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Hi Nick,

No stripers up here yet. First Merrimack striper last year was 5/13. They showed up on the PI beachfront about a week earlier. The Merrimack shad run should start this coming week but the bulk of the shad won't show up until the end of April/early May. 50° water temps will bring in the majority of the spawners. The place to go is Rocks Village in W. Newbury. The fish counts for the Merrimack had been averaging about 15000/yr until 97 when they skyrocketed and are over 50,000/yr now. Last year we were catching them most of the summer mixed in with stripers at the mouth. They're a fun fish to catch and they are real leapers.

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Nothing definite on that Juro but there have been several Merrimack watershed programs initiated in the 90's including water quality monitoring and designated protection of specific sections of the river. Maybe they're showing some effects.

Norm
 
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