NH Winter Trout Options Abound

Winter anglers in New Hampshire had some trout stocked especially for them this year. The New Hampshire Fish & Game Department stocks trout during the fall months, mostly to bolster the winter ice fishery.

Anglers pursuing trout can find lists of waters that remain open to the taking of trout year-round on the Fish and Game website:

The following lakes and ponds that were stocked with trout during the fall of 2017 (note that there are many other New Hampshire waterbodies open for year-round fishing besides those on this list): Akers Pond, Errol; Cedar Pond, Milan; Big Diamond Pond, Stewartstown; Martin Meadow Pond, Lancaster; Pearl Lake, Lisbon; and Streeter Pond, Sugar Hill.

Additionally, Fish & Game Department hatcheries stock post-spawn brook and brown trout into selected waterbodies without a closed season before winter. These fish can range from 2-3 pounds each. Numbers, dates, and stocking locations vary annually. These numbers are reduced this year due to unexpected circumstances at the hatcheries.

Anglers also should note a unique opportunity this year in the Baker River in Warren and Wentworth, NH.  Severe weather in late October caused flooding at the Warren State Fish Hatchery, and many hatchery fish escaped into Patch Brook, and eventually the Baker River. Several thousand brook, brown, rainbow, and even some tiger trout escaped into the river downstream of the hatchery. Note that Patch Brook is closed to fishing 300′ downstream of the hatchery, so be mindful to stay downstream (west) of the Route 25 bridge.