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Designated Trout and Fly-Fishing-Only Ponds Open Saturday, April 28, 2012

 Concord NH Fishing in New Hampshire's designated  trout ponds and fly-fishing-only ponds opens this year on April 28, 2012 (the  fourth Saturday in April), offering anglers the chance to experience exciting  fishing in some of the Granite State's most scenic surroundings.  These ponds are managed specifically for  trout, and fishing is allowed through October 15.

"These trout ponds are often the best waters in a  given area for a variety of reasons," said New Hampshire Fish and Game  Department Fisheries Biologist Don Miller. "Excellent habitat, low species  competition and the fact that these ponds are closed to ice-fishing allow these  waters to be managed for the trout fishing enthusiast."  Ponds managed for trout may be stocked with  one or more species, including brook, rainbow and/or brown trout, with age  classes ranging from "yearlings" (8-12 inches), 2-year olds (12-15  inches), and 3+ year olds (measured in pounds!).

"Trout are prized by anglers because they can be a  challenge to catch, and fishing for them is one of the traditional rites of  spring," Miller said.  "Whether  your passion is a multi-colored brook trout, a leaping rainbow or the  determined fight of a brown, there's a New Hampshire trout pond within  reasonable driving distance for you."

Hot Hole Pond and Clough Pond in Loudon, French Pond in  Henniker, Mount William Pond in Weare, Dublin Lake in Dublin, Lucas Pond (tiger  trout) in Northwood, and Barbadoes Pond in Madbury are a few of the generously  stocked early season hotspots where opening day trout are taken.  It gets no better than this for taking the  youngsters along with a simple garden hackle under a bobber, or floating  PowerBait fished just off the bottom.

Due to the mild winter we have experienced, this year may  find some of our northern ponds ice-free.  There are many popular ponds located from the  Lakes Region north to Pittsburg.  They  include Echo Lake in Franconia, Russell Pond in Woodstock, Conner Pond and  Duncan Lake in Ossipee, White Lake in Tamworth, Perch Pond in Campton,  Saltmarsh Pond in Gilford, Spectacle Pond in Groton, Back Lake in Pittsburg,  Fish Pond in Columbia and Little Diamond Pond in Stewartstown.

For those looking for a true wilderness experience, check  out one of the approximately 50 remote trout ponds Fish and Game annually stocks  with fingerling brook trout via helicopter (listed at . Flat Mountain Pond in  Sandwich, Cole Pond in Enfield (fly fishing only), Butterfield Pond in Wilmot,  Peaked Hill Pond in Thornton, Black Pond and Lonesome Lake in Lincoln are just  a sampling of these delightful ponds, where fingerling brook trout often grow  to 8-10 inches by their second growing season, and it's not unusual to pull in  brookies 15 inches or longer. Trophy, remote-pond brook trout three or more  years old, some in excess of 17-18 inches, are available to the anglers who  wish to fish in the "backcountry."

Archery Pond in Allenstown (with a wheelchair-accessible  casting platform) and Stonehouse Pond in Barrington are two popular  fly-fishing-only ponds that will be ice-free and well stocked for the opener.  If you travel over to Antrim and fish Willard Pond (produced the state record  tiger trout caught in 2011), you will be treated to forested, undeveloped  shorelines and the "triple treat" of fly-fishing: brook, rainbow and tiger  trout.

Further north, some excellent fly-fishing-only ponds  include Upper Hall Pond in Sandwich, Sky Pond in New Hampton and Profile Lake  in Franconia (check the fish digest for special regulations) on these waters.  In addition, White Pond in Ossipee and Coon Brook Bog in Pittsburg offer  excellent opportunities to "match the hatch" throughout spring and  early summer.

For a list of trout ponds and fly-fishing-only ponds in  New Hampshire, as well as a description of special rules that apply to certain  ponds, consult the 2012 New Hampshire Freshwater Fishing Digest, available  online at or from any Fish and Game  license agent when you buy your license.

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