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Fishing in New Hampshire, A brief look

Primarily a coldwater state, New Hampshire has over 4,000 miles of trout streams and 227 coldwater ponds which contain brook, brown, lake, and rainbow trout, as well as landlocked salmon. There are approximately 1,200 warmwater fishing lakes in the southern portion of the state in which smallmouth bass and chain pickerel predominate. Many of the smaller northern waters in the White Mountains region maintain natural populations of native brook trout, but New Hampshire does a great deal of stocking to maintain a put-and-take trout fishery.

Some of the most notable New Hampshire fishing locations are the Androscoggin River, Ammonoosuc River, Baker River, Connecticut Lakes, and many others. However, there are many lesser streams and ponds which offer good to excellent fishing in New Hampshire. The best landlocked salmon fishing occurs in the early spring, right after 'ice out,' and some good trout fishing can be had in some parts of the state until late October. New Hampshire also provides some good saltwater fishing along its limited coastline between Newburyport and Portsmouth. The principal New Hampshire fishing species sought is the striped bass.

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New Hampshire Fishing Locations

Fishing in New Hampshire is the most prevalent in the following areas: Androscoggin River, Ammonoosuc River, Baker River, Connecticut Lakes, Swift Diamond River, Connecticut River, Saco River, Winnipesaukee Lake, Sunappe Lake, Squam Lake, Ossipee Lake, Newfound Lake, Hampton River, Smith River, Bearcamp River, Mascoma River

New Hampshire Fishing Species

Popular New Hampshire fishing species include: Brook trout, brown trout, lake trout, rainbow trout, landlocked salmon, smallmouth bass. New Hampshire saltwater fish: mackerel, salmon

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