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Flying Trout? Stocking New Hampshire's Remote Ponds by Air

CONCORD, N.H. - Trout literally took flight this month,  as the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department delivered fingerling fish to some  of the state's most remote waters. Every year in June, a helicopter hired by  Fish and Game stocks remote ponds from Sunapee to Pittsburg. During this  one-day event, which this year took place on June 13, some 48 remote New  Hampshire ponds were stocked with brook trout fingerlings raised in Fish and  Game's New Hampton Hatchery.

The stocking of remote ponds in the backcountry of New  Hampshire provides a unique opportunity for anglers seeking a true wilderness  experience. While the trout delivered during the current year by air are small,  those stocked last June should have reached 5-6 inches in most areas, and  2-year-old fish may reach 12 inches or better.

"It's time to grab your float tube, a light-weight  fly rod and rubber boots and pack a lunch for a day on a remote pond,"  said Fish and Game Hatcheries Supervisor Jason Smith. "Brook trout that  were stocked last year should be well into their summer diets of mayflies.  Evening trips in late June and early July can provide dry fly enthusiasts one  last great opportunity for catching fish on the surface. As we get into July,  even these high elevation ponds will heat up enough to where many of the trout  will seek thermal refuge in the deeper waters."

Serene, remote ponds not only produce beautiful brook  trout with high catch rates, but also give the outdoor enthusiast an  opportunity for wildlife viewing, hiking, camping or just simple solitude. Many  of these remote ponds are located off popular hiking trails. As with any hiking  excursion, be sure to follow hiking safety guidelines (visit  www.hikesafe.com

A few of these remote ponds are designated as "fly  fishing only," so be sure to check the regulations prior to your trip. For the  list of remote ponds that are stocked, check the Fish and Game website at  www.fishnh.com/Fishing/trout_aerial.html

The aerial trout stocking program is made possible  through fishing license sales and with assistance from the Wildlife Heritage  Foundation of New Hampshire. To contribute to this effort, visit  www.nhwildlifefoundation.org and designate your donation for aerial  trout stocking.

For an exciting, in-depth look at the experience of  aerial stocking, check out an Associated Press video from this year's  helicopter trip at

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Taken from the NH Fish And Game Website

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