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May 14, 2009

Water Drawdown at Big Brook Bog in Pittsburg

CONCORD, N.H. -- Big Brook Bog, off Route 3 in Pittsburg, N.H., will not be accessible to anglers and paddlers this season, and it will not be stocked with trout, because of a water drawdown necessitated by a seep in the embankment of the earthen Big Brook Bog Dam.

Investigators from the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services Dam Bureau determined the problem, and began the drawdown so that they can investigate and mitigate.  The Dam Bureau will work on the dam in July.  Staff believe that a new drain is needed.  Big Brook Bog will not be filled again until fall of 2009.

Big Brook Bog is ordinarily 37 acres and provides excellent wildlife habitat.  It is a fly-fishing-only water and has been managed to provide a quality trout fishery; it is stocked with brook trout each year.  Big Brook Bog Dam is owned by the Fish and Game Department; it was built in the 1950s or '60s and underwent major reconstruction in 2007.

Fishing opened for N.H. fly-fishing-only ponds managed for trout on April 25, 2009; the season extends through October 15.   For a list of waters around New Hampshire managed as quality trout fisheries, visit

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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