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Old 04-13-2013, 07:05 PM
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do they come up the river the same time every year? Or is it different every year? I been trying every year but it seems i am always late :( I am in Haverhill right before lawrence. Anyway of tracking them from a website or newspaper? Really wanna land 1 this spring!
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Old 04-16-2013, 06:35 PM
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Look for the first migrant school bass to hit the mouth of the river on Mother's day, bigger fish will follow. I think they are all back down river by the end of June.

Check back here or Surfland's reports for updates.
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Old 05-28-2013, 07:02 PM
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I still haven't had any luck :( I know from talking to people on boats that they are there. But the REAL question is.. Are they in full effect in the river?? Fishing from shore is really tough.
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Old 05-29-2013, 09:14 AM
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I still haven't had any luck :( I know from talking to people on boats that they are there. But the REAL question is.. Are they in full effect in the river?? Fishing from shore is really tough.
Yes.. the river is fullof fish .. all the way to the lawrence dam... shore anglers are doing very well ...
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Old 05-29-2013, 12:07 PM
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Good action at the mouth. Had 8 fish in 3 hours, with a 31.5 and a 32.5". Not monsters, but good sport.
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Old 05-29-2013, 02:50 PM
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Well thanks for the information guys, just wish it would help me land some lol When do they usually head back down to the ocean?
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Old 05-30-2013, 07:09 AM
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Well thanks for the information guys, just wish it would help me land some lol When do they usually head back down to the ocean?
you have about 2 weeks of good fishing.... try up by the Lawrence dam.. the fish are concentrated below the falls ... a white buck tail jig worked through the rapids in the early evening should produce plenty of action... likewise, behind any of the lower bridge abutments between the central bridge and the mouths of the spicket and Shawsheen rivers....popping plugs work well in the slower eddies behind the rocks and sand bars that dot the river...
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Hey Joe, sounds as if the fish have made it ,Have you heard anything about rock village the little launch just above the bridge being closed.thanks Frank
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Hey Joe, sounds as if the fish have made it ,Have you heard anything about rock village the little launch just above the bridge being closed.thanks Frank
hey Frank.. glad you made it through the winter!.. I believe the ramp is closed.. as they are still working on the bridge.. but don't take it as gospel... I've had no reason to go up that far, or even ask about it... plenty of fish all over the place.. a friend had been doing well off of the beach all week.. mostly small and medium... until yesterday.. he went from catching 20 fish a tide to big ole skunk.... ... some in the river are now pushing 30 lbs...there are more small fish than I've seen in 15 years...
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Old 06-06-2013, 07:19 PM
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I finally landed a few schoolies and a nice 10lb 32" in the upper merrimack in Haverhill.

Rain isn't stopping me this weekend :)
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Old 06-07-2013, 09:19 AM
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I finally landed a few schoolies and a nice 10lb 32" in the upper merrimack in Haverhill.

Rain isn't stopping me this weekend :)
That is fantastic.. you've worked hard for those...persistance always pays off!
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Old 06-07-2013, 11:35 AM
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I finally landed a few schoolies and a nice 10lb 32" in the upper merrimack in Haverhill.

Rain isn't stopping me this weekend :)

Hey Great Job! Im debating if I should try this weekend but the rivers gonna be high. Let us know how you do. What did you catch it on?
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Old 06-07-2013, 12:46 PM
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Hey Great Job! Im debating if I should try this weekend but the rivers gonna be high. Let us know how you do. What did you catch it on?
I bought a bunch of things like clams & frozen herring

but i only caught them on Blood Worms and of course they were the most expensive at $9 a dozen =\ lol
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Old 06-08-2013, 05:29 PM
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I bought a bunch of things like clams & frozen herring

but i only caught them on Blood Worms and of course they were the most expensive at $9 a dozen =\ lol
Was at deer island today and blood worms were a hit. I was using top water artificials no luck.
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Old 06-10-2013, 09:26 AM
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Was at deer island today and blood worms were a hit. I was using top water artificials no luck.
Thik about what occured there... it's a good lesson.... the fish were feeding in the lower zone... a jig would have been a better choice for an artificial..bottom line.. you got it done.. that's all that counts
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