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 26, 2014. 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.
“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.”Due to the severity of our winter, 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. The good news is that with a heavy snowpack, ponds will be “recharged” and tributary streams will flow a little bit longer through the spring this year.
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.