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Salt water fish are huge. I mean look at Moby Dick for instance. I guess it is because they have so much room to grow in perhaps. Or maybe everything tastes better with a little salt. mRegardless the stories are there. Here is a list of the ones that didn't get away to achieve New Hampshire State records. 

New Hampshire Official Verified Record Saltwater Fish Size

 

SPECIES

LENGTH

WEIGHT

PLACE

TOWN

DATE

ANGLER

Atlantic Cod

63.00"

98 lbs. 12 oz.

Isle of Shoals

Hampton

6/8/1969

Alphonse Bielevich

Black Sea Bass

18.25"

2 lb.,14.88 oz.

Little Bay

Newington

8/15/2016

Lucas Watson

Bluefin Tuna

119.00"

962 lbs.

Gulf of Maine

Newcastle

8/10/2013

Richard Green.

Bluefish

39.00"*

21 lbs.

Great Bay

Durham

8/23/1975

Henry S. Krook

Chinook Salmon

37.00"

19 lbs. 4 oz.

Exeter River

Exeter

11/9/1985

Brian O’Connell

Coho Salmon

33.50"

16 lbs. 3 oz.

Piscataqua River

Portsmouth

9/3/1984

Perry R. Soroko

Cusk

39.50"

31 lbs.

Gulf of Maine

Hampton

6/10/1996

Richard F. Hincman

Grey Triggerfish

15.50"

2 lbs. 1.12 oz.

Piscataqua River

Portsmouth

8/31/2012

Timothy D. Moore, Jr.

Haddock

31.50"

10 lbs. 10.75 oz.

Gulf of Maine

Rye

5/26/1988

George R. Koster

Mackerel

17.50"

3 lbs.

Gulf of Maine

Hampton

5/12/1988

Donald F.X. Angerman

Pollock

50.00"

47 lbs.

Atlantic Ocean

Portsmouth

7/1/1981

Noborv Murakami, MD

Striped Bass

51.00"

60 lbs.

Great Bay

Dover

6/26/1980

Robert A. Lindholm

Tautog

21.25"

9 lbs. 0.06 oz.

Hampton Harbor

Seabrook

5/13/2012

Marc Schloss

Winter Flounder

18.00"

3 lbs. 3.68 oz.

Hampton River

Hampton

8/2/2014

Mike Radziszewski

 

(updated April 27, 2017)

List of towns in each county of New Hampshire

Below are links to every town website for every County in New Hampshire to get very detailed info on each town.

Feel free to contact me with any questions on properties in any town. Thank you

The towns of Belknap County NH

CITIES & TOWNS IN BELKNAP COUNTY, NEW HAMPSHIRE WITH HOMES FOR SALE  

Alton l Barnstead l Belmont l Center Harbor l Gilford l Gilmanton l Laconia l Meredith l New Hampton

Sanbornton l Tilton

 

The Towns of Carroll County NH

CITIES & TOWNS IN CARROLL COUNTY, NEW HAMPSHIRE WITH HOMES FOR SALE

Albany l Bartlett l Brookfield l Chatham l Conway l Eaton l Effingham l Freedom l Hale's Location l Hart's Location

Jackson l Madison l Moultonborough l Ossipee l Sandwich l Tamworth l Tuftonboro l Wakefield l Wolfeboro

Towns of Cheshire County NH

CITIES & TOWNS IN CHESHIRE COUNTY, NEW HAMPSHIRE WITH HOMES FOR SALE

ALSTEAD l CHESTERFIELD l DUBLIN l FITZWILLIAM l GILSUM l HARRISVILLE l HINSDALE l JAFFREY l 

KEENE l MARLBOROUGH l MARLOW l NELSON l RICHMOND l RINDGE l ROXBURY l STODDARD l 

SULLIVAN l SURRY  l SWANZEY l TROY l WALPOLE l WESTMORELAND l WINCHESTER

Towns of Hillsborough County NH

CITIES & TOWNS IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, NEW HAMPSHIRE WITH HOMES FOR SALE

Amherst  l Antrim  l Bedford  l Bennington l Brookline l Deering l Francestown l Goffstown l Greenfield l Greenville l 

Hancock l Hillsborough l Hollis l Hudson l Litchfield l Lyndeborough l Manchester l Mason l Merrimack l Milford l 

Mont Vernon l Nashua l New Boston l New Ipswich l Pelham l Peterborough l Sharon l Temple l Weare l Wilton l Windsor

Towns of Rockingham County NH

CITIES & TOWNS IN ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, NEW HAMPSHIRE WITH HOMES FOR SALE

Atkinson l Auburn l Brentwood l Candia l Chester l Danville l Deerfield l Derry l East Kingston  l  Epping l Exeter 

Fremont  l  Greenland l Hampstead l Hampton  l Hampton Falls l Nottingham  l Portsmouth  l  Kensington  l Raymond 

Kingston l Londonderry l New Castle  l Newfields l Newington l Newmarket l Newton l North Hampton l Northwood  l Plaistow

 Rye  l Salem l Sandown l Seabrook l South Hampton l  Stratham l Windham

Towns of Sullivan County NH

CITIES & TOWNS WE SERVE REAL ESTATE IN SULLIVAN COUNTY

Acworth l Charlestown l Claremont l Cornish l Croydon l Goshen l Langdon l Grantham l Lempster l Newport l Plainfield l 

Springfield l Unity l Sunapee l Washington

Towns of Merrimack County NH

CITIES & TOWNS MERRIMACK COUNTY, NEW HAMPSHIRE WITH HOMES FOR SALE

Allenstown l Andover l Boscawen l Bow l Bradford l Canterbury l Chichester l Concord l Danbury l Dunbarton l Epsom l Franklin l

Henniker Hill l Hooksett l Hopkinton l Loudon l New London l Newbury l Northfield l Pembroke l Pittsfield l Salisbury l

Sutton l Warner l Webster Wilmot

Towns of Strafford County NH

CITIES & TOWNS IN STRAFFORD COUNTY, NEW HAMPSHIRE WITH HOMES FOR SALE

BarringtonDover l Durham l Farmington l Lee l Madbury l Middleton l Milton l New Durham l Rochester l Rollinsford l

Somersworth l Strafford

Towns of Grafton County NH

CITIES & TOWNS IN GRAFTON COUNTY, NEW HAMPSHIRE WITH HOMES FOR SALE

Ashland l Bethlehem l Bristol l Canaan l Enfield l Hanover l Lebanon* l Lincoln l Lisbon l Littleton l Mountain Lakes

North Haverhill l North Woodstock l Plymouth l Woodsville

Towns of Coos County NH

CITIES & TOWNS WE SERVE BUYERS AND SELLERS FOR REAL ESTATE IN COOS COUNTY

Berlin l Carroll l Clarksville l Colebrook l Columbia  l Dalton l Dummer l Errol l Gorham l Jefferson l Lancaster l Milan
Northumberland l Pittsburg l Randolph l Shelburne l Stark l Stewartstown l Stratford l Whitefield

Lakes Region of New Hampshire Towns and Lakes

Here are addresses, numbers and links to information for the towns in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. For more information please feel free to call me anytime on specific events. I have also listed the lakes in each town

 

Town of Alton

PO Box 659
Alton, NH 
(603) 875-0102

Half Moon, Hills Pond, Sunset Lake, Winnipesaukee

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Town of Alexandria

47A Washburn Road

Alexandria, NH 03222

(603) 744-3288

Newfound Lake

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Town of Ashland
PO Box 517
Ashland, NH 
(603) 968-4432

Big Squam, Little Squam

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Town of Belmont
PO Box 310
Belmont, NH 
(603) 267-8300

Silver Lake

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Town of Bridgewater

5 School Street,

Bristol, New NH 03222

(603) 744-3354

Newfound Lake

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Town of Bristol

5 School Street,

Bristol, New NH 03222

(603) 744-3354

Newfound Lake

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Town of Center Harbor
PO Box 140
Center Harbor, NH 
(603) 253-4561

Squam, Waukewan, Winnipesaukee, Winona

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Town of Gilford
47 Cherry Valley Road
Gilford, NH 
(603) 527-4700

Winnipesaukee

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Town of Gilmanton

503 Province Road

PO Box 550

Gilmanton, NH 03237

Crystal Lake, Sunset Lake

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Town of Holderness
US Route 3
Holderness, NH 
(603) 968-2145

Squam, Little Squam, White Oak
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Town of Laconia 
45 Beacon Street East

Laconia, NH 03246

(603) 524-3877

Opechee, Winnisquam, Winnipesaukee

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Town of Meredith
41 Main Street
Meredith, NH 
(603) 279-4538

Pemigewasset, Waukewan, Wicwas, Winnisquam, Winnipesaukee

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Town of Moultonborough
PO Box 139
Moultonborough, NH 
(603) 476-2347

Kanasatka, Squam, Winnipesaukee

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Town of New Durham

4 Main Street

New Durham NH 03855

(603) 859-2091

Merrymeeting

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Town of New Hampton
6 Pinnacle Hill Road
New Hampton, NH 
(603) 744-3559

Pemigewasset, Waukewan, Winona

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Town of New London

375 Main Street

New London, NH  03257

(603) 526-4821

Pleasant Lake, Sunapee

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Town of Sunapee

23 Edgemont Road 

Sunapee, NH 03782

(603) 763-2212

Lake Sunapee 

 

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Town of Tilton
257 Main Street
Tilton, NH 
(603) 286-4521

Silver Lake, Winnisquam, Winnipesaukee, 

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Town of Tuftonboro
PO Box 98
Center Tuftonboro, NH
(603) 569-4539

Dan Hole Pond, Lower Beach Pond, Mirror Lake, Winnipesaukee

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Town of Wolfeboro
84 South Main Street
Wolfeboro, NH 
(603) 569-8161

Beach Pond, Crystal Lake, Mirror Lake, Rust Pond, Sargent's Pond, Wentworth, WInnipesaukee

NH Bills and Regulations impacting Waterfront Homes and Lakes

NH Bills impacting Waterfront Homes and Lakes

Septic Inspections 

House Bill 426 relative to shoreland septic systems is strongly supported by NH LAKES as an opportunity to improve water quality in New Hampshire’s lakes by identifying underperforming and uninspected septic systems. The proposed bill requires assessment at the time of sale for certain septic systems on properties within the developed waterfront. The bill would require inspection of septic systems installed prior to the state permitting process, or systems whose approval is over 20 years old, and copies would need be filed with the local health official and the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services.

Information on this provided by NH Lakes 

Michelle Davis, Advocacy Program Coordinator
mdavis@nhlakes.org

New Hampshire Record Sales in 2020

 

This just came out from the NHAR on Sales of homes in New Hampshire for 2020. It was the highest growth ever with days on market significantly lower and Prices higher and still a good time to sell. Waterfront Homes always fare better as well. 

Please call so I can show you what I can do for you. 

 



January 8, 2021

2020 a record year in NH housing market

The year 2020 was an historic one in terms of New Hampshire home sales, as single family residential unit sales, median price and sales volume hit all-time highs while inventory and supply hit their lowest marks in at least 16 years.

The median price for single family residential properties in the state was $335,000, a 12 percent jump from the previous high-water mark of $300,000, which came just the year before, in 2019. It was the ninth consecutive year of year-over-year median price increases in New Hampshire and the largest single-year jump since NHAR began tracking median price in 1998.

Here are a few additional noteworthy data points from the year-end report:

  • Inventory continued to dwindle in 2020. Months supply, meaning the number of months it would take to sell off current inventory at the average rate of sales for the last 12 months, dropped to 0.9 months in December, a 59 percent drop since December 2019, while last year’s average was 1.8 months (a 43 percent decrease). Those are the lowest numbers in that category since NHAR started tracking it in 2005.
  • The 18,449 single family unit sales was a 4.6 percent increase from 2019 and marked the first time the state has sold more than 18,000 homes in at least 23 years.
  • Every month in 2020 saw a single family residential inventory decline from the same month in 2019, and the 12-month average of 2,761 was 42 percent below last year and the lowest in at least 15 years. The 1,383 homes on the market at the end of December was the fewest in any month since at least 2005, and by comparison is roughly an eighth of the inventory that was on the market at the end of December 2010.
  • The total dollar volume of single family residential sales eclipsed the $7 billion mark for the first time, at $7.2 billion, more than $1 billion above the the previous high.

For the complete December and year-end 2020 report, click here.
For statewide and county level data from 1998 to 2020,
click here.
For fourth-quarter 2020 data, click here.

Guide to Senior Living in New Hampshire

Guide to Senior Living in New Hampshire

As of July 2019, New Hampshire had just under 1.36 million residents, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Approximately 18.1% of these residents were aged 65 and older. Although the total population of New Hampshire is expected to decline over the next 20 years, officials project that seniors will make up nearly 26% of the state’s population by 2040. The Granite State regularly ranks as one of the top states for older adults because it has the lowest percentage of seniors living below the poverty line. Seniors living in New Hampshire don’t pay state tax on their retirement benefits or monthly Social Security payments, making it an excellent place to retire.

Due to its location in New England, New Hampshire has a relatively high cost of living. As a result, seniors can expect to pay higher costs for care than seniors across the country. As an example, assisted living in New Hampshire costs an average of $7,021 per month, which is nearly $3,000 per month more than the national average.

This guide provides information about the different types of senior care available in New Hampshire, a look at the average costs of care and information about programs available to help seniors cover the costs of senior living in the state.

 

For more information visit SeniorLivingnet.com

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    Trout Fishing in New Hampshire

    Trout Fishing Records

    Trout fishing in New Hampshire is in every type and color from a graceful multi-colored brook trout, a jumping rainbow trout or feisty brown trout, there is a pond or stream within a decent driving distance for most anglers professional or novice.  

    New Hampshire is home to a number of trout ponds that are managed strictly for trout and are closed to ice fishing.  Lucas Pond it Northwood is an example. Ponds managed for trout may be stocked with one or more species, with age classes ranging from yearlings (8-12 inches) to 2-year olds (12-15 inches), with weights up to 1-1.5 pounds!

    There is over 12,000 miles of stocked trout rivers and streams available for anglers provided by the state's successful and generous fish stocking program.  Wild trout do exist and just awaiting for the angler who is willing to take a walk through uncharted forests to get to them with nearly 50 remote trout ponds that New Hampshire Fish and Game annually stocks with fingerlings  via helicopter.  These fingerling brook trout often grow to 8-10 inches by their second growing season, and it's not unusual to pull in a monster 15 inches or longer. Trophy, remote-pond brook trout (three or more years old, some in excess of 17 inches) can be caught in select backcountry waters for the serious.

    For all the record holding fish in New Hampshire that didn't get away Click Here

    Below is a chart of lakes and ponds stocked with Trout and open year round.

    NH Lakes and Ponds Stocked with Trout and Open Year Round
    Akers Pond, Big Errol Coos Rainbow Trout
    Armington Lake Piermont/Warren Grafton Rainbow Trout
    Beaver Lake Derry Rockingham Brook Trout / Rainbow Trout
    Beech Pond, Lower Tuftonboro/Wolfeboro Carroll Rainbow Trout / Brown Trout
    Bog Pond Campton Grafton Brook Trout / Rainbow Trout
    Bow Lake Strafford Strafford Rainbow Trout / Brown Trout
    Canaan Street Lake Canaan Grafton Rainbow Trout
    Canobie Lake Windham Rockingham Brook Trout / Rainbow Trout
    Catamount Pond Allenstown Merrimack Brook Trout
    Cedar Pond Milan Coos Rainbow Trout
    Chocorua Lake Tamworth Carroll Rainbow Trout
    Christine Lake Stark Coos Brown Trout
    Clark Pond Canaan Grafton Rainbow Trout
    Conservation Pond Wentworth Grafton Brook Trout
    Copps Pond Tuftonboro Carroll Brook Trout
    Crystal Lake Gilmanton Belknap Rainbow Trout
    Crystal Lake Eaton Carroll Brown Trout
    Crystal Lake Enfield Grafton Rainbow Trout / Brown Trout
    Cummins Pond Dorchester Grafton Brown Trout
    Dan Hole Pond, Little Ossipee Carroll Brook Trout
    Davis Pond Madison Carroll Rainbow Trout / Brown Trout
    Deering Reservoir Deering Hillsborough Rainbow Trout
    Durand Pond Randolph Coos Brook Trout
    Fish Pond Columbia Coos Brook Trout / Rainbow Trout
    Forest Lake Winchester Cheshire Brook Trout / Rainbow Trout / Brown Trout
    Franklin Pierce Lake Hillsborough Hillsborough Rainbow Trout / Brown trout
    French Pond Haverhill Grafton Rainbow Trout / Brown Trout
    Gould Pond Hillsborough Hillsborough Rainbow Trout / Brown Trout
    Gustin Pond Marlow Cheshire  Brook Trout / Rainbow Trout / Brown Trout
    Higher Ground Pond Wentworth Grafton Brook Trout
    Highland Lake Andover Merrimack Brook Trout / Rainbow Trout
    Horace Lake Weare Hillsborough Brown Trout
    Hutchins Mill Pond Effingham Carroll Brook Trout
    Iona Lake Albany Carroll Rainbow Trout
    Island Pond Washington Sullivan Brown Trout
    Island Pond, Big Derry Rockingham Brook Trout / Rainbow Trout / Brown Trout
    Joe Coffin Pond Sugar Hill Grafton Brook Trout / Rainbow Trout
    Kezar Lake Sutton Merrimack Rainbow Trout / Brown Trout
    Kolelemook Lake Springfield Sullivan Brown Trout
    Laurel Lake Fitzwilliam Cheshire Rainbow Trout / Brown Trout
    Loon Lake Freedom Carroll Rainbow Trout
    Lougee Pond Barnstead Belknap Brown Trout
    Lovell Lake Wakefield Carroll Rainbow Trout
    Manning Lake Gilmanton Belknap Brook Trout
    Martin Meadow Pond Lancaster Coos Rainbow Trout
    Mascoma Lake Enfield/Lebanon Grafton Rainbow Trout / Brown Trout
    Massabesic Lake Auburn/Manchester Rockingham Brook Trout / Rainbow Trout / Brown Trout
    Mill Pond Ossipee Carroll Brook Trout
    Mirror Lake Woodstock Grafton Brook Trout / Rainbow Trout / Brown Trout
    Moody Pond Ossipee Carroll Brook Trout
    Newell Pond Alstead Cheshire Brook Trout / Rainbow Trout / Brown Trout
    Ogontz Lake Lyman Grafton Rainbow Trout
    Opechee Lake Laconia Belknap Rainbow Trout
    Pea Porridge, Big Madison Carroll Rainbow Trout / Brown Trout
    Pea Porridge, Little Madison Carroll Brown Trout
    Pearl Lake Lisbon Grafton Rainbow Trout
    Pleasant Lake Deerfield Rockingham Rainbow Trout / Brown Trout
    Post Pond Lyme Grafton Rainbow Trout / Brown Trout
    Pout Pond Belmont Belknap Rainbow Trout / Brown Trout
    South Pond Stark Coos Brook Trout / Rainbow Trout
    Stinson Lake Rumney Grafton Rainbow Trout
    Streeter Pond Sugar Hill Grafton Rainbow Trout / Brown Trout
    Sunapee Lake, Little New London Merrimack Rainbow Trout
    Tarleton Lake Piermont Grafton Rainbow Trout / Brown Trout
    Tewksbury Pond Grafton Grafton Brook Trout / Rainbow Trout / Brown Trout
    Tower Hill Pond Auburn/Candia Rockingham Brook Trout / Rainbow Trout / Brown Trout
    Warren Lake Alstead Cheshire Rainbow Trout / Brown Trout
    Waukewan Lake Meredith Belknap Rainbow Trout
    Webster Lake Franklin Merrimack Rainbow Trout / Brown Trout
    Wentworth Lake Wolfeboro Carroll Rainbow Trout
    White Lake Tamworth Carroll Brook Trout
    Whitten Pond Tuftonboro Carroll Brook Trout
    Willand Pond Somersworth Strafford Rainbow Trout
    Winnepocket Lake Webster Merrimack Rainbow Trout
    Winona Lake New Hampton Belknap Brook Trout / Rainbow Trout

     

    For more information about the great fishing in New Hampshire visit https://wildlife.state.nh.us/fishing/

    For all the record holding fish in New Hampshire that didn't get away Click Here

    Video on Fishing in NH

     

    Here is a video on fishing by the state . https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=blw3OkYL4aw&feature=emb_logo

     

    I'm not the only loon on the lake.

    Mug on Duncan Lake Ossipee NH 

    Duncan Lake, Effingham NH  

     For years I have given my clients the coveted "I'm not the only Loon on the Lake" mug. I am always requested to give 2 of these wonderful 13 oz mugs so as not to created any arguments. 100s of these mugs have been given to clients over the years, though I have been remiss to take photos. I am looking for photos of all who have received one to add here. The more creative the better. Great to see you and your lake in the shot as well. So hopefully you can help. 

    If you would like to become a lucky recipient of such a prized item, just contact me to buy or sell a waterfront home in New Hampshire. 

    You can purchase all kinds of inspired items at my store at Zazzle.

    Proceeds help to promote and support the welfare of my favorite bird, teh loon and the lakes they live in. 

    Thank you so much.

     

    Mug on Long Pond, Northwood  Long Pond, Northwood

      Cocheco River, Rochester NH

    Mug on Bow Lake Strafford NH Bow Lake, Strafford NH 

     Mug on Ice, Lake Wentworth Wolfeboro NH Fernald's Basin, Wolfeboro.

     Mug on Lake WInnipesaukee Lake Winnipesaukee, Moultonborough NH

     Loon Hat in Thailand

     

    Fall Drawn down of NH Lakes

     The 2020 Fall Drawdown of Lakes

    Every year the state will draw down the level of many lakes in New Hampshire. This is done to allow for spring runoff and prevent ice damming in the winter. This protects the dams that hold back the lake levels. It is also a great time to clean up the lake shore by your property. 

    LAKE RIVER TOWN START DATE DEPTH
    (in feet)
    FROM FULL
    Akers Pond Greenough Brook Errol Oct. 12 1'
    Angle Pond Bartlett Brook Sandown Oct. 12 2'
    Ayers Lake Tributary to Isinglass River Barrington Oct. 12 3'
    Ballard Pond Taylor Brook Derry Oct. 12 2'
    Barnstead Parade Suncook River Barnstead Oct. 12 1.5'
    Bow Lake Isinglass River Strafford Oct. 12 4'
    Burns Lake Tributary to Johns River Whitefield Oct. 12 1.3'
    Chesham Pond Minnewawa Brook Harrisville Oct. 12 2'
    Crystal Lake Crystal Lake Brook Enfield Oct. 12 4'
    Crystal Lake Suncook River Gilmanton Oct. 12 3'
    Deering Reservoir Piscataquog River Deering Oct. 12 4'
    East Washington Pond Beards Brook Washington Oct. 12 2'
    Glen Lake/Greggs Falls Piscataquog River Goffstown Oct. 31 1.5'
    Goose Pond Goose Pond Brook Canaan Oct. 12 7.5'
    Grafton Pond1 Bicknell Brook Grafton Oct. 1 8'
    Great East Lake Salmon Falls River Wakefield Oct. 1 3'
    Great Pond Powwow River Kingston Oct. 12 1'
    Highland Lake North Branch Contoocook River Stoddard Oct. 12 3'
    Horace Lake (aka Weare Reservoir)2 Piscataquog River Weare Oct. 30 5'
    Horn Pond Salmon Falls River Wakefield Oct. 5 1.5'
    Howe Reservoir3 Tributary to Minnewawa Brook Dublin Sept. 8 6'
    Island Pond North Branch Contoocook River Stoddard Oct. 12 3'
    Lake Kanasatka Tributary to Lake Winnipesaukee Moultonboro Nov. 5 1.5'
    Kezar Lake Lane River Sutton Oct. 1 2'
    Kingswood Lake  Churchill Brook Brookfield Oct. 12 4'
    Little Sunapee Lake Kidder Brook New London Oct. 12 1'
    Lovell Lake  Branch River Wakefield Oct. 12 3'
    Mascoma Lake4 Mascoma River Lebanon Oct. 12 3'
    Mendums Pond Little River Nottingham Nov. 9 7'
    Milton Three Ponds4 Salmon Falls River Milton Oct. 12 3'
    Newfound Lake Newfound River  Bristol Sept. 1 2.0'
    Nay Pond Dead River Milan Oct. 1 7.5 inches
    Nippo Pond Nippo Brook Barrington Oct. 12 2'
    North River Pond North River Nottingham Oct. 12 1'
    Northwood Lake Little Suncook River Epsom Oct. 24 6'
    Opechee Winnipesaukee RIver Laconia Oct. 17 5'
    Ossipee Lake4 Ossipee River Effingham Oct. 12 3.25'
    Pawtuckaway Lake Pawtuckaway River Nottingham Oct. 12 4.8'
    Pequawket Lake Tributary to Swift River Conway Nov. 2 2'
    Pine River Pond Pine River Wakefield Oct. 12 8'
    Pleasant Lake Tributary to Little Suncook River Deerfield Oct. 12 2.70'
    Shellcamp Pond Academy Brook Gilmanton Oct. 12 2.2'
    Silver Lake Minnewawa Brook Harrisville Oct. 12 3'
    Squam Lake 4 Squam River Ashland Oct. 14 2.5'
    Sunapee Lake4 Sugar River Sunapee Oct. 14 2.5'
    Suncook Lakes Suncook River Barnstead Oct. 5 5'
    Sunset Lake Suncook River Alton Oct. 12 7'
    Trickling Falls Powwow River East Kingston Nov. 2 1'
    Union Meadows5 Branch River Wakefield Oct. 5 4'
    Webster Lake Chance Brook Franklin Oct. 12 2'
    Whittemore Lake Tributary to Contoocook River Bennington Oct. 12 1.5'
    Winnisquam Lake Winnipesaukee River Belmont Oct. 17 2'
    1. Grafton Pond will be drawn down 8 feet again this year for a two to three-week period for some minor maintenance of the dam. This drawdown will start on October 5 and the lake level will be raised to the normal two-foot drawdown level after work on the dam is complete.
    2. The drawdown of Horace Lake will begin on October 30 this year, which is approximately two weeks later than normal.
    3. The drawdown of Howe Reservoir will start in early September for maintenance work on the dam.
    4. These larger lakes generally do not reach their full drawdowns until mid or late March. The values listed above are generally the maximum levels reached, although during any given year the levels reached can be either higher or lower due to weather conditions.
    5. Union Meadows Dam will have a drawdown to facilitate some minor maintenance that needs to be done and to facilitate an inspection of the upstream side of the dam. As soon as work all work is complete, the lake level will be allowed to return to full pond.

    The depth of drawdown listed above is not from the current level, but is from the normal full pond level. Because of the drought conditions the state has been experiencing through the summer, the levels of many of these lakes are already a foot or more below full. As a result, NHDES will not be making its normal special releases from Horace Lake and Northwood Lake for downstream recreation this year, but intends to resume them next fall. However, on Saturday, October 31, a release will be made from Greggs Falls Dam in Goffstown to provide an opportunity for canoeing and kayaking in the Piscataquog River downstream. The release will begin at 11:00 AM.

    Lake drawdowns are conducted each fall to reduce winter ice damage to shoreline properties and to reduce spring flooding. Drawdowns also give property owners an opportunity to conduct any necessary repairs to their waterfront property, provided they first secure a permit from the DES Wetlands Bureau at (603) 271-2147.

    Generally, lake levels are allowed to return to the normal full pond level in the spring. However, the drawdowns of Opechee and Winnisquam Lakes, which occur on a two-year interval, last only approximately two weeks. This year, the lowering of Opechee Lake will begin on October 17, and it will likely take two days to pass the water from Opechee Lake downstream through Winnisquam Lake. Therefore, the level of Winnisquam Lake is not expected to drop noticeably until October 19. On October 30, flows at Lakeport Dam will be increased to refill Opechee Lake, and the level of Winnisquam Lake should begin to rise late in the day on November 1.

    Not included in this schedule is Lake Winnipesaukee. Unlike the other lakes in this schedule, Lake Winnipesaukee is not purposely drawn down in the fall. Instead, in the fall after Columbus Day, the releases from Lakeport Dam are reduced from a normal minimum of 250 cubic feet per second (cfs) to a flow between 30 and 50 cfs for a period of up to two weeks to allow for maintenance of the dams and hydropower facilities on the Winnipesaukee River. The flow of 30 to 50 cfs is the minimum flow needed to maintain the downstream aquatic life during this period. This year the reduction will be begun on October 17.

    By the middle of the fall, Lake Winnipesaukee is, on average, 15 inches below its springtime full level due to evaporation and releases from the lake that have occurred over the course of the summer. Because of this summer's drought, the level of the lake is already at that elevation. When the amount of water released from the dam is reduced after Columbus Day, the lake level is not expected to drop significantly for the remainder of the month of October and, if drought conditions ease in the fall and winter, it is expected to remain relatively stable through the month of December absent any major rainfall events. Depending on the amount of snow on the ground in the winter, the lake level may be lowered further beginning in January to a depth of two feet below the normal full level.

    Where do loons go in the winter.

    Where does Larry the Loon go in Winter--you would be surprised perhaps. 

    In an effort to beat the Holiday Rush, Larry the Loon flew south early only to find his loon friends just fly to the ocean on the East Coast for winter."


    Loons certainly are my favorite. I see them come early in spring even when the ice has not fully melted. A was there when a pair showed up on Swains Lake in Barrington with ice patches still floating about. I saw twelve come flying in to the edge of the ice melt in a cove on Jenness Pond in Northwood and later I witnessed the day 2 loon chicks born on a man-made protective floating nest platform on Jenness Pond, and then create 2 chicks in spring with each sharing time to sit on the eggs. I saw 24 together on Little Bow in Northwood, and a record 24 loons on Ayers Lake in Barrington.

    But I live in New Hampshire and see droves of people-and birds-flock south in winter. I mean why not. But have you seen a loon try to fly. It takes half a lake to take off.

    So where do loons actually go and why? 

    Well according to satellite tracking performed by the Loon Preservation Committees the loon makes its way to the Atlantic Ocean between Maine and Rhode Island. Loons must adapt to life in the salt water. They have salt glands in their skull between their eyes that remove the salt from the water and the fish they eat and then remove it from ducts in their beak--how do they know this stuff I am now sure.

    The reasons are unique as well. For one the salt water doesn't freeze, and a loon's livelihood is in the water the oceans provide deep and clear waters to dive and fish in. The adult loons leave their chicks behind until their feathers become long enough to support their own weight. It is also time for the young ones to become mature and strong enough to be independent and capable of surviving on their own before taking the trip to the ocean. 

    For two, the warmer waters bring all kinds of different predators like Alligators plus the water actually is too warm for them to dive.  I think maybe the long trip is just too much of an effort.

    Life on the ocean isn't easy. They have to get use to a totally new diet, and then there are much bigger waves they are not use to on smaller lakes, and rougher weather, marine pollution and nasty parasites not seen on their fresh water homes. One of a loons biggest challenges has to do with molting and getting their feathers ready to make the trip back to their birth lakes in New Hampshire. It takes 2 to 3 weeks to molt during which that time they are not able to fly and face a lot of dangers lurking. As hyou can imagine, this becomes a stressful time in their lives. Yet I am told that they mate for life so maybe, perhaps their solid relationships help to deal with hard times.

     In New Hampshire ice out is a big mystery for us humans to know the moment when the ice that has covered Lake Winnipesaukee for the winter will melt enough for the iconic M/S Mount Washington cruise ship to navigate between all of its ports in Alton Bay, Center Harbor, Weirs Beach, Meredith and Wolfeboro. Yet somehow the loon has the ability to pretty much pretty much Loons will typically arrive on New Hampshire’s lakes and ponds just after ice-out, sometimes on the very next day!

    For me the loon was first introduced to me in the iconic movie "On Golden Pond" staring Kathryn Hepburn and Jane and real father Henry Fonda which happens to be filmed in Squam Lake and Lake Winnipesaukee here. The screen play written by NH resident Ernest Thompson.

    I have lived on a lake in New Hampshire ever since leaving Michigan, NYC, and Boston and look forward to the distinctive haunting call of the loon. It is the beginning of summer when I hear them.   

    For more information on these incredible loons check out the  Loon Preservation Committee’s at www.loon.org and the N.H. Lakes Association at www.nhlakes.org.

     

    Below is a story on a pair of loons on Jenness Pond in Northwood NH who have come every year for over a decade making a family.

    New Hampshire Official Verified Record Freshwater Fish Size

    SO we have always heard about the "fish that got away" . You know like the 58 pound small mouth bass or the 30 foot long pike. Well here is the official list of fish that did NOT get away--at least not until they were recorded. 

    The NH Fish and Game Department maintains a listing of State Record fish dating back to 1911, That was the year A. Val Woodruff’s caught a  9 lb., 25.5 in. Brook Trout in Pleasant Lake, New London.  That record still stands to this day. The State looks at 35 freshwater and 14 saltwater / anadromous fish species.

    SPECIES

    LENGTH

    WEIGHT

    PLACE

    TOWN

    DATE

    ANGLER

    STATE

    American Eel

    44.50"

    8 lbs.

    Crystal Lake

    Eaton

    7/6/1975

    Michael Hansharak

    NH

    Black Crappie

    17.00"

    2 lbs. 15.84 oz.

    Great East Lake

    Wakefield

    5/3/2016

    Brian O’Day

    NH

    Bluegill

    11.25"

    2 lbs. 0.64 oz.

    Goodwins Pond

    Acworth

    6/18/1992

    Justin S. Therieau

    NH

    Bowfin

    28.00"

    8 lbs. 13 oz.

    Wilson Pond

    Swanzey

    8/24/1994

    Kenneth L’Abbe

    NH

    Brook Trout

    25.50"

    9 lbs.

    Pleasant Lake

    New London

    5/8/1911

    A. Val Woodruff

    NH

    Brown Bullhead

    17.95"

    3 lbs. 4.8 oz.

    Merrimack River

    Merrimack

    8/6/2005

    Donald Robbins

    NH

    Brown Trout

    32.50"

    16 lbs. 6 oz.

    Connecticut River

    Pittsburg

    7/4/1975

    Ken Reed, Jr.

    CT

    Chain Pickerel

    26.00"

    8 lbs.

    Plummer Lake

    Sanbornton

    4/24/1966

    Carroll R. Akeley

    MA

    Channel Catfish

    31.30”

    15 lbs. 5.28 oz.

    Connecticut River

    Chesterfield

    8/29/2020

    Matthew Smith

    NH

    Common Carp

    37.00”

    35 lbs. 13.12 oz.

    Merrimack River

    Manchester

    5/16/2015

    Donald St. Lawrence

    NH

    Common Carp (Bow)

    40.50"

    41 lbs. 0.04 oz.

    Connecticut River

    Hinsdale

    6/2/2013

    Kevin Martin

    NH

    Cusk

    34.50"

    12 lbs. 3.52 oz.

    Lake Winnipesaukee

    Gilford

    3/13/2007

    Ken Cayer

    NH

    Fallfish

    20.75"

    3 lbs. 8.96 oz.

    Lake Winnipesaukee

    Gilford

    7/12/1991

    John Conti

    MA

    Lake Trout

    42.125"

    37 lbs. 10.4 oz.

    Big Diamond Pond

    Stewartstown

    2/25/2020

    Thomas Knight

    NH

    Lake Whitefish

    21.75"

    5 lbs. 1 oz.

    Lake Winnipesaukee

    Alton

    8/23/1974

    Paul E. Littlefield

    NH

    Landlocked Salmon

    34.50"

    18 lbs. 8 oz.

    Pleasant Lake

    New London

    8/31/1942

    Mrs. Letty M. Clark

    NH

    Landlocked Salmon

    36.00"

    18 lbs. 8 oz.

    Pleasant Lake

    New London

    8/30/1914

    Mr. P.H. Killelea

    MA

    Largemouth Bass

    25.80"

    10 lbs. 8 oz.

    Potanipo Lake

    Brookline

    5/1967

    G. Bullpitt

    NH

    Northern Pike

    44.50"

    26 lbs. 9.44 oz.

    Moore Reservoir

    Dalton

    2/16/2013

    Kevin Phelps

    NH

    Pumpkinseed

    10.50”

    1 lb., 1.76 oz.

    Lake Winnipesaukee

    Moultonborough

    1/7/2017

    Michael Steffen

    NH

    Rainbow Trout

    35.50"

    15 lbs. 7.2 oz.

    Pemigewasset River

    Bristol

    9/16/1996

    Lance King

    NH

    Rock Bass

    13.50"

    1 lb. 8 oz.

    Island Pond

    Stoddard

    9/18/1982

    Linc Chamberland

    CT

    Round Whitefish

    18.00"

    1 lb. 11.68 oz.

    Newfound Lake

    Bristol

    2/5/2005

    Marty Martin

    NH

    Smallmouth Bass

    23.25"

    7 lbs. 14.5 oz.

    Goose Pond

    Canaan

    8/1970

    Francis H. Loud

    MA

    Splake Trout

    26.88"

    9 lbs.

    Crystal Lake

    Eaton

    2/20/1980

    Thomas Barbour

    NH

    Sunapee Trout

    33.00"

    11 lbs. 8 oz.

    Sunapee Lake

    Sunapee

    10/2/1954

    Ernest Theoharris

    NH

    Tiger Muskellunge

    35.50"

    11 lbs. 11.68 oz.

    Connecticut River

    W. Lebanon

    6/27/1982

    Brian Patch

    NH

    Tiger Trout

    20.00"

    3 lbs. 8.64 oz.

    Willard Pond

    Antrim

    7/6/2011

    Molly Metivier

    NH

    Walleye

    34.00"

    12 lbs. 8.8 oz.

    Connecticut River

    Wells River, VT

    5/4/1992

    Anthony Bartolini

    NH

    White Catfish

    23.00"

    5 lbs. 11 oz.

    Big Cub Pond

    Danville

    8/4/1996

    Zachary Cross

    NH

    White Perch

    17.20"

    3 lbs. 11.5 oz.

    Lake Winnipesaukee

    Moultonborough

    12/29/1986

    John J. Ziolkowski

    CT

    White Sucker

    23.00"

    6 lbs. 11.68 oz.

    Lake Winnipesaukee

    Tuftonboro

    5/3/2015

    Randy Comeau

    NH

    Yellow Bullhead

    16.00"

    2 lbs. 8 oz.

    Pecknolds Pond

    Chester

    8/1980

    Gerald Menard

    NH

    Yellow Perch

    15.50"

    2 lbs. 6 oz.

    Head’s Pond

    Hooksett

    3/4/1969

    R. Hebert

    NH

     

    Here is a list of fishing derbies as well

    https://tbcpress.homestead.com/Fishing-Tournaments-Derbies-NH.html

    Every Winter the Meredith Rotary Club hosts the Ice Fishing Derby with top prize of $5000. It is also a time to see some of the most elaborate bob houses ever. 

    https://www.meredithrotary.com/ice-fishing-derby.html

    New Hampshire has 2 opportunities to compete for "largest fish" caught in state waters -- the NH State Record and Trophy Fish programs. There is no age requirement. By entering, you also provide valuable information for fisheries biologists.

    Click here for an application to submit your record breaking Trophy fish catch.

    Get your poles out and start making stories.

     

     (updated April 27, 2017)

     

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