Resources: Research & plan your next trip
Stream Flow Information
Before selecting a river or stream to fish, it is helpful to know information, such as how much water is flowing. Select a river gauge from a USGS stream flow page so you can tell how much water is flowing; whether the flow is rising or falling; and how the current flow compares to the long-term average for this date. Or dial the flow-phone for certain dam-controlled rivers in Massachusetts. In general, it is good to fish a falling flow, especially in the spring. In the late summer and early fall, a rising flow can bring big fish into rivers from the lakes for the fall spawning run.
Flow phone for selected dam-controlled rivers 1-800-452-1742
NH Safe Wading Flow Levels
Click on the Station Number to get a graph for the selected river for
the last eight days. This can be used to see the river flow trend. By
changing the number of days, longer time intervals can be reviewed. This
can be used to determine how rain affects flows; how fast the river rises
and how long it takes to return to normal.
Andoscoggin: Errol and Shelburne High 2000 Good under 1400
Saco River North Conway High 1000 good under 600
Fishing Ponds and Lakes
A great resource for finding ponds and lakes to fish is the Freshwater Guides of New England. These are a series of books that are a wealth of information about ponds and lakes. I wrote an article that appears on their website and in the nine New Hampshire regional guides.