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Below is content from the 2013 guide.

Recreational Saltwater Fishing—Finfish

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Recreational saltwater fishing in New Hampshire provides diverse opportunities. Saltwater anglers can cast a line from boats, bridges, jetties or the beach. Many saltwater fish species are available along the coast and in our rivers and bays. Recreational saltwater fishing in NH now requires a recreational saltwater license. See Recreational Licenses for details.

Below are species that have rules or laws that apply to recreational anglers or spearfishers while fishing in state waters.

Additional regulations apply in federal waters for most of the below-listed species — contact NOAA Fisheries at (978) 281-9315 or nero.noaa.gov/sfd/recfishing directly if you have questions regarding fishing in federal waters.

2013 New Hampshire Recreational Saltwater Fishing Regulations

Species

Closed Season

Minimum Length

Daily Bag Limit

Special Rules

American Eel

No closed season (except surrounding fishways)

6 inches

50 fish per day

Fishway closures apply October 2 – June 14
(see Coastal Harvest Section)

American Plaice*

 

14 inches

 

 

American Shad

 

 

 

All shad must be immediately released

Atlantic Cod*

Nov. 1 – April 15

19 inches

9 fish per day

Head and tail intact, unless fillet is 12 inches minimum

Apr. 1 – June 30

 

 

Gulf of Maine Cod Spawning Protection Area; see Cod Spawning Protection Area map

Atlantic Halibut

 

41 inches

1 fish per trip/vessel

Head and tail intact while on or leaving waters of the state

Atlantic Sea Herring

 

 

 

Federal regulations apply in federal waters

Atlantic Salmon (Sea-run )

 

 

 

All sea-run Atlantic salmon caught on coastal and estuarine waters must be immediately released

Atlantic Wolffish

 

 

Possession is prohibited

 

Bluefin Tuna

 

 

 

Federally managed — follow federal regulations (call 1-888-USA-TUNA) or visit www.hmspermits.gov

Bluefish

 

 

10 fish per day

 

Dogfish, Spiny

 

 

 

Finning prohibited

Haddock*

 

18 inches

 

Head and tail intact, unless fillet is 12 inches minimum

Monkfish

 

17 inches

 

 

Pollock*

 

 

 

19 inches, if taken in federal waters

Rainbow Smelt (Saltwater)

 

 

10 liquid quarts

Head and tail must remain intact

Redfish*

 

9 inches

 

 

River Herring
(Alewife/
Blueback Herring)

Closed sunrise Wednesday – sunrise Thursday

 

See Squamscott River in Special River Restrictions.

See Special River Restrictions and Coastal Harvest Section
Fishing prohibited around fishway closure areas
Oyster and Taylor rivers closed

Salters
(Sea-Run Trout)

No closed season (except Berry Brook)

 

1 fish per day

  • Recreational angling only
  • In Berry Brook: Single-hook artificial lures and flies only; Open only August 16 – March 1, inland of, but not including, the Bracket Road bridge to the beginning of the prominent large rock area upstream. Note: Prominent large rock area to Sagamore Rd Bridge is closed year round
  • In Winnicut River: The salter daily limit applies only downstream of the B&M Railroad bridge

Sharks —
Blue, Porbeagle, Shortfin Mako
and Thresher

 

 

 

  • Porbeagle — recreational fishing in state waters only
  • All sharks — head, fins and tail must remain attached through landing

Striped Bass

 

28 inches

2 fish per day
(only 1 fish larger than 40 inches)

  • Head and tail must remain intact while on or leaving state waters or shores; Gaffing is prohibited; No sale allowed, regardless of origin

Sturgeon

Closed year round

 

Possession is prohibited

 

Summer Flounder*

 

15 inches

 

Recreational angling only; No sale allowed

Winter Flounder*

 

12 inches

8 fish per day

 

Yellowtail Flounder*

 

13 inches

 

 

*All groundfish species that are filleted and skinned must retain at least 2 square inches of contiguous skin intact for identification purposes.

 

Regulations in red are new this year.

Purple text indicates an important note.

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