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New Hampshire Trout Fishing

All about fishing for rainbow, brook, brown and lake trout in New Hampshire lakes and streams.

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Trout fishing in New Hampshire

NH Trout Fishing Waters

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, Comerford Lake, Conway Lake, First Connecticut Lake, Great East Lake, Lake Francis, Lake Sunapee, 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, Umbagog Lake and Winnisquam Lake. The Connecticut River, Pemigewasset and other rivers and streams are a good place to find great trout fishing.

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

Watch trout fishing videos to see trout anglers in action.

The 5 primary trouts are the rainbow, brook, brown, cutthroat and lake trout. Browns are considered the most difficult to catch and brookies are the easiest. Pure cold water is key to survival of the trouts.

New Hampshire Record Trout

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.

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

By clicking on the images and links above, you will be taken to a page offering more information about the selected species.

Trout fishing waters and information, by state.


The habits of trout.

Trout are considered some of the most difficult fish to fool. Once you locate New Hampshire waters with a population of trout, the challenge becomes identifying trout flies and lures that will trigger strikes. Visit the trout fishing page to learn more about the habitat each of the trouts prefer.

Fishing boats and boat rentals

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