Blog :: 12-2020

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









Atlantic Cod


98 lbs. 12 oz.

Isle of Shoals



Alphonse Bielevich

Black Sea Bass


2 lb.,14.88 oz.

Little Bay



Lucas Watson

Bluefin Tuna


962 lbs.

Gulf of Maine



Richard Green.



21 lbs.

Great Bay



Henry S. Krook

Chinook Salmon


19 lbs. 4 oz.

Exeter River



Brian O’Connell

Coho Salmon


16 lbs. 3 oz.

Piscataqua River



Perry R. Soroko



31 lbs.

Gulf of Maine



Richard F. Hincman

Grey Triggerfish


2 lbs. 1.12 oz.

Piscataqua River



Timothy D. Moore, Jr.



10 lbs. 10.75 oz.

Gulf of Maine



George R. Koster



3 lbs.

Gulf of Maine



Donald F.X. Angerman



47 lbs.

Atlantic Ocean



Noborv Murakami, MD

Striped Bass


60 lbs.

Great Bay



Robert A. Lindholm



9 lbs. 0.06 oz.

Hampton Harbor



Marc Schloss

Winter Flounder


3 lbs. 3.68 oz.

Hampton River



Mike Radziszewski


(updated April 27, 2017)

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.


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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


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    Video on Fishing in NH


    Here is a video on fishing by the state .


    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. 

    (in feet)
    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.

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