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April 13, 2005


Middleton's Jones Pond Will Not Be Stocked in 2005

CONCORD, N.H. -- Jones Pond, in Middleton, located within the Jones Brook Wildlife Management Area, will not be stocked with trout during the 2005 season because of serious structural integrity issues with the pond's earthen outlet dam, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department reported today.

Jones Pond is a fly-fishing-only water that has been managed to provide a quality trout fishery, and therefore is a popular fishing destination for a segment of New Hampshire's anglers.

Recent heavy rains and snowmelt apparently contributed to significant damage to a portion of the Jones Pond dam. As a result, the water level in the pond has dropped 6.5 feet, a substantial change, since the maximum depth in the pond is just 11 feet.

Around the state, fishing opens in fly-fishing-only ponds managed for trout on April 23, 2005; the season extends through October 15.

For a list of waters around New Hampshire managed as quality trout fisheries, click here.

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For fish stocking updates, click here.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is the guardian of the state's fish, wildlife and marine resources and their habitats.

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