CONCORD – Winter anglers in New Hampshire had some trout stocked especially for them during 2019. The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department stocks trout during the fall to bolster the winter ice fishery, translating into some exciting fishing action this winter, according to Inland Fisheries Division Chief Jason Smith.
Winter anglers chasing trout can find lists of waters that remain open to the taking of trout year round on the Fish and Game website:
• For lakes and ponds, visit www.fishnh.com/fishing/trout-year-round.html.
• For rivers and streams, see www.fishnh.com/fishing/trout-streams.html.
• Rules for waterbodies with special regulations are listed in the N.H. Freshwater Fishing Digest, available from license agents or on the Fish and Game website at www.fishnh.com/fishing/publications.html.
The following is a list of New Hampshire lakes and ponds that were stocked with trout during the fall of 2019: Akers Pond, Errol; Cedar Pond, Milan; Big Diamond Pond, Stewartstown; Martin Meadow Pond, Lancaster; Pearl Lake, Lisbon; and Streeter Pond, Sugar Hill. Please note that there are many more New Hampshire waterbodies open for year-round fishing besides those on this list.
The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s hatcheries stock post-spawn brook and brown trout into selected waterbodies without a closed season before winter. These fish can range from 2-3 pounds each. Numbers, dates, and stocking locations vary annually.
“New Hampshire rivers and streams open to fishing January 1, so I would encourage anglers to take advantage of opportunities in places such as the Newfound River when weather conditions are favorable,” said Smith.
Learn more about ice fishing in New Hampshire at https://www.wildlife.state.nh.us/fishing/ice-fishing.html.
To download the brochure “Safety on Ice — Tips for Anglers,” visit www.wildnh.com/outdoor-recreation/ice-safety.html.
Learn more about fisheries management in New Hampshire, which is funded in part by the federal Sport Fish Registration Program, at www.fishnh.com/fishing/fisheries-mgt.html.