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Lakes & Ponds: General and Special Rules

Fishing Regulations New Hampshire Freshwater Fishing

General Fishing Rules

General Fishing Rules apply to most lakes and ponds in the state. Follow the seasons, bag limits, length limits, and important notes listed with each species in the chart on the facing page. The taking of brook trout, brown trout, rainbow trout, lake trout, trout hybrids, and salmon between two hours after sunset and one hour before sunrise is prohibited.

Lakes & Ponds with Special Rules

This section has information on lakes and ponds with Special Rules. These waterbodies have rules that may differ from, or be in addition to, the General Fishing Rules for Lakes & Ponds.

Turn to Lakes & Ponds: Special Rules. If you find the waterbody you intend to fish in the table, look to the right for the waterbody’s designation under the “Special Rules” column. It will either be a Lake Trout and/or Salmon Lake, a Fly-Fishing-Only Pond, a Trout Pond, a Wild Trout Pond, or a miscellaneous special regulation water.

This page (see below) has information on season dates, bag limits, length limits and other species information for these special waters.

Interstate Waters:

Lake Trout and/or Salmon Lakes

Several waterbodies are managed for lake trout and/or landlocked salmon, and are open year-round subject to restrictions listed below. For information on bag and length limits for species other than trout and salmon in this waterbody, see Lakes & Ponds: General Rules.

  1. The taking of brook trout, brown trout, rainbow trout, lake trout, trout hybrids, and salmon between two hours after sunset and one hour before sunrise is prohibited.
  2. Minimum Length:
    • Brook trout, rainbow trout, brown trout and their hybrids: 15 inches.
    • Lake Trout: 18 inches
    • Landlocked Salmon: 15 inches.
    • The head and tail must remain intact while on or leaving the waters of the state.
  3. From January 1 to March 31:
    • Fish may be taken by ice fishing only;
    • The combined daily bag limit for all trout species, including lake trout, is 2 fish;
    • Closed to the taking of landlocked salmon (salmon season is from April 1 to September 30);
    • Two (2) ice fishing devices are allowed per person. Single hook with single hook point for bait, or an artificial lure or flies shall be used to take fish through the ice;
    • Six (6) cusk fishing devices may be used to take cusk on approved waterbodies.
  4. From April 1 to September 30:
    • The combined daily limit for lake trout, salmon, brook trout, rainbow trout, brown trout and their hybrids is 2 fish;
    • Open to the taking of all species, except no smelt may be taken from March 15 to June 15.
  5. From October 1 until December 31:
    • Closed to the taking of lake trout, salmon, brook trout, brown trout, rainbow trout and shad (whitefish).
  6. From April 1 through December 31, no person may take fish through the ice, from the ice, or from any object supported by the ice.

Trout Ponds

Designated Trout Ponds are managed for trout, and are open to fishing for all species from the fourth Saturday in April through October 15. Fishing for any species is prohibited from October 16 until the fourth Saturday in April the following year. For information on bag and length limits for species other than trout, see Lakes & Ponds: General Rules.

  1. The taking of brook trout, rainbow trout, brown trout, lake trout, trout hybrids and salmon between two hours after sunset and one hour before sunrise is prohibited.
  2. Trout ponds open on the fourth Saturday in April. Closed to salmon October 1 and to all species October 16.
  3. The daily combined limit for trout is 5 fish or 5 pounds, whichever limit is reached first.
  4. The use or possession of live fish, or their eggs, for bait is prohibited. The use of salmon eggs, however, is permitted.

Fly-Fishing-Only Ponds

All rules listed above for Trout Ponds apply. In addition, fish may be taken only by fly-fishing (fishing by trolling or casting with only fly rod, fly reel, and fly line combination with an artificial fly or cast of artificial flies attached, and does not include the use of spinning, spincast, and casting rods and reels and lead core lines).

Wild Trout Ponds

All rules listed above for Trout Ponds apply, except:

  1. Open season dates are from the fourth Saturday in April through Labor Day;
  2. All fish shall be immediately released;
  3. Only single hook, barbless artificial lures and flies shall be used.

Want Answers About Your Favorite Lake’s Water Quality?

Join the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (DES) Volunteer Lake Assessment Program (VLAP) and find out!

Be a VLAP Volunteer!

Volunteers provide critical water quality data to DES by collecting water samples from lakes that they live near or fish most. This data helps DES to determine if lakes are meeting water quality standards and if lake restoration projects are required.

For more information about your favorite lake or how to join VLAP, contact Sara Steiner, VLAP Coordinator, at (603) 271-2658 or sara.steiner@des.nh.gov.

Water Supply Reservoirs

The waters listed at right are partially or wholly closed to fishing because they are public water supply reservoirs. Contact NHDES Drinking Water and Groundwater Bureau (603-271-7061) for more details.

  • Babbidge Reservoir (Roxbury)
  • Bradley Lake (Andover)
  • Canaan Street Lake (Canaan)
  • Hanover Reservoirs (Hanover)
  • Gilman Pond (Unity)
  • Massabesic Lake (Manchester/Auburn)
  • Penacook Lake (Concord)
  • Rochester Reservoirs (Rochester/Strafford)
  • Round Pond (Barrington)
  • Upper Beech Pond (Wolfeboro)
  • Woodward Pond (Roxbury)

General Fishing Rules for Lakes & Ponds

SPECIES

Season

Bag Limits & Minimum Lengths

Important Notes

Black Bass

(Smallmouth Bass &
Largemouth Bass)

Jan. 1 to March 31 2 fish daily limit; only 1 fish >16 inches. See exceptions for Clement Pond/Joe Silvia Lake, Grassy Pond, Gregg Lake, and Warren Lake.
April 1 to May 14 and
June 16 to June 30
2 fish daily limit; no length limit.
May 15 to June 15 Catch and release only. Artificial lures and flies only.
July 1 to Dec. 31 5 fish daily limit; no length limit.
Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout and their hybrids Open water
(ice-out to ice-in)
5 fish or 5 pounds daily limit, whichever is reached first; no length limit. Many waterbodies with trout have special rules. Designated trout ponds and fly-fishing-only ponds open the fourth Saturday in April and close Oct. 15. Lake Trout and Salmon Lakes are closed to taking trout from Oct. 1 to Dec. 31. Designated wild trout ponds open the fourth Saturday in April through Labor Day.
Through the ice 2 fish daily limit; no length limit. Designated trout ponds are closed to ice fishing.
Lake Trout Jan. 1 to Sept. 30 2 fish daily limit. Minimum length 18 inches. Daily bag limit for lake trout and salmon is 2 fish (2 lake trout, 2 salmon, or 1 of each). Lake Trout and Salmon Lake rules.

Stinson Lake (Rumney) and Tarleton Lake (Piermont) are examples of General Rules Waters that have lake trout.

Landlocked Salmon April 1 to Sept. 30 2 fish daily limit. Minimum length 15 inches. Daily bag limit for lake trout and salmon is 2 fish (2 lake trout, 2 salmon, or 1 of each). Most waterbodies with landlocked salmon are designated as Lake Trout and/or Salmon Lakes. Taking landlocked salmon from Oct. 1 through March 31 is prohibited.
Chain Pickerel No closed season. 10 fish daily limit; no length or weight limits.
Northern Pike No closed season. 1 fish daily limit; minimum length 28 inches.
Walleye No closed season. 2 fish daily limit; minimum length 18 inches; no weight limit.
White and Yellow Perch, Black Crappie, Sunfish, Horned Pout No closed season. 25 fish each species daily limit; no more than 50 fish total combined; no length or weight limits.
Rock Bass No closed season. No daily limits; no length or weight limits.
Carp No closed season. No daily limits; no length or weight limits. In addition to angling and ice fishing, carp may be taken by bow and arrow with a cord attached from the Connecticut River,
Merrimack River and Mascoma Lake.
Cusk No closed season. No daily limits; no length or weight limits. Can be taken by all legal methods (angling, trolling, tip-ups).
For approved cusk fishing device waters.
River Herring Closed to all fishing.
American Shad No closed season. Catch and release only.
Lake Whitefish No closed season. 2 fish daily limit; no length or weight limits.
Round Whitefish Closed to all fishing. All Round Whitefish must be immediately released.
Smelt For smelt angling rules and waterbodies open to the taking of this species by dip net.
Suckers No closed season for angling, ice fishing or traps. No daily limits; no length or weight limits. Suckers may be taken for personal use with two traps, not more than 50 inches long, 30 inches wide, with an opening no smaller than 3½ inches in diameter.
All traps or holding boxes will have the name and address of the owner.
March 1 to May 31 No daily limits; no length or weight limits. Suckers may be taken by hand dip nets not over 18 inches in diameter, drop nets not over 48 inches in diameter, spears or bow and arrow with cord attached. Suckers taken by spear or bow and arrow must not be left in, or adjacent to, the body of water.

WATERBODY

TOWN(s)

ACRES

Waterbody Designation

ADDITIONAL RULES

ACCESS

RESTRICTIONS*

Airport Marsh Whitefield 12 Trout Pond Cartop
Archery Pond Allenstown 1 Trout Pond; Fly-fishing only Daily limit for brook trout is 2 fish Shorebank No boats
Back Lake Pittsburg 348 Trout Pond Ramp 10 MPH speed limit some areas
Barbadoes Pond Dover, Madbury 16 Trout Pond Shorebank
Basin Pond Chatham 40 Trout Pond Cartop No motors
Bear Brook Pond, Big Errol 12 Trout Pond Cartop
Bear Brook Pond, Little Wentworths Location 5 Trout Pond; Fly-fishing only Remote Walk-in
Belknap
Recreation Area Pond (Gunstock)
Gilford 4 Trout Pond Shorebank
Big Brook Bog Pittsburg 36 Trout Pond; Fly-fishing only Remote Walk-in No motors
Black Mountain Pond Sandwich 7 Trout Pond Remote Walk-in No motors
Black Pond Lincoln 5 Trout Pond Remote Walk-in No motors
Blue Pond Madison 7 Trout Pond Remote Walk-in
Bog Pond, Little Odell 34 Trout Pond Cartop
Boundary Pond Pittsburg 20 Trout Pond; Fly-fishing only Remote Walk-in No motors
Bragg Pond Millsfield 14 Trout Pond Remote Walk-in
Butterfield Pond Wilmot 12 Trout Pond Remote Walk-in No motors
Campton Pond (unnamed) Campton 37
  1. This waterbody is open to the taking of all species, except salmon and smelt, January 1 through October 15.
  2. Fishing through the ice, from the ice, or from any object supported by the ice is prohibited.
Shorebank No motors
Carr Pond Clarksville 11 Trout Pond Remote Walk-in No motors
Carter Pond Beans Purchase 1 Trout Pond Remote Walk-in No motors
Center Pond Nelson 31 Trout Pond Ramp No motors
Chapin Pond Newport, Claremont 14 Trout Pond; Fly-fishing only Shorebank
Clarksville Pond Clarksville 22 Trout Pond; Fly-fishing only Cartop No petroleum motors; electric motors limited to trolling speed
Clement Pond
(Joe Sylvia Lake)
Hopkinton 119 From Jan. 1 to March 31, the taking of black bass from 15 to 20 inches in length is prohibited. The daily limit of black bass is 3 fish, of which only one may be longer than 20 inches. Ramp
Clough Pond Loudon 44 Trout Pond Ramp
Cold Spring Pond (Abbott Forest Pond) Stoddard 30 Trout Pond Cartop No motors
Coldrain Pond New Durham 18 Trout Pond; Fly-fishing only Remote Walk-in
Cole Pond Enfield 18 Trout Pond; Fly-fishing only No person shall take brook trout 12 to 16 inches in length. All brook trout 12 to 16 inches shall be immediately released unharmed. The daily limit for brook trout shall be 2 fish, of which only one may be over 16 inches. Remote Walk-in
Connecticut Lake, First Pittsburg 3,071 Lake Trout and/or Salmon There is no minimum length for brook trout, rainbow trout, brown trout, or their hybrids.
Yellow perch cannot be used for bait.From April 1 through September 30, the combined daily limit for lake trout, salmon, brook trout, rainbow trout, brown trout, and their hybrids is 4 fish, of which no more than 2 fish may be lake trout and/or salmon.
Ramp
Connecticut Lake, Second Pittsburg 1,102 Lake Trout and/or Salmon Same as First Connecticut Lake, above. Ramp
Connecticut Lake, Third Pittsburg 231 Lake Trout and/or Salmon Same as First Connecticut Lake, above. Ramp
Connor Pond Ossipee 85 Trout Pond Cartop No petroleum motors; headway speed limit
Conservation Pond Wentworth 3 Trout Pond Remote Walk-in
Conway Lake Eaton 1,316 Lake Trout and/or Salmon The area of the lake that lies within 500 feet of the outlet dam shall be closed to all fishing from Oct. 16 through Dec. 31.

When trolling to take fish:

  1. Only one artificial bait, one fly, one tandem fly or one bait shall be used per rod; and,
  2. Only one hook with a single hook point shall be used with bait.
Ramp No houseboats
Coon Brook Bog Pittsburg 19 Trout Pond; Fly-fishing only Cartop No motors
Corser Pond Errol 5 Trout Pond Remote Walk-in
Cranberry Bog Pond Columbia 4 Trout Pond Remote Walk-in
Dan Hole Pond, Big Tuftonboro, Ossipee 443 Lake Trout and/or Salmon There is no minimum length for brook trout, rainbow trout, brown trout, or their hybrids.
Yellow perch cannot be used for bait.From April 1 through September 30, the combined daily limit for lake trout, salmon, brook trout, rainbow trout, brown trout, and their hybrids is 4 fish, of which no more than 2 fish may be lake trout and/or salmon.
Ramp
(at campground)
Devils Washbowl Odell 5 Trout Pond Remote Walk-in
Diamond Pond, Big Stewartstown 181 Lake Trout and/or Salmon There is no minimum length for brook trout, rainbow trout, brown trout, or their hybrids.
Yellow perch cannot be used for bait.From April 1 through September 30, the combined daily limit for lake trout, salmon, brook trout, rainbow trout, brown trout, and their hybrids is 4 fish, of which no more than 2 fish may be lake trout and/or salmon.
Ramp
Diamond Pond, Little Stewartstown 60 Trout Pond Ramp No motor over 10 HP
Dublin Lake
(Monadnock Pond)
Dublin 240 Trout Pond Ramp 10 MPH speed limit
Dummer Pond, Big Dummer 114 Trout Pond Cartop
Dummer Pond, Little Dummer 31 Trout Pond Cartop
Duncan Lake Ossipee 83 Trout Pond Shorebank 6 MPH speed limit
Dustin Pond Wentworths Location 5 Trout Pond Remote Walk-in
East Inlet Pittsburg 92 Trout Pond Cartop
Echo Lake Franconia 38 Trout Pond Ramp
Ethan (Willey) Pond Bethlehem 6 Wild Trout Pond Remote Walk-in No motors
Exeter Reservoir (Water Works Pond) Exeter 20 Trout Pond Shorebank
Falls Pond Albany 8 Trout Pond Remote Walk-in No motors
Ferrin Pond Weare 18 Trout Pond Shorebank No motors
Flat Mountain Pond Waterville Valley 28 Trout Pond Remote Walk-in No motors
Four Mile Pond Dixs Grant 4 Trout Pond Remote Walk-in
Francis, Lake Pittsburg 1,934 Lake Trout and/or Salmon There is no minimum length for brook trout, rainbow trout, brown trout, or their hybrids.
Yellow perch cannot be used for bait.From April 1 through September 30, the combined daily limit for lake trout, salmon, brook trout, rainbow trout, brown trout, and their hybrids is 4 fish, of which no more than 2 fish may be lake trout and/or salmon.
Ramp
French Pond Henniker 39 Trout Pond Ramp No motors over 5 HP
Gilmore Pond Jaffrey 125 Trout Pond Ramp No wake area
Granite Lake
(Munsonville Pond)
Nelson, Stoddard 238 Lake Trout and/or Salmon There is no minimum length for brook trout, rainbow trout, brown trout, or their hybrids.
Yellow perch cannot be used for bait.From April 1 through September 30, the combined daily limit for lake trout, salmon, brook trout, rainbow trout, brown trout, and their hybrids is 4 fish, of which no more than 2 fish may be lake trout and/or salmon.
Ramp
Grassy Pond Rindge 99 From Jan. 1 to March 31, the taking of black bass from 15 to 20 inches in length is prohibited. The daily limit of black bass is 3 fish, of which only one may be longer than 20 inches. Ramp
Greeley Pond, Upper Livermore 3 Trout Pond Remote Walk-in No motors
Greenough Pond, Big Wentworths Location 234 Lake Trout and/or Salmon When trolling to take fish:

  1. Only one artificial bait, one fly, one tandem fly or one bait shall be used per rod; and,
  2. Only one hook with a single hook point shall be used with bait.
Cartop
Greenough Pond, Little Wentworths Location 42 Wild Trout Pond Cartop
Gregg Lake Antrim 195 From Jan. 1 to March 31, the taking of black bass from 15 to 20 inches in length is prohibited. The daily limit of black bass is 3 fish, of which only one may be longer than 20 inches. Ramp Motors restricted to 150 hp or less
Guinea Pond Sandwich 13 Trout Pond Remote Walk-in No motors
Halfmile Pond Enfield 9 Trout Pond Remote Walk-in
Hall Pond, Lower Sandwich 13 Trout Pond Remote Walk-in No motors
Hall Pond, Middle Sandwich 6 Trout Pond Remote Walk-in No motors
Hall Pond, Upper Sandwich 23 Trout Pond; Fly-fishing only No person shall take brook trout 12 to 16 inches in length. All brook trout 12 to 16 inches shall be immediately released unharmed. The daily limit for brook trout shall be 2 fish, of which only one may be over 16 inches. Cartop No motors
Harris Pond Pittsburg 3 Trout Pond Cartop
Hatch Pond
(Hidden Pond)
Eaton 19 Trout Pond Cartop
Hellgate Pond Second College Grant 2 Trout Pond Remote Walk-in
Hopkins Pond
(Adder Pond)
Andover 27 Trout Pond Ramp No motors
Hot Hole Pond Concord, Loudon 27 Trout Pond Ramp No wake area
Hoyt Pond Madbury 1 Trout Pond; Fly-fishing only Shorebank
Hunkins Pond Sanbornton 16 Trout Pond Cartop No motors
Hunts Pond Hancock 50 Trout Pond Cartop
Jacquith Pond Pittsburg 1 Trout Pond Remote Walk-in
Jericho Lake Berlin 127
  1. This waterbody is open to the taking of all species, except salmon and smelt, all year-round by all legal methods.
  2. The daily limit for northern pike is 3 fish.
  3. The minimum length for northern pike is 20 inches.
Ramp No petroleum motors; Electric motors no greater than 3 HP; 5 MPH speed limit
Jones Pond Middleton 12 Trout Pond; Fly-fishing only The daily limit for brook trout is 2 fish. Remote Walk-in
Judd Pond Clarksville 3 Trout Pond Remote Walk-in
Kiah Pond Sandwich 8 Trout Pond Remote Walk-in No motors
Ledge Pond Madison 14 Trout Pond Remote Walk-in No motors
Lime Pond Columbia 15 Trout Pond; Fly-fishing only No person shall take brook trout 12 to 16 inches in length. All brook trout 12 to 16 inches shall be immediately released unharmed. The daily limit for brook trout shall be 2 fish, of which only one may be over 16 inches. Remote Walk-in
Lonesome Lake Lincoln 12 Trout Pond Remote Walk-in
Long Pond Benton 96 Trout Pond Ramp
Long Pond Eaton 24 Trout Pond Cartop
Long Pond Errol 33 Trout Pond Cartop
Long Pond Lempster 121 Trout Pond Ramp 6 MPH speed limit near islands
Long Pond Millsfield 28 Trout Pond Cartop
Long Pond
(Coniston Lake)
Croydon 130 Trout Pond Ramp
Lucas Pond Northwood 40 Trout Pond Cartop No motors
Merrymeeting Lake New Durham 1,233 Lake Trout and/or Salmon When trolling to take fish:

  1. Only one artificial bait, one fly, one tandem fly or one bait shall be used per rod; and,
  2. Only one hook with a single hook point shall be used with bait.
Ramp
Middle Pond Pittsburg 8 Trout Pond Cartop No motors
Millen Lake Washington 134 Trout Pond Cartop 10 MPH speed limit certain times
Millsfield Pond, Big Millsfield 165 Trout Pond Ramp
Millsfield Pond, Little (Moose Pond) Millsfield 29 Trout Pond; Fly-fishing only Remote Walk-in
Mirror Lake
(Blake Pond)
Dalton, Whitefield 54 Trout Pond Ramp
Moose Falls Flowage Pittsburg 25 Trout Pond Shorebank No motors
Moose Pond Pittsburg 10 Trout Pond; Fly-fishing only Cartop No motors
Morey Pond Andover 7 Trout Pond Cartop
Mount William Pond Weare 32 Trout Pond Ramp No petroleum motors
Mountain Pond Brookfield 12 Trout Pond No person shall take brook trout 12 to 16 inches in length. All brook trout 12 to 16 inches shall be immediately released unharmed into the waters from which taken. The daily limit for brook trout shall be 2 fish, of which only one may be over 16 inches. Only single hook artificial lures and flies shall be used and all hooks shall be barbless or have all barbs pinched. Remote Walk-in
Mountain Pond Chatham 83 Trout Pond Remote Walk-in No motors
Mountain Pond Lyman 6 Trout Pond Remote Walk-in
Mud Pond Easton 4 Trout Pond Remote Walk-in No motors
Munn Pond Errol 45 Trout Pond Remote Walk-in
Nathan Pond Dixville 22 Trout Pond Remote Walk-in
Newfound Lake Alexandria, Bridgewater, Bristol, Hebron 4,450 Lake Trout and/or Salmon The minimum length for lake trout is 15 inches. The area of the lake that lies within 500 feet of the Cockermouth River and Fowler River shall be closed to all fishing from Oct. 16 through Dec. 31.

When trolling to take fish:

  1. Only one artificial bait, one fly, one tandem fly or one bait shall be used per rod; and,
  2. Only one hook with a single hook point shall be used with bait.
Ramp 6 MPH in some areas; Other restrictions
Nubanusit Lake Hancock, Nelson 722 Lake Trout and/or Salmon There is no minimum length for brook trout, rainbow trout, brown trout, or their hybrids.
Yellow perch cannot be used for bait.From April 1 through September 30, the combined daily limit for lake trout, salmon, brook trout, rainbow trout, brown trout, and their hybrids is 4 fish, of which no more than 2 fish may be lake trout and/or salmon.
Ramp
Oliverian Pond Benton 33 Trout Pond Ramp No motors
Orange Pond Orange 24 Trout Pond Shorebank No petroleum motors
Ossipee Lake Freedom, Ossipee 4,024 Lake Trout and/or Salmon The area of the lake that lies within 500 feet of the Bearcamp River shall be closed to all fishing from Oct. 16 through Dec. 31.

When trolling to take fish:

  1. Only one artificial bait, one fly, one tandem fly or one bait shall be used per rod; and,
  2. Only one hook with a single hook point shall be used with bait.
Ramp Headway speed in some areas; Other restrictions
Peaked Hill Pond Thornton 15 Trout Pond Remote Walk-in No motors
Perch Pond Campton 45 Trout Pond Shorebank
Perry Pond Pittsburg 12 Trout Pond; Fly-fishing only Remote Walk-in
Phillips Pond Odell 71 Trout Pond; Fly-fishing only Cartop – subject to gates and bars
Pike Pond Stark 14 Trout Pond Cartop
Pleasant Lake New London 602 Trout Pond Use or possession of rainbow smelt for bait shall be permitted. Ramp
Pond of Safety Randolph 18 Trout Pond Remote Walk-in No motors
Profile Lake Franconia 13 Trout Pond; Fly-fishing only No person shall take brook trout 12 to 16 inches in length. All brook trout 12 to 16 inches shall be immediately released unharmed. The daily limit for brook trout shall be 2 fish, of which only one may be over 16 inches. Cartop
Province Pond Chatham 10 Trout Pond Remote Walk-in No motors
Rand Pond Goshen 48 Trout Pond Ramp 10 HP or less
Rocky Pond Wentworth 20 Trout Pond Remote Walk-in
Round Pond Errol 42 Trout Pond Cartop
Round Pond Pittsburg 59 Trout Pond Cartop
Russell Pond Woodstock 41 Trout Pond Cartop No motors
Saco Lake Carroll 7 Trout Pond; Fly-fishing only Shorebank No motors
Saltmarsh Pond Gilford 40 Trout Pond Ramp Electric motors only; no wake
Sand Pond
(Echo Lake)
Marlow, Lempster 161 Trout Pond Ramp
Sawyer Pond Livermore 40 Trout Pond Remote Walk-in No motors
Sawyer Pond, Little Livermore 11 Trout Pond Remote Walk-in No motors
Scott Bog Pittsburg 88 Trout Pond; Fly-fishing only Cartop No motors
Sessions Pond Dummer 41 Trout Pond Remote Walk-in
Shaw Pond (Shawtown) Freedom 13 Trout Pond; Fly-fishing only No person shall take brook trout 12 to 16 inches in length. All brook trout 12 to 16 inches shall be immediately released unharmed. The daily limit for brook trout shall be 2 fish, of which only one may be over 16 inches. Cartop No petroleum motors
Shehan Flowage Pond Clarksville 19 Trout Pond Remote Walk-in
Shoal Pond Lincoln 5 Wild Trout Pond Remote Walk-in No motors
Signal Pond Errol 5 Trout Pond Remote Walk-in
Silver Lake Madison 969 Lake Trout and/or Salmon When trolling to take fish:

  1. Only one artificial bait, one fly, one tandem fly or one bait shall be used per rod; and,
  2. Only one hook with a single hook point shall be used with bait.
Ramp No houseboats
Silver Lake Nelson, Harrisville 333 Lake Trout and/or Salmon There is no minimum length for brook trout, rainbow trout, brown trout, or their hybrids.
Yellow perch cannot be used for bait.From April 1 through September 30, the combined daily limit for lake trout, salmon, brook trout, rainbow trout, brown trout, and their hybrids is 4 fish, of which no more than 2 fish may be lake trout and/or salmon.
Ramp Headway speed certain times
Simmons Pond Warner 22 Trout Pond Shorebank
Sky Pond New Hampton 14 Trout Pond; Fly-fishing only No person shall take brook trout 12 to 16 inches in length. All brook trout 12 to 16 inches shall be immediately released unharmed. The daily limit for brook trout shall be 2 fish, of which only one may be over 16 inches. Cartop No motors
Smith Pond Washington 28 Trout Pond Ramp
Solitude Lake Newbury 7 Trout Pond Remote Walk-in
South Pond Stark 124 The minimum length for lake trout is 15 inches. Cartop
Spectacle Pond Groton, Hebron 53 Trout Pond Ramp No petroleum motors; 10 MPH speed limit
Spofford Lake Chesterfield 739
  1. The waterbody shall be closed to the taking of all fish October 16 through March 31.
  2. The open season for taking all species except brook trout, brown trout, rainbow trout, trout hybrids and smelt shall be from April 1 through October 15.
  3. The open season for taking brook trout, brown trout, rainbow trout, and trout hybrids shall be the 4th Saturday in April through October 15.
  4. Smelt shall be taken by angling only.
  5. The open season for taking smelt shall be June 16 through October 15.
  6. The daily limit for brook trout, brown trout, rainbow trout, or their hybrids is 2 fish.
  7. The minimum length for brook trout, brown trout, rainbow trout, or their hybrids is 15 inches.
  8. From April 1 through October 15 no person shall take fish through the ice, from the ice or from any object supported by the ice.
Ramp 40 MPH day,
20 MPH night
Spoonwood Pond Nelson 167 Trout Pond Remote Walk-in No petroleum motors
Squam Lake Holderness, Center Harbor, Moultonborough, Sandwich 6,791 Lake Trout and/or Salmon The area of the lake that lies within 500 feet of Barville Brook shall be closed to all fishing from Oct. 16 to Dec. 31.

When trolling to take fish:

  1. Only one artificial bait, one fly, one tandem fly or one bait shall be used per rod; and,
  2. Only one hook with a single hook point shall be used with bait.
Ramp Speed and other restrictions
Squam Lake, Little Ashland, Holderness 454 Lake Trout and/or Salmon When trolling to take fish:

  1. Only one artificial bait, one fly, one tandem fly or one bait shall be used per rod; and,
  2. Only one hook with a single hook point shall be used with bait.
Ramp Speed and other restrictions
Stirrup Iron Pond Salisbury 2 Trout Pond; Fly-fishing only Shorebank
Stone Pond Marlborough, Dublin 76 Trout Pond Ramp
Stonehouse Pond Barrington 13 Trout Pond; Fly-fishing only Cartop No petroleum motors
Stratford Bog Pond Stratford 33 Trout Pond Cartop No petroleum motors
Stub Hill Pond Pittsburg 3 Trout Pond Remote Walk-in
Success Pond Success 282 Trout Pond Ramp
Sunapee Lake New London, Newbury, Sunapee 4,136 Lake Trout and/or Salmon
  1. The area of the lake that lies within 500 feet of Otter Brook shall be closed to all fishing from Oct. 16 to Dec. 31.
  2. All tributaries will be closed to fishing Oct. 16 to May 31.When trolling to take fish:
  1. Only one artificial bait, one fly, one tandem fly or one bait shall be used per rod; and,
  2. Only one hook with a single hook point shall be used with bait.
Ramp Speed and other restrictions
Swains Pond Wentworth 8 Trout Pond Cartop
Swanzey Lake Swanzey 112 Trout Pond Cartop
Sweat Pond Errol 10 Trout Pond Remote Walk-in
Terrill Pond
(West Branch Pond)
Pittsburg 18 Trout Pond; Fly-fishing only Cartop
Three Ponds, Lower Ellsworth, Warren 2 Trout Pond Remote Walk-in No motors
Three Ponds, Middle Ellsworth, Warren 13 Trout Pond Remote Walk-in No motors
Three Ponds, Upper Ellsworth, Warren 11 Trout Pond Remote Walk-in No motors
Trio Pond, Lower 1 & 2 Odell 69 Trout Pond Remote Walk-in
Trio Pond, Upper 3 Odell 20 Trout Pond; Fly-fishing only Remote Walk-in No motors
Trout Pond Lyme 12 Trout Pond Shorebank
Trout Pond (Stacy Pond) Freedom 21 Trout Pond Remote Walk-in
Unknown Pond Pittsburg 6 Trout Pond; Fly-fishing only Remote Walk-in
Wachipauka Pond (Meader Pond) Warren 28 Trout Pond Remote Walk-in No motors
Warren Lake Alstead 186 From Jan. 1 to March 31, the taking of black bass from 15 to 20 inches in length is prohibited. The daily limit of black bass is 3 fish, of which only one may be longer than 20 inches. Ramp
Waukeena Lake (Pleasant Pond) Danbury 56 Trout Pond Ramp No petroleum motors
Waukewan, Lake (Measley Pond) Meredith,
New Hampton
927 The daily limit for brook trout, rainbow trout, brown trout, and their hybrids shall be 2 fish. Ramp Restrictions near intake
Weeks Crossing Pond Warren 5 Trout Pond Cartop No motors
Whitcomb Pond Odell 19 Trout Pond Remote Walk-in
White Pond Ossipee 46 Trout Pond; Fly-fishing only Ramp 6 MPH speed limit
White Pond Wilmot 11 Trout Pond Shorebank No motors
Whittemore Lake Bennington, Greenfield 41 Trout Pond Ramp No motors
Willard Pond Antrim 108 Trout Pond; Fly-fishing only Ramp No petroleum motors
Winnipesaukee, Lake Alton, Gilford, Laconia,
Meredith, Moultonborough,
Tuftonboro, Wolfeboro
44,424 Lake Trout and/or Salmon The areas of the lake that lie within 500 feet of Gunstock River, Poor Farm Brook, Melvin River, Merrymeeting River, Mink Brook, and Smith River, and the lake area of Lake Winnipesaukee 500 feet on either side of the Main Street bridge in Wolfeboro, are closed to all fishing from Oct. 16 to Dec. 31.

The following two areas of the lake are closed to all fishing October 1 through March 31:

  1. the area of Paugus Bay which lies between the railroad trestle at its south end and the Lakeport Dam in Laconia;
  2. the area of open water (the area not normally covered by ice in winter) at Weirs Channel.When trolling to take fish:
  1. Only one artificial bait, one fly, one tandem fly or one bait shall be used per rod; and,
  2. Only one hook with a single hook point shall be used with bait.
Ramp No wake area and speed restrictions
Winnisquam Lake Belmont,
Laconia, Meredith, Sanbornton, Tilton
4,214 Lake Trout and/or Salmon The area of the lake that lies within 500 feet of the Winnipesaukee River shall be closed to all fishing from Oct. 16 to Dec. 31.

When trolling to take fish:

  1. Only one artificial bait, one fly, one tandem fly or one bait shall be used per rod; and,
  2. Only one hook with a single hook point shall be used with bait.
Ramp Speed and other restrictions
Winona Lake Center Harbor, Meredith,
New Hampton
148 The daily limit for brook trout, rainbow trout, brown trout, and their hybrids shall be 2 fish. Ramp
Wright Pond Pittsburg 5 Trout Pond; Fly-fishing only Remote Walk-in