Greetings, anglers! With 12,000 miles of rivers and streams and 975 lakes and ponds in New Hampshire, you are never far from great fishing—and the relaxation and great scenery that go with it.
Angling adventures here are as diverse as the state itself. You can target native brookies in our mountain streams, bring in a big bass or laker in the Lakes Region, or head for the mighty Connecticut River, with a dozen or more different species of fish.
We keep things exciting by stocking more than a million rainbow, brook and brown trout every year for your fishing pleasure. Check out locations in the stocking reports on our website at fishnh.com. Trout get a lot of the limelight, but New Hampshire’s strong warmwater fisheries, from bass, pike and pickerel to perch, pumpkinseeds and crappie, offer action-packed adventure as well.
I still get out on the water as often as I can—or on the ice, depending on the season. If you’ve never tried ice fishing, maybe this is your year. Check Ice Fishing for the basic rules and gear.
If you can, do take a youngster along. Kids love to fish, and there’s no better way for families to spend time together outdoors. Children under age 16 fish free, so it can be an affordable pastime, too.
With the 2014 license year, New Hampshire fishing licenses are being issued electronically (generated by computer and printed on paper). A $2 transaction fee will be charged per license form to pay the vendor. The new system should streamline your license-buying experience and will give Fish and Game faster access to data. Thanks for your patience as we make this important transition.
Another change on the horizon is for our brood stock salmon fishery. The US Fish and Wildlife Service is ending its Atlantic salmon restoration effort in the Merrimack River. As a consequence, while we expect existing brood stock salmon will be stocked in the spring of 2014, we’re not likely to be offering this program in future years. So get out and enjoy it this spring!
Have a great time fishing the Granite State!
NH Fish and Game Department
Regulations in red are new this year.
Purple text indicates an important note.