Mar 26, 2016 12:12 PM

New Hampshire spring fish stocking gets underway

The Associated Press

CONCORD - After a successful growing season, New Hampshire's fish hatcheries are getting ready to distribute nearly 1 million catchable-size trout to water bodies across the state.

With spring conditions arriving earlier than usual, some of the state's southern ponds already have received their fish, though most of the stocking happens in April. Jason Smith, chief of the Fish and Game department's Inland Fisheries Division, says it will still be a few weeks before river and stream conditions are suitable for trout stocking because most species don't bite until water temperatures reach the mid-to-upper 40s.

The state's designated trout ponds open April 23.

New Hampshire has six fish hatcheries that provide trout to different areas of the state.

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