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New Hampshire Fishing

All about fishing in the Granite State

New Hampshire Ponds Can Offer Ecxellent Fishing

Cold, clear water in the state of New Hampshire makes the perfect home for big trout and salmon. Many NH lakes also offer excellent fishing for smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, white catfish, black crappie, white crappie, walleye, rainbow trout, brook trout, brown trout, lake trout, bluegill, pumpkinseed sunfish, rock bass, white perch, yellow perch, Atlantic salmon, coho salmon, stripers, bowfin, chain pickerel, northern pike and tiger muskie. Visit local lakes, rivers, ponds and streams to wet a line.

Major New Hampshire Lakes

New Hampshire major lakes and fish chart

Lake & Fish Chart

This chart shows the major fishing waters in New Hampshire, cross referencing these waters with the major types of fishing to be found in each of the lakes or impoundments. For a more complete list of fish species in New Hampshire, see the list below, which also includes state records.

New Hampshire Fishing Lake Sizes & Locations

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Bow Lake is a 1,200-acre lake in the southeast part of the state, at Cornway, NH.

Comerford Lake is an 1,100-acre lake on the western border of the state, at Monroe, NH.

Conway Lake is a 1,300-acre lake in the northeast part of the state, 4 miles north of Northwood, NH.

First Connecticut Lake is a 2,800-acre lake in the northern tip of the state, 6 miles northeast of Pittsburg, NH.

Great East Lake is an 1,800-acre lake on the eastern border of the state, at Wakefield, NH.

Lake Francis is a 2,100-acre lake in the northern tip of the state, at Pittsburg, NH.

Lake Wentworth is a 3,000-acre lake in the northeast part of the state, at Wolfeboro, NH.

Lake Winnipesaukee is a 44,000-acre lake in the east-central part of the state, at Wolfeboro, NH.

Mascoma Lake is a 1,100-acre lake in the west-central part of the state, at Enfield, NH.

Massabesic Lake is a 2,900-acre lake in the southeast part of the state, at Auburn, NH.

Merrymeeting Lake is an 1,100-acre lake in the east-central part of the state, 2 miles north of New Durham, NH.

Moore Reservoir is a 3,500-acre lake on the western border of the state, 2 miles west of Littleton, NH.

Newfound Lake is a 4,100-acre lake in the central part of the state, at Bridgewater, NH.

Ossipee Lake is a 3,100-acre lake in the northeast part of the state, at Center Ossipee, NH.

Paugus Bay is a 1,200-acre lake in the central part of the state, at Laconia, NH.

Second Connecticut Lake is a 1,300-acre lake in the northern tip of the state, 10 miles northeast of Pittsburg, NH.

Silver Lake is a 1,000-acre lake in the northeast part of the state, at Silver Lake, NH.

Squam Lake is a 6,700-acre lake in the north-central part of the state, at Holderness, NH.

Sunapee Lake is a 4,100-acre lake in the central part of the state, at Sunapee, NH.

Umbagog Lake is a 7,600-acre lake in the northeast part of the state, 5 miles east of Errol, NH.

Winnisquam Lake is a 4,300-acre lake in the east-central part of the state, at Laconia, NH.

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State of NH Fishing Information

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Fish for big bass in New Hampshire

Excellent largemouth bass and smallmouth bass fishing opportunities are available to anglers, here in NH.

Fish Species in New Hampshire

Fishing for bass in New Hampshire

Largemouth Bass

Largemouth bass

World record: 22 lbs 4 oz

NH State Record: 10 lbs 8 oz

Smallmouth Bass

Smallmouth bass

World record: 11 lbs 15 oz

NH State Record: 7 lbs 14.5 oz

Fishing for catfish in New Hampshire

White Catfish

White catfish

World record: 22 lbs 0 oz

NH State Record: 5 lbs 11 oz

Fishing for crappie in New Hampshire

Black Crappie

Black crappie

World record: 6 lbs 0 oz

NH State Record: 2 lbs 13 oz

White Crappie

White crappie

World record: 5 lbs 3 oz

NH State Record: Unknown

Fishing for walleye in New Hampshire

Walleye

Walleye

World record: 25 lbs 0 oz

NH State Record: 12 lbs 9 oz

Fishing for trout in New Hampshire

Rainbow Trout

Rainbow trout

World record: 42 lbs 2 oz

NH State Record: 15 lbs 7 oz

Brook Trout

Brook trout

World record: 14 lbs 8 oz

NH State Record: 9 lbs 0 oz

Brown Trout

Brown trout

World record: 40 lbs 4 oz

NH State Record: 16 lbs 6 oz

Lake Trout

Lake trout

World record: 72 lbs 0 oz

NH State Record: 28 lbs 8 oz

Fishing for panfish in New Hampshire

Bluegill

Bluegill

World record: 4 lbs 12 oz

NH State Record: 2 lbs 0.6 oz

Pumpkinseed Sunfish

Pumpkinseed sunfish

World record: 2 lbs 4 oz

NH State Record: 0 lbs 13.6 oz

Rock Bass

Rock bass

World record: 3.0 lbs

NH State Record: 1 lbs 8 oz

White Perch

White perch

World record: 4.6 lbs

NH State Record: 3 lbs 11.5 oz

Yellow Perch

Yellow perch

World record: 4 lbs 3 oz

NH State Record: 2 lbs 6 oz

Fishing for salmon in New Hampshire

Atlantic Salmon

Atlantic salmon

World record: 79 lbs 2 oz

NH State Record: 18 lbs 8 oz

Coho Salmon

Coho salmon

World record: 33 lbs 7 oz

NH State Record: 16 lbs 3 oz

Fishing for striped bass in New Hampshire

Striped Bass

Striper

Saltwater world record: 81 lbs 14 oz

NH State Record: 60 lbs 0 oz

Fishing for other species in New Hampshire

Bowfin

Bowfin

World record: 21 lbs 8 oz

NH State Record: 8 lbs 13 oz

Chain Pickerel

Chain pickerel

World record: 9 lbs 6 oz

NH State Record: 8 lbs 0 oz

Northern Pike

Northern pike

World record: 55 lbs 1 oz

NH State Record: 26 lbs 9.4 oz

Tiger Muskie

Tiger muskie

World record: 51 lbs 2 oz

NH State Record: 11 lbs 11.5 oz

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