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Designated Trout and Fly-Fishing-Only Ponds Open Saturday, April 27, 2013

CONCORD, N.H. -- Fishing in New Hampshire's designated  trout ponds and fly-fishing-only ponds opens on the fourth Saturday in April --  this year's opening day is April 27, 2013. Fishing is allowed through October  15. These waters are managed specifically for trout and offer anglers the  chance to experience exciting fishing in some of the Granite State's most  scenic surroundings.

Anglers should note that the date for the trout pond  opening is stated incorrectly in the 2013 N.H. Freshwater Fishing Digest. The  correct date is listed in the online version of the Digest at Fishing on these ponds opens Saturday,  April 27, 2013.

"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."

With our "normal" winter this year, anglers may find  their favorite north-country ponds still covered with ice.  High-elevation remote ponds from the central  White Mountain region north are likely to be partially ice-covered this  year.  Fortunately, anglers can find open  water along the shorelines to allow some limited fishing until the ice clears  in a few days.

Hot Hole Pond and Clough Pond in Loudon, French Pond in  Henniker, Mount William Pond in Weare, Dublin Lake in Dublin, 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.

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,  and Little Diamond Pond in Stewartstown.

Anglers looking for a true wilderness experience will  enjoy visiting one of the nearly 50 remote trout ponds that Fish and Game  annually stocks with fingerling brook trout via helicopter. These are 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) can be caught in these backcountry waters.

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, 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 N.H. Freshwater Fishing 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 2013 New Hampshire Freshwater Fishing Digest, available  online at or from any Fish and Game  license agent when you buy your license

Taken from the NH Fish and Game Website

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