Squam Speaker Series: Wild Trout Management in NH

Wednesday, April 22, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Our Squam Speaker Series is held once a month on Wednesday evenings. Join us for this month's talk, on Wednesday, April 22nd where the Native Fish Coalition will discuss Wild Trout Management in New Hampshire. New Hampshire has suffered a significant amount of loss regarding wild native brook trout, leaving most lakes, ponds, and rivers in the state all but devoid of such. This is due to development, pollution, habitat degradation, nonnative fish, stocking, and angler exploitation. New Hampshire has the fewest, and lowest percentage, of confirmed intact wild native brook trout subwatersheds in northern New England, and less than Virginia.  From a percentage standpoint, New Hampshire has just over half the intact subwatersheds that Maine and Vermont have. Learn how the Native Fish Coalition is working to change these percentages and ways that you can help native fish species.

About the Speakers:

Justin Hardesty serves on the New Hampshire chapter board of Native Fish Coalition.  He grew to love wild native brook trout when his grandfather brought him to some headwater streams near Rangeley, Maine.  His grandmother devoted her life to protecting vulnerable watersheds, something that stuck with him. Now, Justin lives, works, plays in the White Mountains of New Hampshire where he logs 75+ days pursuing wild native brook trout. He fishes up and down the East coast, pursuing fish out west and chases native fish species in Slovenia.

Jon Zukowski is an angler, writer, fly tier, and wild trout advocate from New Hampshire.  He is the owner of Mountain High Fly in Lincoln, New Hampshire.  Jon has fly-fished for over twenty years and has been tying for the last decade.  Jon is a fly designer for Catch Fly Fishing out of Billings, Montana.  He has fished New York, Vermont, Maine, Rhode Island, Colorado, Alaska, and beyond to find fish.  Finding wild and native species and spending time in their habitat is what Jon enjoys most about fishing. 


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