when fishing in either of the Squam Lakes. As this press release published on NewHampshire.com discusses, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is asking anglers to be conscientious of a radio tagging survey being done in the Squam Lakes.

Large populations of both largemouth and smallmouth bass residing in the Squam Lakes have been radio tagged for the N.H. Fish and Game Department study. If any tagged fish are caught, the agency is asking for those fish to be immediately released. Fishermen should be able to see a thin wire protruding from the underside of a tagged fish, as well as a numbered tag by their dorsal fin, which is yellow.

The study is designed to determine how long it takes for bass caught in Big Squam to return to the lake once they’ve been released in Little Squam. Often, bass caught in the larger lake is brought to a weigh-in station at the smaller lake and then released back into the water there. If fish caught in Big Squam stay in Little Squam and don’t return through a channel connecting the two lakes, it could prove to have negative impacts on the natural wildlife in Little Squam.

Here at Morse Sporting Goods, we want to make sure you have all the information necessary to enjoy your hunting and fishing seasons. If you want to learn about the great opportunities for outdoor recreation you can experience near our store in Hillsboro, NH, give us a call today. Make sure to stop on by on your way to pick up any bait, ammunition or other supplies you may need.