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Fishing and Boating


Fishing is a popular recreational activity on the Lake.  Classified as a cold and warm water fishery, Spofford is known for producing quality small- and largemouth bass, rainbow trout, and Northern pike.

Rainbow Trout--In 2022, an official at Fish & Game confirmed that the stocking report shows that Spofford Lake is scheduled to receive fewer than half the number of yearling rainbow trout that it usually receives.   As of late April, 1,640 yearlings of a total of 2,240 now make Spofford their home. The 2,240 number is likely to be the new norm as Spofford Lake is considered too small to support the 5,000 yearlings of years past.

The opening of the trout season is generally the 4th Saturday of April.  Eggs are provided free of charge from the Federal Government to the Milford Fish Hatchery, where they mature to a size of 8-10 inches in length.  Fish & Game noted that the size of the fish introduced into the Lake has declined over the years.  Rainbow trout under 15 inches in length may not be kept and must be returned to the Lake.  

The Fish & Game Office in Keene can be reached at (603) 352-9669.

  • Bathymetry map:  Click here for a lake depth/contour map of Spofford Lake.  The State is expected to produce a new map in 2022. 
  • Obtain a license:  Annual fishing licenses are required for persons 16 years of age and older.  
  • Lead fishing tackle:  Since 2016, the use of lead fishing tackle (one ounce or less) is prohibited.
  • Fishing tournaments (2022):  Check the our calendar or the NH Fish & Game website details.
  • Check Questions?:  Call NH Fish and Game in Keene (603) 352-9669.

Spofford Fish videos:  Click here.


  • Obtain a license:    NH requires all PWC (personal water craft) or boat operators who are 16 years old and operating a motorboat over 25 hp to pass a boater safety course and to carry a boater education card. 
  • Questions? :  NH Marine Patrol in Keene (603) 293-2037.

    Boat Lifts

    A seasonal personal watercraft lift will qualify for PBN (permit by notification) only if it meets a number of requirements, for example:

    • Installed immediately adjacent to a legally existing dock and in a manner that creates no adverse impact,
    • Located a minimum of 20 feet from an abutting property line (or the imaginary extension of a property line over the water) and on a parcel of land that has at least 75 feet of shoreline frontage, and
    • Removed during the non-boating season.
    • Questions?:  For complete information visit NH Department of Environmental Services, or call (603) 271-3503.


    • The only public location from which kayaks may be launched is the boat ramp.   Kayaks may not be launched at the dam abutment. 
    • For reasons of preventing invasive species and per Town regulations, kayaks may not be launched from either Ware’s Grove or North Shore beach. 
    Page updated Oct 6, 2022

    Spofford Lake Association

    PO Box 177
    Spofford, NH 03462

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