John Viar: (603) 744-5470
March 11, 2020

John LaValley is pictured with his father, Jeffrey, on the left, and his great-grandfather, 94-year-old John LaValley, Jr. of Concord, to the right. While young John placed second in the brown trout kept category for the 2019 Trophy Fish Program, you just cannot argue with these smiles – all three are clearly winners!

New Hampton, NH – The winners of the 2019 New Hampshire Trophy Fish Program were recently announced by John Viar, Region 2 Fisheries Biologist and Trophy Fish Program Coordinator. Award certificates, suitable for framing and signed by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s Executive Director and the Fish and Game Commission Chairman, will soon be distributed to the winners of each species category. A list of all qualifying entries is posted on Fish and Game’s website at

“The Trophy Fish Program is formal recognition for anglers,” Viar noted. “It preserves noteworthy catches, not to mention providing anglers with a few bragging rights. Meanwhile, we receive valuable data about different species and water bodies statewide.”

A total of 55 successful entries were received in 2019 for kept and for released Trophy Fish Program categories, representing fourteen freshwater and one saltwater species.

From a 42-inch northern pike wrestled by Jacques Renaud of Dalton, NH, to a 9-inch pumpkinseed finessed by William Geary of Newmarket, NH, each year Trophy Fish Program entries attest to the wide array of opportunities available in New Hampshire’s lakes, ponds, and rivers.

And young anglers never fail to impress! Nine-year-old John LaValley of Gilmanton Iron Works boated a robust 7 lb., 9.44 oz. brown trout in June.

The only saltwater entry came from Joe Ludlow of Salem, NH, who released a 45-inch striped bass landed off the coast of Rye, NH.

Also congratulations to this year’s lone winner without New England ties — Mr. Richard Schaller from Homosassa, Florida. The brown trout he released back into Ossipee Lake was 26.5 inches long. Of the 55 qualifying entries, 46 were logged by New Hampshire residents.

A listing of all entries, application forms, rules, state records, and winners, including from past years, can be found at