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A Message from the Executive Director

Fishing Regulations New Hampshire Freshwater Fishing

There Is Something for Everyone

We are very fortunate to live in such a beautiful state that includes nearly 1,000 fishable lakes and 12,000 miles of rivers and streams. Whether you are an expert or a novice, prefer warm weather or ice fishing, fishing from a boat or from shore, or even whether you like freshwater or saltwater, there is truly something for everyone when it comes to fishing in New Hampshire.

Whether you’re a seasoned angler, a lapsed fisherman, or someone who has thought about trying fishing but haven’t yet, why not make this the year to do something new. Take a child out fishing and pass the sport on to a new generation—children under 16 fish for free. Try a river instead of a lake—some important work has been happening on stream restoration around the state. Invest in some new gear—and while you’re at it, turn in your old lead tackle through the Fish Lead-Free Program www.fishnh.com/fishing/get-the-lead-out.html.

Don’t forget our free fishing days on January 18 and June 6 in 2020, when anglers do not need a license to try fishing. Teaching children about fishing, appreciation of the natural world, and our environment is an investment that will reap immeasurable rewards.

Our hatchery staff have had another busy year 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.

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.

Have fun and, most importantly, be safe. See you out there!

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.