Black CrappieHorn PoutLarge Mouth BassSmall Mouth BassPickerelPumpkin Seed SunfishYellow Perch
Balch has both warm water and cold water game fish in the lake including smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, black crappie, pickerel, horned pout, and yellow perch. Fishing tournaments and derbies are common - three to five events a year. Check at Dick's Marina, 603-522-5085.
You can launch at Dick's Marina for a fee ($5 to launch, $5 to park). There are no public launches or state owned access sites. Most access to Balch is private.
In 1997, 16 dead adult loons were found in NH, having died from ingesting lead sinkers and jigs. Recovered from the gizzards of loons were lead sinkers averaging 1/2 inch (maximum size 1 inch), and lead-headed jigs - specialized hooks with lead just below the eye of the hook. Lead also kills swans, cranes, and other waterbirds.
Non-lead sinkers can be made of non-poisonous materials such as tin, bismuth, steel, and recycled glass. Ask at your local sporting goods store.
It's now illegal to transport ANY aquatic plant on the outside of your boat trailer or any vehicle.