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Trout season arrives in New Hampshire | Outside

Fishing at many of New Hampshire’s managed trout ponds begins April 24.

These waters include designated trout ponds, fly fishing ponds, and ponds managed under the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s Wild Trout Program.

“Trout are popular with anglers because their fishing is one of the traditional rites of spring, and they are beautiful,” said Department of Fish and Game fisheries biologist Dianne Timmins in a statement. message on Facebook.

Whether your passion is brook trout with blue halos, a leaping pink-striped rainbow, or a brown-haired’s determined fight, there is a trout pond within a reasonable driving distance to put your skills in. to the test.”

Ponds managed for trout can be stocked with one or more species, including brook, rainbow and brown trout in different age classes.

“These trout ponds are often the best water in an area for a variety of reasons,” Timmins said. “Excellent habitat, limited species predation, low angling competition, and the fact that these ponds are closed to ice fishing allows larger fish to grow, which is a challenge for anglers. trout fishing. The low water conditions last year did not affect the pond conditions so we would expect some good fish to be caught there. “

Clough Pond in Loudon, French Pond in Henniker, Lucas Pond in Northwood, Mount William Pond in Weare, Dublin Lake in Dublin, Barbadoes Pond in Madbury, Mountain Pond in Brookfield and Airport Pond in Whitefield are just a few of the generously stocked ponds at the start. of the season. hotspots where opening day trout are often taken, according to the Facebook post.

The storage changes, made in 2021, have only increased opportunities in these locations, as well as others statewide, according to Fish and Game officials.

Many popular ponds can be found from the Lake District north to Pittsburg. They include Little Diamond Pond in Stewartstown, Echo Lake in Franconia, Mirror Lake in Whitefield, Russell Pond in Woodstock, Conner Pond and Duncan Lake in Ossipee, White Lake in Tamworth, Perch Pond in Campton, Saltmarsh Pond in Gilford and Spectacle Pond in Groton .

Flat Mountain Pond in Sandwich, Cole Pond in Enfield (fly fishing only), Butterfield Pond in Wilmot, Sawyer Pond in Livermore and Black Pond and Lonesome Lake in Lincoln are just a sample of these ponds, where Fish and Game has said brook trout can often grow over 8 inches in their second growing season.

The Archery Pond in Allenstown, which has a throwing platform accessible by the ADA, and Stonehouse Pond in Barrington are two popular fly fishing ponds that will be fine. stocked for the opening day.

“Further north, a few excellent fly fishing ponds include Upper Hall Pond in Sandwich, Sky Pond in New Hampton and Profile Lake in Franconia, which now has a casting platform accessible by ADA,” says the Facebook post.

Ponds managed under the wild trout regulations are only open on Labor Day, while water bodies managed for other species of trout close on October 15.

For a list of trout ponds and fly fishing ponds in New Hampshire, as well as a description of the special rules that apply to certain ponds, see the New Hampshire Freshwater Fishing Digest, available online at or from any Fish and Game agent where licenses are purchased.

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