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Smallmouth Bass from a Drift Boat - WOW!

Drift boat trips for smallmouth bass are offered from mid-April until mid to late October for some of New Hampshire’s best fly fishing opportunities.

Smallmouth fishing is done on the upper Androscoggin River around Errol and Berlin and the upper Merrimack River above Concord.

Trips on the Androscoggin river in the Berlin area are done around the mid river boom piers for bass, pickerel and an occasional trout. These historic piers are remnants from the logging era and provide that wood and rocky structure smallmouths gravitate to. The piers are in the middle of the river and are best fished from a boat.

The stretch of the Androscoggin between Mollidgewock State Park and the Seven Island bridge is typical trout water with cascading rapids interspersed with deep pools that in addition to trout and salmon holds smallmouth bass in the slower water. When the river water warms in early to mid-July and the trout and salmon are sulking in the deep pools it’s time to target the smallmouth population. Wading anglers can only access this section of the river from the road side. A boat is needed to fish the east bank that the waders cannot reach.

On the Merrimack River drift boat trips begin near the confluence of the Pemigewasset and Winnipesaukee rivers. The broad Merrimack River is classic smallmouth water with rapids, riffles, deep pools, rock structure, weed beds, sunken logs, and overhanging trees. This is my favorite water for smallmouth fishing.

The 15-foot Hyde drift boat is equipped with 6, 7 and 8-weight rods. Depending upon the season and conditions fishing is done with streamers, popping bugs, and dry flies.

For more information or to book a day of smallmouth bass fishing contact Dave 603-554-0067 or dave@nhriversguide.com.