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White Mountains Fishing

The clear, cold water of the White Mountains region is ideal for trout fishing, and Brook, Brown, and Rainbow trout are abundant. Notable rivers and streams include the Swift River along the Kancamagus Highway, the East and West Branches of the Pemigewasset, the Saco, Ellis, and Wildcat Rivers, and the Ammonoosuc River. Prefer lake fishing? Cast your line at Moore Reservoir on the Connecticut River, Big and Little Squam, Stinson, and Echo Lake; and Profile Lake (fly fishing only).

The ponds, brooks and rivers of the White Mountain National Forest are also available to fishermen with a network of highways and foot trails offering roadside and backcountry access. Fishing licenses are available online at and at more than 275 license agents throughout the state (most of whom are sporting goods dealers or provide services to sportsmen).

Non-Resident and Resident licenses can be purchased online at or across the state at selected local businesses.

For more information on fishing or hunting in the National Forest, contact the White Mountain National Forest, 71 White Mountain Dr., Campton NH 03223. Tel: (603) 536-6100. Open Monday-Friday, 8am-4:30pm or visit