Trout For Successful Fishing!

Article Date: Friday, June 6, 2008

New Hampton Fish and Game Inland Fisheries Superintendent Randy Ayers weighs year-old brook trout that will be stocked at local streams and ponds.

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Just in time for summer, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is wrapping up its annual stocking of rivers, streams, ponds and lakes with several kinds of trout.

As they have done since mid-April, trucks loaded up “yearlings'” and some two-year old brown, brook and rainbow trout at the agency’s New Hampton fishery Thursday morning and then moved out to locations to be disclosed later.

The New Hampton Fish Hatchery serves a territory that runs south to Canterbury, east to the Maine border, west to the Connecticut River and north to Crawford Notch, said Don Miller, who is a large-lake fisheries biologist, on Wednesday.

A list of stocked waters can be seen at the Fish and Game website, http//

The areas stocked Thursday will not be revealed for up to two weeks, said Miller, explaining that the delay gives the fish time to acclimate and get ready for the fishermen.

Fish and Game, from its six hatcheries, annually stocks somewhere between 800,000 and 900,000 fish statewide, said Miller. Most of them are brook and rainbows although there are also brown trout and landlocked salmon. The hatchery in Warren stocks Atlantic salmon into the Connecticut River and its tributaries.

Locally the department stocks Saltmarsh Pond in Gilford, the Winnisquam River from Tilton to Franklin, lakes Winnisquam, Opechee and Winnipesaukee, Gunstock Brook and Poor Farm Brook near Ellacoya State Park.

Miller said the lack of rain has forced the department to eschew stocking brooks in favor of ponds and lakes.

“We’re in bad need of rain right here,” he said.

The stocking programs are decades old and attempt to restore fish populations to what they were prior to the arrival of colonists in the 17th century and then through industrialization, said Miller.

“Basically, we’re re-supplying the altered habitats,” he said.

Typically Fish and Game raises “yearlings” for between 13 and 14 months before releasing them but holds back others for up to three years to let them grow to 15 inches in length and a pound and a half in weight.


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