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

Fish with articulated streamers below the dams. These areas are ice free and fishable.

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Map of Androscoggin River

Water Flow Data

Tidal Conditions

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby

Lopstick Lodge Outfitters

5-Day Outlook as of 3/17/23

River changes daily with the wild temperature swings. Focus on dam areas and feeder streams

Techniques & Tips as of 3/17/23

Streamer flies are top producers. Use full sink lines to swing streamers in currents below the dams.

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):
I Can See It Midge Fly standard 18-22
Cone Head Muddler Minnow natural 14-18
GD SculpSnack natural 8
Troutmaster Nymph - Hare's Ear natural 12-16
Perdigons black 14-18
MOP Fly various 10
Conehead Rubber Bugger natural 12-16
Freshwater Clouser chartreuse/white 4-10
Zug Bug various 10-16
Humungous black 8-10

I Can See It Midge Fly

These midge flies are just what the optician ordered when it matters most.

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)


Black Caddis. Midges BWO and Isonychia in the afternoon

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