Fishing Season: Year round from Sawmill dam in Berlin to Maine From Berlin points north January 1st to October 15th

Androscoggin River - NH

Fishing Outlook & Conditions

Water Temp:


North Country Angler's Tip of the Week

Dam flows have been lowered. Now is the time to book a float to fish unpressured fish

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Map of Androscoggin River

Water Flow Data

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby

Lopstick Lodge Outfitters

5-Day Outlook as of 9/29/23

Lower flows and early fall temps mean fish will be active. Streamers on sink lines or terrestrials on floating lines will bring fish to hand.

Techniques & Tips as of 9/29/23

Streamers during the day and terrestrials at night.

Local Species Available Year round from Sawmill dam in Berlin to Maine From Berlin points north January 1st to October 15th

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    and Rainbow trout

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    Landlocked Salmon

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    and Small-mouth Bass

North Country Angler's Recommended Fly Patterns

"Must-have" fly fishing patterns in descending order of importance:

Name: Colors: Size(s):
Hopper standard 6-10
Elk Wing Caddis natural 12-18
Quick-Sight™ Beetle natural 10-12
Troutmaster Nymph - Hare's Ear natural 12-16
Rosenbauer Wire Caddis Larva olive 12-14
MOP Fly various 10
Chernobyl Ant natural 6-12
Bead Head Rubber-Legged Orvis CJ black 12-18
Moodah Poodah various 8-12
Humungous black 8-10


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North Country Angler's Recommended Gear

Description: About Androscoggin River

The Androscoggin River emanates from the outlet of Lake Umbagog in Errol NH. From there the river flows south until it hits the White Mountains in Gorham NH. Here the river takes a southeastern course into Maine. The river's upper stretches from Errol to Berlin consist of a mix of fast rapids, long riffles, and slow water. This water contains rainbow, brook and brown trout. Landlocked salmon can also be found, especially close to the northern dams and smallmouth bass are caught in slower stretches. From Berlin New Hampshire to the Maine border the river is a mix of riffles and dry fly glides. The many mountain streams in this stretch provide spawning habitat for a healthy population of wild rainbow trout. Stocked, wild, and holdover browns, brookies and LL salmon can also be found in this water. Dry flies, nymphs and streamers are all important tools to effectively fish the Andro. The upper river is known for it's Alder fly hatch. For the rest of the season streamers and nymphs are your best bets there. The lower river, from Berlin to Maine has dry fly opportunities nearly year round. When fish are not looking up be sure to experiment with streamers, nymphs and swung emergers. The river ranges from an average of 1200 cfs in it's upper stretches to 2,000 cfs in it's lower reaches. While there are stretches that can be waded floating the river from a driftboat or raft will give you many advantages.

Nearest Airport:

Portland Maine (PMW)


Midges Isonychia Caddis

Best Time to Fish:

most comfortable time of day

Best Stretch:

Errol NH to Pontook reservoir and Berlin NH to Gilead ME

Best Access:

Errol dam, Pontook dam, Gorham, Shelburne, Gilead