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Learn About Salmon Life Cycle at "Salmon Sunday" - November 10, 2013 - Melvin Village 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  10, 2013, 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 female salmon 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 salmon population 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.

Please  note that the event date is listed incorrectly in the 2013 NH Fish &  Wildlife Calendar.  The correct date for  the event is November 10, 2013.  Hope to see  you there!

The  New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is the guardian of the state's fish,  wildlife and marine resources.

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