Last night I was laying in bed thinking about the various waterbodies in NH (specifically rivers), that contain populations of naturaly reproducing trout. Plenty of small streams, lakes, and ponds do, but what about the larger rivers of our state? Southern NH for the most part is depending on hatchery trucks to keep the rivers stocked, a few may hold over, but what about self sustaining populations? I'd like for us to identify the states major trout rivers, look at the river's current wild trout potential, and give some thought to the possibility of imroving it and creating wild trout fisheries. Here's what the state has listed...only the Andro is of any real size I believe.
"The N.H. Fish and Game Department manages selected waters to provide wild trout fishing experiences, meaning anglers have an opportunity to catch trout that occur naturally and the trout population is not supplemented or maintained by stocking. Since the abundance of wild trout is subject to the will of its natural environment, many wild trout fisheries are subject to catch and release only, fishing tackle is restricted, and the open season is shorter to protect spawning trout in the fall.
Alder Brook Second College Grant
Androscoggin River Berlin/Gorham/Shelburne
Ethan Pond Bethlehem
Flint’s Brook Hollis
Greenough Pond, Little Wentworth Location
Gulf Brook Chesterfield
Lamb Valley Brook Second College Grant
Long Mountain Brook Stratford/Odell
Loomis Valley Brook Second College Grant
Lyman Brook Columbia
Meadow Brook Sharon
Mohawk River, West Br. Colebrook
Pond Brook Stratford/Odell
Sand Brook Hillsborough
Shoal Pond Lincoln
Witches Spring Brook Hollis"
- NH F&G
The COLDWATER FISHERIES COALITION, Inc. does an excellent job I believe of identifying exactly the type of water I'm talking about
A. The Connecticut River and its tributaries from the First Lake
dam south to North Stratford.
B. The Ammonoosuc River and its tributaries upstream from its
confluence with the Zealand River.
C. The Saco River and its tributaries upstream from the Route 16
bridge in Conway.
D. The Wild River and its tributaries upstream from the Maine border.
E. The Sugar River and its tributaries.
F. The Cold River in Cheshire/Sullivan counties and its tributaries.
G. The East Branch of the Pemigewasset River and its tributaries.
H. The Pemigewasset River from the Ayers Island Dam downstream
to the Boscawen boat ramp.
I. The West Branch of the Peabody River and its tributaries.
J. The tailwater fisheries on the Connecticut River below the Moore,
Comerford, and McIndoes dams.
K. The Gale River and its tributaries.
L. The Contoocook River and its tributaries upstream from Henniker.
M. The Bearcamp River and its tributaries.
Check them out here....