New Hampshire Fishing

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Number of Fish Species (fresh):  58

Number of Fish Species (salt):  252

State Sportfish (fresh):  Brook Trout

State Sportfish (salt):  Striped Bass

Notable Records:  a 9lb brook trout from Pleasant Lake, a 21lb bluefish from Great Bay, a 13.6oz. pumpkinseed from Lake Winnipesaukee, a 60lb striper from Great Bay

Fishing Regs:  For freshwater regulations right click, save as here (NH freshwater regs) or go to the website here.  For saltwater regulations right click, save as here (NH saltwater regs) or go to the website here.

Fishing License Info:  

  Freshwater       Saltwater  
  Residents Non-Resident     Residents Non-Resident
Annual $35.00 $53.00   Annual $11.00 $11.00
1-day $10.00 $15.00        
3-day N/A $28.00        
7-day N/A $35.00        

For complete license info. click here.

Quickcast:  New Hampshire is not “New” to fishing.  There’s plenty of freshwater to keep flycasters busy and enough ocean for everyone.  In the “North Country” fishermen will find rivers like the Androscoggin where one can find landlocked salmon, rainbows, brook trout, browns, smallmouth bass and perch.  In the central part of the state one will find the “Lakes Region” which will include bodies of water like Winnipesaukee and Winnisquam as well as Sunapee and Newfound Lake.  Lake Winnipesaukee is a pretty well-known lake and is fished for landlocked salmon, lake trout, largemouth and smallmouth bass, brown bullhead, cusk, chain pickerel, pumpkinseed, brook trout, rainbows, yellow perch and lake whitefish.  Surrounding lakes like Sunapee will contain a similar suite of fish species.  Bordering the Western edge of the state is the Connecticut River where fishermen will target a large range of fish like smallmouth bass, landlocked salmon, brookies, rainbows, carp, striped bass, brown trout, catfish species and the American eel.  Another well-known and fished river is the Merrimack River to the South.  This river is the second largest in New England and will often yield smallmouth and largemouth bass as well as rainbow trout and brook trout.

Offshore fishing in New Hampshire offers some pretty respectable striper fishing as well as flounder, tautog, and black seabass.  Additionally, seacoast New Hampshire will produce cod, haddock, pollock, flounder, tuna and a host of shark species.