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Rivers & Streams: General and Special Rules

Fishing Regulations New Hampshire Freshwater Fishing

General Fishing Rules

General Fishing Rules for Rivers and Streams apply to most rivers and streams in the state. Follow the seasons, bag limits, length limits, and important notes listed with each species in the chart.

Rivers & Streams with Special Rules

This section has information on rivers and streams with Special Rules. These rivers and streams have rules that may differ from, or be in addition to, General Fishing Rules for Rivers and Streams.

Turn to the Rivers & Streams With Special Rules. If you find the waterbody you intend to fish, look immediately beside it for the rules on season dates, bag limits, length limits and methods of taking.

In instances where special limits, seasons, and methods of taking are not noted for a particular river or stream, the General Fishing Rules for Rivers & Streams apply.

Interstate Waters:

General Fishing Rules for Rivers & Streams

SPECIES

Season

Bag Limits & Minimum Lengths

Important Notes

Black Bass

(Smallmouth Bass & Largemouth Bass)

January 1 to March 31 2 fish daily limit; only 1 fish >16 inches.
April 1 to May 14 and June 16 to June 30 2 fish daily limit.
May 15 to June 15 Catch and release only. Artificial lures and flies only.
July 1 to October 15 5 fish daily limit.
Brook Trout,
Brown Trout,
Rainbow Trout and their hybrids
January 1 to October 15 5 fish or 5 pounds daily limit, whichever is reached first; no length limit. “Brook trout” include Brook, Brown, Rainbow, Golden, Loch Leven trout and all their hybrids.
Lake Trout January 1 to September 30 2 fish daily limit for lake trout and salmon combined (2 lake trout, 2 salmon, or 1 of each); minimum length 18 inches. Combined daily limit applies only during salmon season, April 1 – Sept. 30.
Landlocked Salmon April 1 to September 30 2 fish daily limit for lake trout and salmon combined (2 lake trout, 2 salmon, or 1 of each); minimum length 15 inches. Salmon may not be taken in any water body after September 30 and before April 1. Salmon may not be taken through the ice.
Chain Pickerel January 1 to October 15 10 fish daily limit; no length or weight limits.
Northern Pike January 1 to October 15 1 fish daily limit; minimum length 28 inches.
Walleye January 1 to October 15 2 fish daily limit; minimum length 18 inches; no weight limit. Special regulations in the Connecticut River.
White &
Yellow Perch,
Black Crappie,
Sunfish,
Horned Pout
January 1 to October 15 25 fish each species daily limit; no more than 50 fish total combined; no length or weight limits.
Rock Bass January 1 to October 15 No daily limit; no length or weight limits.
Carp January 1 to October 15 No daily limit; no length or weight limits. Carp may be taken in the Connecticut River, Merrimack River, and Mascoma Lake by bow and arrow with cord attached.
Cusk January 1 to October 15 No daily limit; no length or weight limits.
River Herring Closed to all fishing.
American Shad January 1 to October 15 Catch and release only.
Lake Whitefish January 1 to October 15 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 January 1 to October 15 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.

In general, rivers and streams are CLOSED TO ALL FISHING from Oct. 16 through Dec. 31, unless specified for a particular river in the Rivers and Streams with Special Rules section.

Fishing through the ice, from the ice, or from any object supported by the ice is prohibited unless specified for a particular river in the Rivers and Streams with Special Rules section.

The taking of brook trout, lake trout, trout hybrids and salmon between 2 hours after sunset and 1 hour before sunrise is prohibited, unless otherwise specified.

Waterbody

Town(s)

Section

Special Rules:

Species not listed under this section please refer to General Regulations section for Rivers and Streams in this digest.

Ammonoosuc River Littleton to Bath Apthorp Dam in Littleton to confluence with Connecticut River in Bath Brown trout may be taken any time of day or night during the open season.
Androscoggin River Errol Errol Dam to the markers at the dead water at Bragg Bay Fly-fishing only. Daily limit for brook trout 2 fish; minimum length 12 inches
Androscoggin River Dummer Dummer-Cambridge town line to Pontook Dam No closed season for all species except salmon.* Daily limit of 2 brook trout through the ice.
Androscoggin River Dummer to Berlin Wheeler Bay in Dummer boundary line at 44° 36.9011’N 71° 13.3816’W to 44° 36.9341’N 71°13.4449’W using WGS84 map datum to Sawmill Dam in Berlin Brown trout may be taken any time of day or night during the open season.
Androscoggin River Berlin to Shelburne Sawmill Dam in Berlin to ME/NH boundary No closed season for all species. Single barbless hook, artificial lures/flies. Catch-and-release all species.
Ashuelot River Surry Surry Mountain Reservoir No closed season for all species.* Daily limit of 2 brook trout through the ice.
Ashuelot River, South Branch Troy to Swanzey Marlborough Road bridge in Troy to Richmond Road bridge in East Swanzey Fly-fishing only. Daily limit for brook trout 2 fish; minimum length 12 inches.
Bellamy River Madbury Bellamy Reservoir No closed season for all species.* Daily limit of 2 brook trout through the ice.
Blackwater River Salisbury to Andover The Bays and Cilleyville Bog No closed season for all species.* Daily limit of 2 brook trout through the ice.
Carroll Stream Whitefield to Carroll Upstream of its confluence with Airport Pond in Whitefield Jan. 1 – Labor Day season. Catch-and-release, single barbless hook artificial lures/flies. Managed for wild trout.
Cocheco River Rochester to Dover Watson Road dam downstream to head of tide No closed season for all species.* Oct. 16 to 4th Sat. in April – Catch-and-release, single barbless hook, artificial lures/flies.
4th Sat. in April to Oct. 15 – Daily limit for brook trout 5 fish or
5 lbs., all legal methods.
Connecticut River Pittsburg Dam at Second CT Lake to upstream side of logging bridge on Magalloway Road Fly-fishing only, catch-and-release for all species.
Connecticut River Pittsburg Magalloway Rd bridge to inlet at Green’s Point on First CT Lake Fly-fishing only. Daily limit for brook trout is 2 fish.
Connecticut River Pittsburg First CT Lake dam to the signs on Lake Francis Fly-fishing only. Daily limit for brook trout is 2 fish; minimum length 12 inches.
Connecticut River Pittsburg Murphy Dam to NH/VT border Jan. 1 to March 31: Catch-and-release, single barbless hook, artificial lures/flies. April 1 to Oct. 15: Daily limit for brook trout 5 fish or 5 lbs. All legal methods.
Connecticut River
Contoocook River Rindge to Henniker Contoocook Lake downstream to area marked with signs and wire in West Henniker No closed season for all species.* Daily limit of 2 brook trout through the ice.
Contoocook River Henniker From 2,500 ft. above former paper mill dam in West Henniker, marked by signs and wire, upstream 1 mile to a point marked by signs and wire Jan. 1 through Nov. 30 season. Single hook artificial lures/flies. Daily limit for brook trout is 2 fish; minimum length 12 inches.
Contoocook River Henniker to Concord From 2,500 ft. above former paper mill dam in West Henniker, to confluence with Merrimack River No closed season for all species.* Daily limit of 2 brook trout through the ice.
Dead Diamond River Second College Grant From confluence of Swift Diamond River downstream to Magalloway River Jan. 1 through Sept. 30 season. Single barbless hook, artificial lures/flies. Catch-and-release for trout. No limits for black bass
Dead Diamond River Second College Grant Headwaters to confluence with Swift Diamond River Jan. 1 to Sept. 30 season. Daily limit of 5 brook trout or 5 lbs. All legal methods.
Ellis River Jackson From the covered bridge in Jackson to Iron Railroad Bridge in Glen Fly-fishing only. Daily limit for brook trout is 2 fish
Exeter River Brentwood to Exeter Downstream side of the Cross Road bridge to Route 111 bridge No closed season for all species.* Oct. 16 to 4th Saturday in April: Catch-and-release, single barbless hook, artificial lures/flies. 4th Saturday in April through Oct. 15: Daily limit for brook trout 5 fish or 5 lbs. All legal methods.
Exeter River Sandown to Exeter From Route 121-A to the Pickpocket Dam and from Route 111 to the Squamscott River No closed season for all species.* Daily limit of 2 brook trout through the ice. Closed to all fishing from the upstream side of the Pickpocket Dam and fishway including a 50 foot radius in front of the fishway on the upstream side to the downstream side of the Cross Road Bridge in the towns of Brentwood and Exeter
Flints Brook Hollis All sections Jan. 1 – Labor Day season. Catch-and-release, single barbless hook artificial lures/flies. Managed for wild trout.
Gulf Brook Chesterfield All sections Jan. 1 – Labor Day season. Catch-and-release, single barbless hook artificial lures/flies. Managed for wild trout.
Isinglass River Barrington to Rochester From Route 125 bridge downstream to confluence with Cocheco River No closed season for all species.* Oct. 16 to 4th Saturday in April: Catch-and-release, single barbless hook, artificial lures/flies. 4th Saturday in April through Oct. 15: Daily limit for brook trout 5 fish or 5 lbs. All legal methods.
Lamb Valley Brook Second College Grant All sections Jan. 1 – Labor Day season. Catch-and-release, single barbless hook artificial lures/flies. Managed for wild trout.
Lamprey River Raymond to Durham Raymond/Deerfield town line to Wiswall Dam No closed season for all species.* Daily limit of 2 brook trout through the ice.
Lamprey River Durham Wiswall Dam to first railroad trestle downstream of Packers Falls No closed season for all species.* Oct. 16 to 4th Saturday in April: Catch-and-release, single barbless hook, artificial lures/flies. 4th Saturday in April through Oct. 15: Daily limit for brook trout 5 fish or 5 lbs. All legal methods.
Lamprey River Durham Wiswall Dam area Closed to all fishing 200 feet below Wiswall Dam between April 1 and July 31. Closed to all fishing in the waters 50 feet above the Wiswall Dam year round.
Long Mountain Brook Odell to Stratford All sections Jan. 1 – Labor Day season. Catch-and-release, single barbless hook artificial lures/flies. Managed for wild trout.
Loomis Valley Brook Second College Grant All sections Jan. 1 – Labor Day season. Catch-and-release, single barbless hook artificial lures/flies. Managed for wild trout.
Lost River Woodstock From 100 ft. above parking area entrance bridge to 100 ft below last footbridge in Lost River Gorge Closed to all fishing
Lyman Brook Columbia From headwaters to the upper bridge on Meriden Hill Road in Columbia Jan. 1 – Labor Day season. Catch-and-release, single barbless hook artificial lures/flies. Managed for wild trout.
Magalloway River Second College Grant, Wentworth Location, Errol NH sections downstream to boundary line at 44.795602°N -071.062732°W to 44.795602°N -071.061793°W using WGS84 map datum Jan. 1 through Sept. 30 season. Single barbless hook, artificial lures/flies Catch-and-release for trout. No limits for black bass.
Mascoma River Enfield to Lebanon From Route 4 bridge south of Mascoma Lake Dam downstream to the covered bridge. Fly-fishing only. Daily limit for brook trout is 2 fish.
Meadow Brook Sharon All sections Jan. 1 – Labor Day season. Catch-and-release, single barbless hook artificial lures/flies. Managed for wild trout.
Merrimack River Franklin to Mass. border (except closed sections) All sections No closed season for all species except salmon.* Daily limit of 2 brook trout through the ice. From Garvins Falls Dam downstream to the NH/Mass. border, all salmon caught shall be immediately released.
Merrymeeting River New Durham Merrymeeting Lake Dam to 200 ft below Powder Mill Hatchery Closed to all fishing
Merrymeeting River New Durham to Alton From 200 ft. below Powder Mill Hatchery to lower dam at Alton No closed season for all species except salmon.* Daily limit of 2 brook trout through the ice
Merrymeeting River Alton From lower dam at Alton to Route 11 bridge at Alton Bay Jan. 1 – June 15 and Oct. 1-31 fly-fishing only, barbless hooks, catch-and-release. June 16 – Sept. 30 combined daily limit for trout and salmon is 2 fish, minimum length 15 inches, minimum length for lake trout 18 inches
Nashua River Hollis to Nashua From MA/NH border to Mine Falls Dam in Nashua No closed season for all species except salmon.* Daily limit of 2 brook trout through the ice
Nashua River Nashua Jackson Mills Dam 200 ft. above to 200 ft. below Closed to all fishing
Nashua River Nashua Mines Falls Dam to 200 ft. below Closed to all fishing
Nashua River Nashua Below Mine Falls Dam to confluence with Merrimack River No closed season for all species.* Daily limit of 2 brook trout through the ice. All salmon caught shall be immediately released
Newfound River Bristol Area between West Shore Road and dam adjacent to Crescent St Jan. 1 – October 31 season, fly-fishing only. Jan. 1 – March 31: daily limit for trout is 2 fish and all salmon immediately released; April 1 – Sept. 30: combined daily limit for trout/salmon is 2 fish, minimum length for salmon and lake trout is 15 inches. Oct. 1-31: barbless hooks only, catch-and-release all fish
Pemigewasset River Headwaters to Bristol Headwaters to Route 104 bridge in Bristol This waterbody, and its tributaries to the first upstream dam, shall be closed to the taking of salmon
Pemigewasset River Bristol From Route 104 bridge to Ayers Island Dam No closed season for all species except salmon.* Daily limit of 2 brook trout through the ice
Pemigewasset River Bristol From Ayers Island Dam 300 ft. downstream Closed to all fishing
Pemigewasset River Bristol to Franklin From 300 ft. below Ayers Island Dam to the Eastman Falls Dam in Franklin No closed season for all species except salmon.* Daily limit of 2 brook trout through the ice
Pemigewasset River Franklin From Eastman Falls Dam 150 ft. downstream Closed to all fishing
Pemigewasset River Franklin From 150 ft. below Eastman Falls Dam to the confluence of Winnipesaukee River No closed season for all species except salmon.* Daily limit of 2 brook trout through the ice
Perry Stream Pittsburg Happy Corner Bridge to Connecticut River Fly-fishing only. Daily limit for brook trout is 2 fish
Piscataquog River Goffstown Howe Bridge to Glen Lake No closed season for all species.* Daily limit of 2 brook trout through the ice
Piscataquog Manchester River From Kellys Falls Dam to confluence with the Merrimack River No closed season for all species.* Daily limit of 2 brook trout through the ice. All salmon caught shall be immediately released
Piscataquog River, South Branch New Boston From 300 ft. upstream of the bridge located at 42° 57.447’N 71° 42.494’W using WGS84 map datum on Lyndeboro Road downstream to the first bridge on Route 13 in New Boston October 16 – June 15: Catch-and-release, single barbless hook artificial lures/flies. June 16 – October 15: Daily limit for brook trout is 5 fish or 5 lbs.
Pond Brook Odell to Stratford All sections Jan. 1 – Labor Day season. Catch-and-release, single barbless hook artificial lures/flies. Managed for wild trout.
Powwow River Kingston All sections No closed season for all species.* Daily limit of 2 brook trout through the ice.
Saco River Conway Lucy Brook downstream to confluence with Artist Falls Brook Fly-fishing only. Daily limit for brook trout is 2 fish.
Saco River Hart’s Location Crawford Notch State Park dam at Willey House historical site upstream to where Saco River enters Willey Pond Closed to all fishing except children 12 and under
Sand Brook Hillsborough All sections Jan. 1 – Labor Day season. Catch-and-release, single barbless hook artificial lures/flies. Managed for wild trout.
Soucook River Loudon to Pembroke From Loudon Village Dam to confluence with the Merrimack River No closed season for all species.* Daily limit of 2 brook trout through the ice. All salmon caught shall be immediately released.
Souhegan River New Ispwich to Wilton From 300 ft upstream of green bridge on Old Wilton Road in Greenville to 300 ft downstream of Route 31 bridge in Wilton October 16 – June 15: Catch-and-release, single barbless hook artificial lures/flies. June 16 – October 15: Daily limit for brook trout is 5 fish or 5 lbs. All salmon caught shall be immediately released.
Souhegan River New Ipswich to Merrimack All sections All salmon caught shall be immediately released.
Sucker Brook Auburn From dam in Auburn Village downstream to Lake Massabesic No closed season for all species.* Daily limit of 2 brook trout through the ice
Sugar River Newport Kellyville Bridge to the so-called Oak Street Bridge Jan. 1 – Nov. 30 season. Fly-fishing only. Daily limit for brook trout is 2 fish.
Suncook River Barnstead to Allenstown/Pembroke From Route 126 bridge in Barnstead downstream to China Mill Dam in Allenstown/Pembroke No closed season for all species.* Daily limit of 2 brook trout through the ice.
Suncook River Allenstown/Pembroke From China Mill Dam down to confluence with the Merrimack River No closed season for all species.* Daily limit of 2 brook trout through the ice. All salmon caught shall be immediately released.
Swift River Sandwich to Tamworth From Route 113A bridge downstream to Route 113 bridge Fly-fishing only. Daily limit for brook trout is 2 fish.
Swift Diamond River Dixville to Second College Grant Headwaters downstream to confluence with Dead Diamond River Jan. 1 – Sept. 30 season
Taylor River Hampton Falls West of Route 95 No closed season for all species.* Daily limit of 2 brook trout through the ice
Turkey River Concord All sections No closed season for all species.* Daily limit of 2 brook trout through the ice
West Branch Mohawk River Colebrook All sections Jan. 1 – Labor Day season. Catch-and-release, single barbless hook artificial lures/flies. Managed for wild trout.
Winnipesaukee River Laconia to Tilton From dam at Paugus Bay to 500 ft downstream and Messer Street bridge downstream to Dixon Point; and from old Union Bridge abutment in Tilton/Belmont downstream to a point 1000 ft below Lochmere Dam April 1 – Sept. 30 season
Winnipesaukee River Franklin From Franklin Falls Dam to confluence with Merrimack River No closed season for all species except salmon.* Daily limit of 2 brook trout through the ice
Witches Spring Brook Hollis All sections Jan. 1 – Labor Day season. Catch-and-release, single barbless hook artificial lures/flies. Managed for wild trout.