First Connecticut Lake
Spanning over 2800 acres with depths over 160′ is NH’s 5th largest lake, First Connecticut Lake. Home to lake trout and landlocked salmon, this beautiful lake draws anglers every year after ice-out in hopes of catching a trophy fish. Its undeveloped shoreline combined with rugged mountain vistas make First Connecticut Lake a favorite destination. There are three public boat launches on First Lake. One by the dam; a good bet for larger boats, another across from the Cabins at Lopstick and a third at the end of Camp Otter Rd. The dam at First Lake is a ‘tailwater’ dam meaning its discharged water comes from a depth in the lake keeping river water cool all summer and providing excellent trout habitat.
Fishing season opens on the lake April 1 and extends to September 30th. Ice fishing season is January 1 until March 31st.
Daily limits: Lake trout, 2 fish over 18″. Daily bag limit for lake trout and salmon is 2 fish (2 lake trout, two salmon, or 1 of each) Salmon, 2 fish over 15″ Trout, open water, 5 fish or five pounds whichever is reached first. Through the ice, 2 fish. No length limit.
Beach and Picnic
There is a well kept beach and picnic area near the dam on US Rte 3. A great spot on a summer’s day! Enjoy the lawns for sports and the long beach areas.
Accessed only by boat, Picnic Island is on the East shore at the foot of Mount Magalloway. There are two picnic areas with lean-tos and campfire pits. Look for the American flag flying at the second area closest to the eastern shore.