Freshwater fishing spots in southern tier of northern New England Much of the moving water in the north country remains very hard to fish because of rain swelling so many rivers. Yet for anglers, all things are possible, and while the pressure is lighter all over the north, the good news is that the season should run longer this year.
Williams River — A tributary to the Connecticut, the river rises in Andover and flows for about 25 miles through the rolling countryside of Chester and Bartonsville. Often overlooked by anglers because of its small size and the difficult challenge, the Williams does have sections that support brook trout and rainbows, along with warmwater species such as smallmouth bass. At one section, near Chester, the river also supports brown trout. The state stocks this river with rainbows, brown, and brook trout, with the most stocking between Chester and Brockway Mills, a stretch with ample fish and beauty. Along the way are some deep holes and undercut banks where wild fish hold . . . a wader’s paradise.
Battenkill River — The best-known trout water in Vermont — perhaps all of New England. The fly-fishing Hall of Fame is also located here in the southern part of the state, a fitting spot for this premier river. The Battenkill begins at the Mad Tom in Dorset, and winds westward through woods and farmland to the New York border. It’s easy to reach from Route 7A, which runs along its length. Most anglers begin in Manchester, even though the onetime pastoral village seems bent on going the North Conway or Freeport route with factory outlet stores.
Mad River — Accessed along Route 100B from Middlesex to Moretown with headwaters in Granville. The lower part of the river is wider and slow-moving, and perhaps easier to fish than the headwaters, which are faster moving over riffles and pools. At this moment, while the water is high, there’s not too much activity, especially in the lower part of the river.
Winooski River — Starts in Marshfield where it flows northwest, first as a small stream, then gains size as several tributaries enter it on the way to Lake Champlain at Burlington. It is an easy river to access, and in most places to wade, though you’ll find many canoes there. Also, waders should be aware of the dam releases along the river. Still, there is plenty of water for the swell of anglers and other users who show up in spring.
The Androscoggin — As much as anglers love the Connecticut River, northern New Hampshire has another fine large river, which outlets Lake Umbagog at the border of Maine and New Hampshire. The scenery is worth the trip — as is true for the Connecticut as well. The Androscoggin gathers size as it flows through Berlin to Gorham, takes a 90-degree eastward jog and flows into Maine. Route 16 out of Gorham runs alongside the river to Errol. This is a fine trout river, with both stocked and wild fish, and big space that gives anglers plenty of room to swing the fly rod. While the wading is fine, many anglers float the river because it gives them so much more water to fish.
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