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Learn About Salmon Life Cycle at “Salmon Sunday” - November 11, 2012 NH

CONCORD, N.H. -- Bring the kids and explore the life cycle  of landlocked salmon, fish prized by anglers on New Hampshire's big lakes, at  the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department's annual "Salmon Sunday"  event on Sunday, November 11, 2012, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Pope Dam in Melvin  Village. Pope Dam is nine miles north of Wolfeboro on Route 109 in the town of  Tuftonboro, N.H.

"Salmon Sunday is a great chance for everyone to get  a close-up look at landlocked salmon from Lake Winnipesaukee in their fall  spawning colors," said Don Miller, fisheries biologist for the Lakes  Region.  "Kids love to see the big  salmon, averaging about three pounds each, and watch biologists collect the  eggs."

During the event, fisheries biologists will be busy  harvesting, or "stripping," eggs and milt from adult salmon. Standing  knee-deep in the cold water of the Melvin River, scientists expertly relieve  the colorful adult femalesalmon of their eggs by stroking their stomachs. Milt  from the male fish is obtained in the same way, and mixed with the gold-colored  eggs to fertilize them.  This activity is  all part of the work N.H. Fish and Game carries out each year, with support  from the Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Program to maintain the  landlocked salmonpopulation in New Hampshire's big lakes.       Salmon used for the stripping demonstration are netted  from Lake Winnipesaukee during October and early November.  They are returned to the lake after their  eggs and milt have been collected.  The  fertilized eggs are taken to Powder Mill Hatchery in New Durham,where they  will hatch in three to four months.  The  salmon are raised in the hatchery for about 18 months, then stocked into Lake  Winnipesaukee and other New Hampshire lakes.

Fish and Game staff will be on hand to answer questions  about salmon, the egg-stripping process and the stocking program that ensures  these beautiful fish continue to be available in the lakes for anglers to  catch.  Salmon Sunday is a "rain or  shine" event.  Dress warmly. If you have  questions about Salmon Sunday, call 603-744-5470.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is the  guardian of the state's fish, wildlife and marine resources.  To learn more about New Hampshire's  freshwater fisheries, visit  From the NH Fish and Game Website.


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