---- — Kids, get ready to bait and catch at fish derby
DERRY — The Derry Lions Club will host the annual Derry Lions Kids Fish Derby at Hood Pond from 8 a.m. to noon May 4, rain or shine.
Kids ages 3 to 15 are invited to participate. Participant ribbons will be given to the first 100 kids to register for the fish derby. Registration is free.
Donations are accepted to defray the cost of the 400 trout stocked for the derby. Trophies will be awarded for first, second and third place in several categories of fish.
Light refreshments will be available for a nominal charge. Any local merchant interested in placing an ad should call Keith Hembrough at 231-9278. Anyone interested in joining the Derry Lions, a part of the world’s largest civic organization, can call Keith or stop at the fishing derby.
Calling all photogenic Monarchs fans
MANCHESTER — The Manchester Monarchs, the top affiliate of the 2012 Stanley Cup Champions Los Angeles Kings, have partnered with Papa Gino’s Pizzeria and D’Angelo Grilled Sandwiches to launch the Monarchs Super Fan Photo Contest.
Monarchs fans can enter the photo contest by purchasing their favorite menu item at any Papa Gino’s or D’Angelo locations in New Hampshire and pose for a picture while wearing their best Monarchs apparel. Fans then submit their photos to firstname.lastname@example.org along with contact information to be entered to win one of three prizes or fans can share their pictures on the Monarchs Facebook page for submission into the contest.
Submissions are being accepted through April 11. Five finalists will be selected and their pictures will be posted to the Monarchs Facebook page where fans can “like” their favorite finalist picture April 12-14 to determine the winners.
The grand prize winner will receive a luxury suite for 16 people at a Monarchs home game for the 2013-2014 season and a post-game meet and greet with Monarchs players.
The second-place winner will receive a team-signed Monarchs game jersey. The third-place winner will receive $100 to the Monarchs Pro Shop.
It’s official, salmon, lake trout season’s here
CONCORD — April 1 marked the start of open-water fishing on the big lakes that the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department manages for landlocked salmon and lake trout.
It looks like a “normal spring” with “ice out” probably occurring mid-April. With the increased snowpack, tributary streams will benefit with increased flows, attracting spawning smelt, the prime forage fish for landlocked salmon.
Anglers should check out the Winnipesaukee River, which flows through the Weirs channel into Paugus Bay, and through the Lakeport Dam/Lake Opechee area. “Drop-down” salmon (and rainbow trout) are found throughout these river reaches. Other traditional areas include the Winnipesaukee River through Laconia to Dixon Point at Lake Winnisquam, and Lochmere Dam at Silver Lake.
Other good sites to visit include the Long Island Bridge in Moultonborough, Governors Island Bridge in Gilford, Smith River inlet at Wolfeboro Bay, and Meredith and Center Harbor town docks.
N.H. fishing licenses can be purchased online at fishnh.com, or from any Fish and Game license agent. Annual resident fishing licenses are $35. Resident one-day licenses are $10. Annual nonresident fishing licenses are $53. One-, three- and seven-day nonresident licenses are also available.
Join moose hunt lottery by May 31
CONCORD — If you want to hunt moose in New Hampshire this fall, now is the time to enter the lottery. Applications for the lottery cost $15 for residents and $25 for nonresidents (nonrefundable) and are available at huntnh.com or from any Fish and Game license agent. A total of 275 permits will be issued in this year’s lottery.
Lottery applications for 2013 must be postmarked or submitted online by midnight May 31, or delivered to N.H. Fish and Game headquarters in Concord before 4 p.m. that day. Applicants are encouraged to apply online and early since there is less chance of submitting an incomplete application.