- Associated Press - Saturday, March 19, 2016

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - One of the mildest winters on record means there’s plenty of open water on New Hampshire lakes, but some lakes nonetheless will remain closed to open water fishing until April 1.

While the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries started the open water fishing season there on Wednesday, two weeks earlier than normal, New Hampshire did not adjust its schedule.

The New Hampshire Department of Fish and Game says there are numerous water bodies that are open to fishing by all legal methods year-round. There are 14 lakes that are managed for landlocked salmon, lake trout and rainbow trout. Only ice fishing is allowed on those lakes until April 1, though many already feature vast amounts of open water.

Officials say the traditional “watching and waiting period,” which typically stretches two to three weeks into the official season certainly will not be the case this year.

The 14 lakes that are managed for landlocked salmon are Big Dan Hole Pond, First and Second Connecticut Lakes, Conway Lake, Lake Francis, Merrymeeting Lake, Newfound Lake, Ossipee Lake, Big and Little Squam Lakes, Sunapee Lake, Lake Winnipesaukee and Winnisquam Lake.

In the fall, netting surveys showed the predominant catch in the state’s largest lake, Lake Winnipesaukee, was salmon averaging 19.9 inches and 2.8 pounds.

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