By far the fish that scared us the most was the round whitefish, Prosopium cylindraceum. Just teetering on the brink of being listed as endangered in the state, this fish is only found in two place in New Hampshire: Newfound Lake and the upper Connecticutt River. But a quest is an obsessive thing and we were determined to go to great lengths to catch our great white whale, uh. . , whitefish. So to Colbrook, NH we went (a 3.5 hour drive away) to where we heard rumors that whitefish lurk in the cool clear pools.
|Colebrook is a welcoming community|
It was a beautiful sunny day with people enjoying the river that is shared by VT and NH.
|These three guys were headed out on a five day float down the Connecticut River. They had no idea where they would camp or end up.|
|A nice looking pool in Colebrook|
Since we had heard that whitefish have very small mouths, we chose a simple #28 hook with a piece of worm threaded on it and just a bit of weight. We caught a few yet unidentified minnows, a young pumpkinseed, and a pesky 12 inch rainbow trout.
|Do you know what kind of minnow this is?|
|Our Great Round Whitefish|
|One of the most beautiful fish in NH|
|Small mouth for a large fish.|
|The snout is perfectly shaped for fitting in to rock crannies and sucking out insect larvae Check out the dark margins on the scales.|
|13.5" of pure greatness|
|She was a female with eggs.|
Stay tuned for the whitefish recipe.