When you book a stay in one of the comfortable, cozy cabins at Lopstick, you can access more than 21 fishable bodies of water.
Upper Connecticut River
Starting as a trickle near the Canadian border in Pittsburg, NH, the river forms a chain of the deep, cold-water Connecticut Lakes, full of lake trout and landlocked salmon, before flowing some 440 miles south to Long Island Sound. The river itself holds native brook trout, rainbow trout, and large brown trout. Landlocked salmon make their way into the river during spring and fall spawning runs. The river has fly-fishing only regulations on five miles of river. Most of the river from Lake Francis south is open to lure and bait as well. Two tail-water dams provide cold river water for miles downstream making summer fishing on the Connecticut River excellent. The “Trophy Stretch” of the Connecticut River begins a mile south of Lopstick, and this fly-fishing-only water is famous among fly fishing aficionados.
Our guides can arrange drift-boat fishing on the Androscoggin River, starting near Errol, New Hampshire and running east into Maine. Home to landlocked salmon and brook trout, the Androscoggin is noted for its alder fly hatch, usually during the latter part of June. Float trips are scheduled mid-May through mid-July and again in September and October.
Big Brook Bog
The 37-acre Big Brook Bog is a fly fishing only pond not far from Lopstick. Anglers will find brook trout and other species, but may also see moose, bear, deer, woodcock, grouse and Northern loons. It’s a great spot for a picnic, too. Lopstick keeps a rowboat on the pond for the use of our guests.
This 18-acre deep, cold mountain pond is located near the U.S.-Canadian border, hence its name. Brookies swim in the depths here. There are two Lopstick rowboats kept at the pond, or you can pack in a kayak or canoe.
A good travel town road provides access to this 25-acre pond at the top of the world. Fly-fishing only here, and the colorful brookies and horned pout (or bullheads) are the target. Action is great when the Green Drake hatch is on! Come at night to see the majesty of the night sky, and listen for the haunting cries of the Northern loon.
Coon Brook Bog
Remote and spring-fed, Coon Brook Bog is a six-acre pond teeming with brookies. Fly fishing only, Lopstick maintains two rowboats here for our guests. Keep an eye out for wildlife: moose, deer, bear, geese, woodcock, ruffed grouse, blackbirds and more are often spouted around the pond in summer.
Bring your canoe to this pristine watershed to fish for brookies and to paddle up the feeder brook to Norton Pool. Once owned and now donated to the Nature Conservancy by a local paper company, there’s a well-maintained logging road for access, and one of the few remaining virgin stands of forest on the banks. Moose sightings are common. Lopstick maintains rowboats here for our guests.
It takes some effort to get to this three-acre pond, deep in the woods down an old dirt road. But the effort is rewarded with magnificent views, great fishing and peace and quiet. Fly fishing only.
A good gravel road will bring you to this seven-acre, spring-fed, crystal-clear pond, where you can almost see the brookies swimming around. Moose are not uncommon here, and the early season fishing is always good.
Moose Falls Flowage
This smaller impoundment (25-acres) of the Connecticut River is reserved for non-motor boats: rowboats, canoes or kayaks. Early season brook trout fishing is usually excellent, and the wildlife in the area seems to enjoy the relative peace and quiet out here in the deep woods.
This spring-fed pond, just 10 acres and shallower than most, is a hotspot when the weather is cooler, in early season and in the fall. Lots of brookies and other species, and one of the best places to spot, as the name implies, one of our local resident moose. Fle fishing only.
This good-sized pond (62 acres) is also deep and accessible on a good gravel road. Fishermen can use fly or spin gear and Lopstick maintains rowboats on the pond.
Don’t let the name fool you: this is a nice-sized, 100-acre pond located in the heart of the Conservation Area, and is teeming with wildlife. Fly fishing only, this pond boasts some good-sized brookies.
Formed by the impoundment of the west branch of Indian Stream, close to the Canadian border, this beautiful pond is fly fishing only and accessible by cars or SUVs with good ground clearance. Look for beaver dams and the occasional munching moose as you fish for trophy brookies. Lopstick maintains rowboats on the pond.
This river is a tributary of the Upper Connecticut River that originates near the Canadian border, flows through forest and farmland before rejoining the Connecticut a bit downstream. It was also the border between the US and the short-lived Republic of Indian Stream, c. late 1700s. Good fishing for brookies, with rainbow and brown trout near the confluence with the Connecticut.
Another tributary river from the Upper Connecticut near the Canadian border, rejoining in the “Trophy Stretch.” Good fly fishing for brookies along the way, and Lopstick has four cabins on the stream as it nears the Connecticut River.
The southernmost impound lake on the Connecticut River, with its Murphy Dam, built in the 1930s, just north of Pittsburg village. There are two public boat launches on this lake, which is filled with brook, brown and rainbow trout, as well as lake trout and salmon.
This 359-acre, somewhat shallow lake is a great fishing spot all season long, with brookies, rainbows and smallmouth bass among the catch. The Hexagenia hatch at the end of June, beginning of July, attracts anglers from throughout the region. Public boat launch available and Lopstick maintains 10 cabins on the shore.
First Conn Lake
The fifth-largest lake in New Hampshire, First Connecticut Lake is some 2,800 acres and 160 feet deep. Lake trout and salmon are among the species anglers seek, and there are three public boat launches on the lake. There’s also a beach and picnic area near the dam. Lopstick cabins are found on and overlooking First Conn.
Second Conn Lake
Five miles north of First Conn, this 1,286-acre lake offers landlocked salmon and lake trout, among other species. Public boat launch and picnic area.
Third Conn Lake
This pristine mountain lake is located a mile south of the US/Canadian border. It is largely undeveloped and wildlife of all kinds can be spotted here. Anglers fish for rainbow, brook and lake trout, as well as landlocked salmon. There is a boat launch along Route 3.
Fourth Conn Lake
Not really a “lake,” this small spring-fed bog is the headwater of the Connecticut River. The Nature Conservancy maintains a hiking trail around the pond, and anglers can try their luck from various points on this trail. Remote and beautiful.