New Hampshire Trout Fishing For Rainbow, Brown, Brook & Lake Trout - Fly Fishing & Other Techniques for Catching Big Trout in NH.
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New Hampshire Trout Fishing

Trout Fishing in New Hampshire

The 5 primary trouts are the rainbow, brook, brown, cutthroat and lake trout. Brown trout are considered the most difficult to catch and brookies are the easiest. Pure cold water is key to survival of the trouts and the brook trout is the most sensitive to temperature. The others are comfortable in slightly warmer waters.

Trout Fishing Lakes In New Hampshire

Most of the fishing waters in New Hampshire have one or more species of trout. Major lakes with healthy populations of trout include Bow Lake, Conway Lake, First Connecticut Lake, Great East Lake, Lake Francis, Lake Wentworth, Lake Winnipesaukee, Mascoma Lake, Massabesic Lake, Merrymeeting Lake, Moore Reservoir, Newfound Lake, Ossipee Lake, Paugus Bay, Second connecticut Lake, Silver Lake, Squam Lake, Sunapee Lake, Umbagog Lake and Winnisquam Lake. The Connecticut River, Pemigewasset and other rivers and streams are a good place to find trout.

For information regarding trout stocking in New Hampshire visit the New Hampshire Fish & Game Department website.

The New Hampshire state record brook trout was taken out of Pleasant Lake, the state record brown trout came from the Connecticut River, Newfound Lake was home to the state record lake trout, the NH state record rainbow trout was caught out of the Pemigewasset River and the state record sunapee trout was taken from Sunapee Lake.

Rainbow Trout
Oncorhynchus mykiss

Fishing For Rainbow Trout

Brook Trout
Salvelinus fontinalis

Fishing For Brook Trout

Brown Trout
Salmo trutta

Fishing For Brown Trout

Lake Trout
Salvelinus namaycush

Fishing for lake trout

Organizations & Resources

Cutthroat Trout Conservation
DMOZ Trout Section

Submit Fishing Articles And Photos

Submit Fishing Guides

The states list to the left can direct you to information about trout fishing in other states.

All About Fishing for Trout in New Hampshire.



Rainbow Trout Picture
World Record Rainbow Trout

42 lbs - 2 oz

New Hampshire State Record Rainbow Trout

15 lbs - 7 oz

Preferred Water Temperature

52 - 68 Degrees

Preferred Habitat

Prefers generally clear flowing waters with turbulence for oxygenation over gravel, rock or sandy bottoms.


Brook Trout Picture
World Record Brook Trout

14 lbs - 8 oz

New Hampshire State Record Brook Trout

9 lbs - 0 oz

Preferred Water Temperature

52 to 64 Degrees

Preferred Habitat

Prefers clear cold water with moderate current over gravel, rocks or sand.


Brown Trout Picture
World Record Brown Trout

41 lbs - 7 oz

New Hampshire State Record Brown Trout

16 lbs - 6 oz

Preferred Water Temperature

56 - 64 Degrees

Preferred Habitat

Prefers slightly stained cool water with minimum current over rock or sandy bottoms with heavy cover.


Lake Trout Picture
World Record Lake Trout

72 lbs - 0 oz

New Hampshire State Record Lake Trout

28 lbs - 8 oz

Preferred Water Temperature

52 - 68 Degrees

Preferred Habitat

Prefers clear to slightly stained water with significant depths and sandy bottoms in the shallows.

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