Great East Lake Fishing Report


14 pound Trout caught by Conrad Eleckna on June 26th, 2004 in the Narrows. -Nancy Callen

Great East Lake has an area of 1768 acres, with a maximum depth of 102 feet.  The surface temperature is 80 degrees F., while the temperature 97 feet below the surface is 51 degrees F.

There are 15 varieties of fish in the lake; brook trout, brown trout, lake trout, rainbow trout, chain pickerel, crappie, large mouth bass, small mouth bass, smelt, yellow perch, white perch, sun fish, white sucker, hornpout, and minnows.

The lake has a large volume of cold, well-oxygenated water and rocky shorelines, and is well suited for lake trout.  Lake trout (touge), introduced in 1956, have become established and have grown very well over the years.  Unlike salmon and most other trout, lake trout do not need tributary streams for spawning, but select rocky shoals and broadcast their eggs over the rubble bottom.  Great East Lake lacks suitable salmon and trout spawning tributaries.

Over the last several years, the State of New Hampshire has had control of the stocking of fish in Great East Lake and has been stocking rainbow trout into the lake.  In 2003 they stocked 1150 yearling+ rainbows trout. In 2005 the stocking was done in three phases, 1000 on April 18, 1000 on April 26 and 1000 on June 28. The New Hampshire Fish and Game, who are in charge of stocking the lake, will be planting some smelt eggs next spring to increase the smelt population, which are bait fish for the larger fish.

Attention Fishermen!
Bob Chooljian reports that Great East was stocked by the State of New Hampshire with rainbow trout during the week of April 15-19 2013. No numbers have been released at this time. In 2012, NH stocked 1150 rainbow trout in the lake.

In past years, the State of Maine has stocked brook trout.
For more info, contact BOB CHOOLJIAN  

Fish and Wildlife Links: (NH) (MAINE)

About the Watershed Survey

 We are pleased to announce that the Great East Lake 2021 Watershed Report is finished and
available as a PDF link below. Many thanks to Jon Balanoff, the AWWA Executive Director, for
his perseverance in seeing the project through to this point.
We all know that our lake is very clear and clean, but the challenge before us is to keep it that
way for future generations. The survey identified many sites throughout the watershed that
threaten its present condition. Here is a quick summary of the findings:

           -25 sites were identified as having a high impact on water quality
           -97 sites were identified with medium impact
           -101 sites were identified with low impact

Of these 200+ sites, about half of them require no-cost or low-cost remediation. The other half
are more involved, more technically challenging, and will have a greater expense associated with
them. Please keep in mind that AWWA’s Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) is available to assist
with remediation projects and property owners need only pay the cost for materials, not labor.

Letters and emails have been sent to all participating members informing them if erosion issues
were found on their property or not. If issues were found, members were provided with details
of the findings and suggested remediation methods.

If you do not receive a letter or email and would like to inquire about findings on your property
you can send your request to either the GELIA Watershed Committee email or the AWWA email
address listed below to request that information. Please provide your name, the property
owner’s name and the property address in your request.

We urge all property owners to read the report as it’s filled with useful information, helpful
remediation options and best practices for all kinds of issues. We also want to stress the
importance of addressing issues promptly should any be identified on your property.
Thank you again to all those who assisted with this survey and thanks to everyone for helping to
keep our lake as clean, clear and beautiful as we possibly can.