Fishing in New Hampshire

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Some of the Northeast?s most productive trout streams flow through the colorful woods of New Hampshire. Native eastern brook trout, rainbows, browns, and Atlantic salmon keep fly anglers busy throughout the season which generally lasts from April through October, and thanks to proactive regulations, fish populations and catch rates remain high throughout the season.

The majority of New Hampshire?s trout streams are located in and around White Mountain National Forest, home the tallest peak in the Northeast, Mt. Washington. To the north, the Androscoggin flows out of Umbagog Lake, and continues south, touching the border of White Mountain National Forest before entering Maine. Excellent fishing for brookies, rainbows, and browns can be had along the entire length of the Androscoggin, with the Alder fly hatch being one of the most exciting times to fish the river in late June and early July. Other rivers of note in the White Mountain National Forest region include the Saco and Ellis in the southeast section where big fish can be caught on dry flies, and the Pemigewasset in the west section, where in addition to great trout fishing, both smallmouth bass and landlocked Atlantic salmon can be caught. At the very tip of the state, you?ll find the headwaters of the Connecticut River, where a chain of lakes, along with the main flow of the river, provide easy wading access and the chance to catch brookies, browns, rainbows, and landlocked Atlantic salmon.

In addition to New Hampshire?s many streams, well over 150 ponds throughout the state are home to populations of brook trout, giving anglers plenty of stillwater fishing options to enjoy. Anglers benefit from the state?s progressive public access laws which make any pond over 10 acres property of the state and open to the public for fishing. Over 50 of the ponds are designated as ?remote,? accessible by maintained logging roads and hiking trails. Even more fly fishing opportunities exist along New Hampshire?s coastline and estuaries, where anglers cast from beaches, jetties, or from boats in nearshore waters for striped bass in 30 to 40-inch range.


NH Department of Fish & Wildlife
11 Hazen Drive
Concord, NH 3301
P: (603) 271-3421

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