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.
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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
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.
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.