North of Conway in the scenic Mt Washington valley, the Saco River is lesser well-known but has good fly fishing opportunities. The Saco River starts at Saco Lake in Crawford Notch and runs all the way to the Atlantic Ocean. It is well-stocked, and known for brook trout and rainbow trout. The main fishing section is from Lucy Brook confluence heading downstream to the Artist Falls Brook confluence and has big browns and rainbow trout in deep pools. Note: there is a daily limit of two brook trout. The best fishing is either early or late season since the river heats up.
There is no fishing permitted in the section from Crawford Notch State Park dam to upstream to where the river enters Willey Pond.
This river is managed by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department for trout fishing.