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NEW HAMPSHIRE • VERMONT

Connecticut River Regulations

For that portion of the river between NH and Vermont. “Connecticut River” means all waters of the river including the bays, set backs and tributaries, only to the first highway bridge crossing said tributaries on the Vermont and New Hampshire sides.

Licenses

All New Hampshire resident and Vermont resident fishing licenses are valid for the taking of fish from the Connecticut River as defined above. All other nonresidents with a NH nonresident fishing license shall only take fish east of the Vermont low water mark while on the Connecticut River.

Season

Open to fishing all year, except no fishing Oct. 16–Dec. 31 from the confluence of the Upper Ammonoosuc River and the Connecticut River in Northumberland, NH, to the northern boundary of the town of Canaan, VT.

Devices

No more than 6 ice fishing devices are allowed. When fishing in open water, no more than 2 lines may be used.

Species Rules

The rules below apply during the open season for fishing.

  • American Shad: Catch-and-release only.
  • Atlantic Salmon: No open season for Atlantic salmon until declared by the Connecticut River Atlantic Salmon Commission.
  • Brook, Brown and Rainbow Trout: The season for taking brook, brown or rainbow trout by all legal methods shall open on January 1 and close October 15.
    • Through open water, the daily limit is 5 fish or 5 pounds (whichever limit is first reached), except the daily limit is 1 fish from the Samuel Moore Dam downstream to the Rte. 18 bridge.
    • Through the ice, the daily limit is 2 fish, except the daily limit is 1 fish from the Samuel Moore Dam downstream to the Rte. 18 bridge.
  • Black Bass (Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass): The daily bag limit for black bass is 2 fish, of which only one may be greater than 16 inches, from January 1 through March 31.
    • The daily limit for black bass from April 1 through May 14 and June 16 to June 30 is 2 fish.
    • Between May 15 and June 15, all black bass shall be immediately released unharmed, at the site of catch, to the waters from which taken.
    • The daily limit for black bass from July 1 through December 31 is 5 fish.
    • During the period beginning May 15 and ending June 15, black bass shall be taken only by artificial lures and flies.
  • Carp: May be taken by any legal method and by bow and arrow with cord attached, in that part of the river beginning at the point on the northern boundary of Grafton County in New Hampshire which is directly opposite the town of Concord, VT, south to the Massachusetts border.
  • Black Crappie, Yellow and White Perch, Sunfish, Horned Pout (Bullhead): The daily bag limit for each species shall be 25 fish and the aggregate daily limit shall not exceed 50 fish.
  • Northern Pike: The daily limit is 1 fish; minimum total length 28 inches.
  • Pickerel: The daily limit is 10 fish.
  • Walleye (Pike Perch): No person shall take walleye 16 to 18 inches; the daily limit is 4 fish, of which only 1 can be larger than 18 inches.

Special Exceptions

From a point 1,600 feet upstream from the bridge in North Stratford upstream to a point 250 feet below the Lyman Falls Dam in North Stratford, and marked by a sign, the following restrictions apply: Fishing shall be permitted by artificial lures and flies only. All lures and flies shall have barbless hooks or shall have all barbs pinched so they will not interfere with removal of the hook from the fish. All fish are to be immediately released unharmed.

Fishways Closed

Vernon Dam in Vernon, Vermont, and Hinsdale, New Hampshire, shall be closed to all fishing to a point 150 feet below the dam. Wilder Dam in Wilder, Vermont, and Lebanon, New Hampshire, shall be closed to all fishing to a point 150 feet below the dam.

NEW HAMPSHIRE • MAINE

Licenses

All New Hampshire and Maine fishing licenses are valid for the taking of fish from NH-Maine interstate waters listed below.

Waters Include:

  • Umbagog Lake in Errol/Cambridge, NH, and Upton, ME (waters of Umbagog Lake include the waters of the Androscoggin River upstream of the Errol Dam, the waters of the Magalloway River within the state of New Hampshire and the waters of the Rapid River upstream to the marker at Cedar Stump in Maine.
  • Province Lake in Effingham/Wakefield, NH, and Parsonsfield, ME.
  • Balch Pond in Wakefield, NH, and Acton/Newfield, ME.
  • Horn Pond in Wakefield, NH, and Acton, ME.—The northern terminus of Horn Pond will be delineated by signage.
  • Great East Lake in Wakefield, NH, and Acton, ME.
  • Milton Watershed in Milton, NH, and Lebanon, ME (Milton Watershed includes all of the Milton Three Ponds—Northeast Pond, Milton Pond and Townhouse Pond, beginning at the dam in Milton to the influx of the Branch River and the Salmon Falls River).
  • Lower Kimball Pond in Chatham, NH, and Fryeburg, ME.
  • Spaulding Pond in Milton, NH, and Lebanon, ME.
  • Salmon Falls River in Wakefield, Milton, Rochester, Somersworth and Rollinsford, NH, and Acton, Berwick and South Berwick, ME, including the upper reach of the Salmon Falls River beginning at the outlet dam of Great East Lake, also known as State Line Canal, to a point downstream marked by signage delineating the northern terminus of Horn Pond.

Open Fishing Seasons

  • Jan. 1 to Mar. 31: Ice fishing—all species except salmon.
  • Apr. 1 to Nov. 30: Open water fishing season, except that in all lakes and ponds between Oct. 1 and Nov. 30, all trout, salmon, lake trout and black bass must be released alive at once.
  • Dec. 1 to Dec. 31: Closed to all fishing.

Dates

Whenever a period of time is named during which an act is permitted or prohibited, both the first and second dates named are included within such period.

Ice Fishing Restrictions (NH • ME)

It is unlawful to:

  • Use more than five (5) lines; except on Great East Lake where no more than two (2) lines can be used.
  • Take, sell or possess for use as bait any of the following fish, dead or living—pickerel, goldfish, yellow perch, white perch, bass, sunfish, crappie, horned pout, carp or any spiny-finned fish;
  • Take salmon or cusk.

Daily Limits

Trout and Lake Trout (togue), except in Umbagog Lake: 5 fish, but not more than 2 lake trout (togue), 2 rainbow trout, 2 brown trout or 2 brook trout.

  • Pickerel: 5 fish.
  • Bass: 1 fish.
  • Smelt:* 2 quarts.
  • Other Species: none.

* Angling is the only legal means of taking smelt in interstate waters and their tributaries, except in the tributaries of Great East Lake where no smelt may be taken.

Minimum Lengths

Fish are measured from the tip of the nose to the tail tip.

  • Lake Trout (togue): 18 inches, except in Great East Lake where the minimum length is 16 inches.
  • Brook Trout: 6 inches, except in Umbagog Lake where the minimum length is 18 inches.
  • Brown and Rainbow Trout: 10 inches in lakes and ponds.
  • Bass: 12 inches.
  • Other Species: No minimum length.

Ice Fishing Shacks

No person who owns any shack or temporary structure used for ice fishing shall place, or allow to be placed, the shack or structure on the ice more than 3 days before the waters on which shack or structure is located are open to ice fishing.

All ice fishing shacks, while on the ice, must have the name and address of the owner on the outside in 2-inch letters.

Ice fishing shacks shall be removed from the ice within 3 days after those waters close to ice fishing.

Exceptions To Ice Fishing Season

  • Salmon Falls River: Closed to ice fishing.
  • Umbagog Lake: The portion of Umbagog Lake north of a straight line between Molls Rock, Errol, New Hampshire and the red post between Spillman and Glassby Coves, Magalloway Plantation, Maine is closed to ice-fishing. The daily limit for brook trout on Umbagog Lake is 1 fish.
  • In the Magalloway River in New Hampshire there shall be no size or bag limit for bass.

Open Water Restrictions (NH • ME)

It is unlawful to:

  • Use more than two (2) lines;
  • Take, sell or possess for use as bait any of the following fish, dead or living—pickerel, goldfish, yellow perch, white perch, bass, sunfish, crappie, horned pout, carp or any spiny finned fish;
  • Take bass with anything other than artificial lures or flies between April 1 and June 20.

Daily Limits

  • Bass: 1 fish from April 1 to June 20 and 3 fish from June 21 to Sept. 30.
  • Lake Trout (togue), Trout and Salmon, except Umbagog Lake: 5 fish, but no more than 2 salmon, 2 lake trout (togue), 2 rainbow trout, 2 brown trout, or 2 brook trout.
  • Pickerel: 5 fish.
  • Other Species: none.
  • Smelt:* 2 quarts.

* Angling is the only legal means of taking smelt in interstate waters and their tributaries, with the following exceptions:

  • Lower Kimball Pond: Dip nets not over 18 inches in diameter shall be permitted between sunset and 12 midnight during the open water season.
  • Tributaries of Great East Lake: No smelt may be taken.

Minimum lengths

Fish are measured from the tip of the nose to the tail tip.

  • Salmon: 14 inches.
  • Lake Trout (togue): 18 inches, except in Great East Lake where the minimum length is 16 inches.
  • Brook Trout: 6 inches, except in Lake Umbagog where the minimum length is 18 inches.
  • Brown and Rainbow Trout: 10 inches in lakes and ponds and 6 inches in rivers and streams.
  • Bass: 12 inches, except from June 21 to Sept. 30 only 1 bass can be greater than 14 inches.
  • Other Species: No minimum length.

Exceptions to Open Water Restrictions

  • Umbagog Lake: The daily limit for brook trout is 1 fish.
  • Salmon Falls River: The open water season will run from January 1 to December 31.
  • In the Magalloway River in New Hampshire there shall be no size or bag limit for bass.

Closed Season (NH•ME)

No fishing in any waters, except Salmon Falls River, from December 1 through December 31.

NEW HAMPSHIRE • MASSACHUSETTS

Licenses

All New Hampshire and Massachusetts fishing licenses are valid for the taking of fish from NH-MA interstate waters listed below.

Waters Include:

  • Bent Pond in Winchester, NH, and Warwick, MA.
  • Long Pond in Pelham, NH, and Dracut, MA.
  • Lake Monomonac in Rindge, NH, and Winchendon, MA.
  • Robbins Pond in Rindge, NH, and Winchendon, MA.
  • Tuxbury Pond in South Hampton, NH, and Amesbury, MA.

Seasons

There are no closed seasons for taking any species, by all legal methods.

Species

For all species: see Lakes and Ponds: General Fishing Rules.

Regulations in red are new this year.

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