A Message from the Executive Director

Fishing Regulations New Hampshire Freshwater Fishing

It’s Always Fishing Season

Everywhere you look in our beautiful state you can find opportunities for fishing. New Hampshire has 12,000 miles of rivers and streams and 975 lakes and ponds that offer year round recreation. Your experience can be as diverse as the state itself, from brookies in mountain streams to lake trout in our big lakes to pike and many other species in the Connecticut River, there is something for everyone.

Our hatcheries have been working hard to stock over a million trout as well as landlocked salmon for your fishing enjoyment. Check out locations in the stocking reports or on our mobile-friendly website at fishnh.com. The healthy fisheries we enjoy today are the result of careful management here at Fish and Game dating back to 1865, when the State Legislature established the Commission on Fisheries to reverse the trend of rapidly depleted species around the state. Today opportunities abound.

Whether you’re a seasoned angler, a lapsed fisherman, or someone who has thought about trying fishing but haven’t yet, there is something for everyone. Kids love fishing too. It is a fun pastime and a relatively easy way to get them outside. Children under age 16 fish for free, so it can be affordable too. A good way to get started is to take advantage of our free fishing days, January 19 and June 1 in 2019, when anglers do not need a license to try fishing. Teaching children about fishing, appreciation of the natural world and our beautiful state is an investment in nurturing future conservationists.

Many of you enjoy getting out on the water, and thanks to our Public Boat Access Program, guided by the Public Water Access Advisory Board, or PWAAB, there are more than 140 Fish and Game boat launch sites around the state. Construction and maintenance of these facilities is supported in part by the federal Sport Fish Restoration Program.

So, venture outdoors, enjoy the natural beauty of the Granite State, get some fresh air, and good luck. Above all, be safe. See you on the water!

Glenn Normandeau

Executive Director

N.H. Fish and Game Department

N.H. Fish and Game — Our Mission

As the guardian of the state’s fish, wildlife and marine resources, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department works in partnership with the public to:

  • Conserve, manage and protect these resources and their habitats;
  • Inform and educate the public about these resources; and
  • Provide the public with opportunities to use and appreciate these resources.

The N.H. Fish and Game Department receives Federal Assistance from the US Fish & Wildlife Service, and thus prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, age and sex, pursuant to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975. If you believe you have been discriminated against in any program, activity or service, please contact or write the US Fish & Wildlife Service, Division of Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration, 4001 N. Fairfax Drive, Mail Stop: WSFR – 4020, Arlington, Virginia 22203, Attention: Civil Rights Coordinator for Public Programs.