A gift from the fishery gods: Trout stocked for NH winter anglers

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CONCORD, NH — Winter anglers in New Hampshire have had some trout stocked especially for them this fall.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department stocks trout every year during the fall months, mostly to bolster the winter ice fishery. This should translate into some exciting action for winter anglers, according to Inland Fisheries Division Chief Jason Smith.

Anglers going after 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.

Following is a list of New Hampshire lakes and ponds that are scheduled to be stocked with trout during the fall of 2015 (please note that the list below is the plan for this year. There are many more New Hampshire waterbodies open for year-round fishing than are included on this list):

Akers Pond, Errol Laurel Lake, Fitzwilliam Streeter Pond, Sugar Hill
Beaver Lake, Derry Martin Meadow Pond,  Lancaster Sunapee Lake (Little), New London
Cedar Pond, Milan Massabesic Lake, Manchester Waukewan Lake, Meredith
Chocorua Lake, Tamworth Mirror Lake, Woodstock Wentworth Lake, Wolfeboro
Crystal Lake, Gilmanton Opechee Lake, Laconia Winona Lake, Center Harbor
Diamond Pond (Big), Stewartstown Pearl Lake, Lisbon Newell Pond, Alstead
Forest Lake, Winchester Silver Lake, Madison
Gustin Pond, Marlow Stinson Lake, Rumney

Additionally, the Fish and Game Department hatcheries will stock out 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, depending on availability.

If anglers wish to pursue some open-water trout fishing in rivers, the Department will be stocking portions of the Cocheco and Lamprey rivers in mid-October through mid-November with surplus broodfish from our New Hampton Hatchery.

New this year….additionally several hundred 2-3 pound surplus rainbow trout broodstock are being stocked from our Warren Fish Hatchery. Our hatchery staff have been experimenting with trying to utilize our own broodstock to procure rainbow trout eggs.  These surplus fish are a by-product of this experiment, and it is unlikely they will be available in future years.  So get out and enjoy them while they are available!

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is the guardian of the state’s fish, wildlife and marine resources and their habitats.  Find online license sales, fishing tips and more at www.fishnh.com.


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