Boaters Info

New Hampshire Official Verified Record Freshwater Fish Size

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

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

29.50”

12 lbs. 4.80 oz.

Connecticut River

Hinsdale

9/20/2014

Dave Kellam

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

39.50"

28 lbs. 8 oz.

Newfound Lake

Bristol

4/24/1958

Albert C. Staples

MA

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

 

 (updated April 27, 2017)

 

Docks may need permits

Docks and Shoreline Structures

I am often asked if you can put in a dock or enlarge an existing one in any lake property. There are several aspects to consider. All natural bodies of water are held in trust for public use by the State of New Hampshire. Under RSA 482-A, NH Wetlands Law, constructing new structures such as docks, boat lifts, jet ski lifts, retaining walls, breakwaters and perched beaches in or on any bank, flat, marsh or swamp in and adjacent to and waters of the state requires a permit. This permit serves as permission for an entity to build and maintain a structure within an area held in public trust.

Changing dock size may create issues with abutters

Dock owners may replace a grandfathered dock without complying with statutory setback and other current statutory limitations as long as they do not change the size or configuration of the dock, which would trigger current permitting requirements. Problems arise when the replacement dock is larger or closer, from the abutter’s perspective, which can raise issues of encroachment, trespass and private nuisance, among others. 

To determine is a permit is required to do any work on a dock take this survey

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/docks?sm=J6yE1w7o3mqrHOjeSxeKRKikIjx6lSBlcx6znku%2f0Z0%3d

 

Free Fishing Days in New Hampshire

New Hampshire offers two free fishing days each year, so make plans to get out and cast a line with family and friends.  Free fishing days are offered on:

  • The first Saturday in June, and
  • The third Saturday in January.

NOTEPersons participating in a fishing tournament must still hold a license, even on free fishing day.

Free Fishing Day Rules:

• State residents and nonresidents alike can fish any inland water - or saltwater - in New Hampshire that day without a fishing license.

• Note that season dates, bag limits and all other fishing regulations must be followed on Free Fishing Day.

For details on fishing rules, consult the New Hampshire Freshwater Fishing Digest.

 

Read more fishing information - stocking reports, tackle tips, access sites, lake depths and fishing reports from across the state. And check out our regional fishing brochures, with suggestions on where to fish from the shoreline, currently available for Manchester/Nashua, the North Country, southwestern New Hampshire, the Lakes Region, and the seacoast.

 

If you get hooked on Free Fishing Day, enjoy the fun year round. Licenses are available online or from any of 250 friendly local license agents statewide. You don't need a license if you are under the age 16 in New Hampshire. 

 

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Building boats that build character

My Daughter Mariella, age 15 by her wonderful Canoe she built, The "Free Spirit"

Since 1992, the Boat Museum in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire had the idea of preserving the boating heritage of the New Hampshire Lakes for all of us to remember. For me, beginning at 8:30 Am on July 5th, 2011 it became a place to actually build a boat with my fifteen-year-old daughter Mariella, a time for us to never forget.
In an age of instant messaging, instant this and instant that, so many things grab the attention of peoples lives. And, here we were, getting up early in the morning, standing under tents in 80+ degree weather for at least 6 hours a day for 6 days, making a boat that requires teamwork, patience, time, diligence and a lot of learning. It was hard work. It was hot. Yet Mariella would be knocking on my shoulder to wake me up to get going.
In my life, boats have always built fond memories; from challenging fellow 8 year old campers in canoes cut in half at Camp Deerhorn in Wisconsin, sailing at my grandfather’s place on Lake Michigan, traveling by boat everywhere before being allowed to drive a car at our family’s island cottage in Canada, cruising in Boston Harbor, enjoying the views from the Mt Washington on Winnipesaukee, and morning kayaking on a small lake in Northwood with my daughter.
Building a boat brings a whole new level of memories to cherish.

Building Boats, My Early Years.
I remember as a kid helping to build a “McGregor Bay Sled” up at our family’s cottage in Canada. These were big flat bottom utility boats, 4 feet wide, 16 feet long, and could carry anything, weighed a ton, and go anywhere slow. It was made with heavy marine plywood, a bunch of bolts, gallons of glue, and some lead paint I am sure. When the transom rotted, we would simply cut off the bad part, move it forward and screw it back on until it got so bow heavy that the propeller stuck out of the water in the stern. It took two weeks and 5 of us to build.

Building Boats, Our Wolfeboro Week
At the Boat Museum, Mariella and I built something far more elegant, far more refined, and far less heavy. It is called a “six-hour canoe” –The six-hour part –well that was how long it took for us to put the two sides together. It was really a six-day canoe for us. We made it by hand out of wood—cutting, bending, nailing, screwing, planning, sanding, fiberglassing, varnishing, and painting--into a masterpiece –using the many tools provided--and a lot of patience.
We also were able to add personal touches including a curved deck on the bow and stern held down by brass nails and a few brass goodies from Bradley's Hardware and Goodhue and Hawkins.

 

For the price of a normal summer camp, the New Hampshire Boat Museum Boat Building Program---well you came away with a beautiful boat, and memories that will last a lifetime.


“Free Spirit”, a canoe designed in the past, was built with newly learned skills, by Mariella’s own talented hands.
 

Here is a video my daughter made of the making of Free Spirit.

Video on Mariella's "Free Spirit" at the Boat Building School NH

Building Free Spirit was an great experience. And it only took six days!  Enjoy :)

Posted by Mariella Travis on Friday, September 2, 2011
 
                               
Check out the Boat Building Program and other events won't you?

 

New Hampshire Boat Museum

399 Center St., Wolfeboro Falls, NH

EMAIL

museum@nhbm.org

WEB SITE:

http://www.nhbm.org

603.569.4554

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