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January 18, 2008  

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Brown Trout
A 2-lb brown trout in spawning colors makes a fine catch.
Brook trout
Colorful brood stock brook trout.
Stocking trout
Todd Lemieux of the New Hampton Hatchery stocks brown trout that are representative of the size fish stocked this January.

Bonus Trout Stocked for Anglers in Selected Lakes, Ponds and Rivers

CONCORD, N.H. -- Recent stockings of surplus brown and brook trout should lead to some pleasantly surprised anglers in New Hampshire. These trophy fish, former residents of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department's New Hampton Hatchery, consist of brood fish (already utilized) and surplus fish that exceeded the production requirements for management plans.  The brood fish are larger and older (2 to 4 years old) brook trout and brown trout. Some of these fish have reached the age where they are no longer prime candidates for egg production.  While still in great condition, these older fish may not produce the quality and quantity of eggs Department fish culturists seek.

The brook trout display brilliant spawning colors, as seen at right. The dark red/orange flanks and contrasting orange/black/white fins of these fish will make great pictures, so be sure to bring along a camera.  The brood brown trout are also still in full spawning colors.  These fish, topping out at over two pounds and 18 inches, will challenge and reward the dedicated angler.  The surplus trout consist of respectable-sized brown trout yearlings (average lengths 8-10 inches).

Trout were stocked into not only lakes and ponds, but rivers as well (see list below).  Anglers who enjoy open water fishing should try the two rivers recently stocked in southeastern New Hampshire. These fish were stocked in river sections where catch-and-release regulations exist; flies or artificial lures with single barbless hooks are permitted.  The lakes and ponds that received these bonus fish are managed under general fishing regulations that allow 6 ice fishing devices and provide for a 2 trout daily limit. 

As with all ice fishing, it is recommended that ice anglers use extreme caution and check ice thickness regularly.  For ice safety tips, click here.

Typically, N.H. Fish and Game releases surplus fish in the fall during open water conditions, but the relatively warm water temperatures at the end of 2007 delayed spawning operations at New Hampton fish hatchery. "Since these fish were stocked in waterbodies during winter conditions, fish culturists, biologists and volunteers had to get creative," said Ben Nugent, a Fisheries Biologist with N.H. Fish and Game. Existing ice-fishing holes, open water at aerated docks, and improvised chutes were used to deliver these fish efficiently and safely to the selected waters. 

"Because these fish were designated as surplus fish, there is no assurance that this extra stocking will occur every year," said Nugent.  "New Hampshire's anglers should consider them as bonus fish, and we hope that they provide a memorable fishing experience." 

The following New Hampshire waters received bonus fish in early January (listed by
Waterbody, Town, Species stocked, Comments):

  • Manning Lake, Gilmanton, Brook Trout, 6 Fishing Devices, Limit 2 fish through the ice
  • White Lake, Tamworth, Brook Trout, 6 Fishing Devices, Limit 2 fish through the ice
  • Winona Lake, Center Harbor, Brook Trout, 6 Fishing Devices, Limit 2 fish through the ice
  • Webster Lake, Franklin, Brown Trout, 6 Fishing Devices, Limit 2 fish through the ice
  • Tewksbury Pond, Grafton, Brook Trout/Brown Trout, 6 Fishing Devices, Limit 2 fish through the ice
  • Mascoma Lake, Enfield, Brown Trout, 6 Fishing Devices, Limit 2 fish through the ice
  • Mirror Lake, Woodstock, Brown Trout, 6 Fishing Devices, Limit 2 fish through the ice
  • Laurel Lake, Fitzwilliam, Brown Trout, 6 Fishing Devices, Limit 2 fish through the ice
  • Pleasant Lake, Deerfield, Brook Trout/Brown Trout, 6 Fishing Devices, Limit 2 fish through the ice
  • Cocheco River, Dover, Brown Trout, Catch and Release, Single Barbless Hook, Artificial Lures/Flies
  • Lamprey River, Durham, Brown Trout, Catch and Release, Single Barbless Hook, Artificial Lures/Flies

In addition to the recent stocking of surplus trout, some waterbodies are stocked with trout in the fall as part of its management plan.  For a list of waterbodies that were stocked during the fall, click here.

For online fishing license sales and more information on fishing in New Hampshire, click here.

As guardian of New Hampshire's fish, wildlife, and marine resources, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department works in partnership with the public to conserve, manage, and protect these resources and their habitats; inform and educate the public about these resources; and provide the public with opportunities to use and appreciate these resources.

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