Fishing in NH

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

 

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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