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Rivers & Streams with Special Rules

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TOWN(s)

SECTION

SPECIES

SEASON

METHODS

TROUT Rules

OTHER SPECIAL RULES

Alder Brook

Second College Grant

All sections

EBT

Jan 1 through Labor Day

Single barbless hook, artificial lures/flies

Catch-and-release

Managed for wild trout

Ammonoosuc River

Littleton to Bath

Apthorp Dam in Littleton to confluence with Connecticut River in Bath

EBT, RT, BT

Jan 1 through Oct 15

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

EBT, RT, BT, LLS, SMB, ECP, HP

Jan 1 through Oct 15

Fly-fishing only

Daily limit for brook trout 2 fish; minimum length 12 inches

Androscoggin River

Dummer

Dummer-Cambridge town line to Pontook Dam

EBT, RT, BT, LLS, SMB, ECP, HP

No closed season for all species except salmon
and smelt*

Daily limit of 2 brook trout through the ice

Androscoggin River

Dummer to Berlin

Wheeler Bay in Dummer to Sawmill Dam in Berlin

EBT, RT, BT, LLS, SMB, ECP, HP

Jan 1 through Oct 15

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

EBT, RT, BT, LLS, SMB, ECP, HP

No closed season for all species

Single barbless hook, artificial lures/flies

Catch-and-release

No bag limits for black bass

Ashuelot River

Surry

Surry Mountain Reservoir

RT, BT, SMB, LMB, ECP, HP, BC

No closed season for all species except salmon
and smelt*

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

EBT, BT

Jan 1 through Oct 15

Fly-fishing only

Daily limit for brook trout 2 fish

Bellamy River

Madbury

Bellamy Reservoir

EBT, RT, LMB, ECP, HP, BC

No closed season for all species except salmon
and smelt*

Daily limit of 2 brook trout through the ice

Blackwater River

Salisbury to Andover

The Bays and Cilleyville Bog

RT, BT

No closed season for all species except salmon
and smelt*

Daily limit of 2 brook trout through the ice

Carroll Stream

Whitefield to Carroll

Upstream of its confluence with Airport Pond in Whitefield

EBT

Jan 1 through Labor Day

Single barbless hook, artificial lures/flies

Catch-and-release

Managed for wild trout

Cocheco River

Rochester to Dover

Watson Road dam downstream to head of tide

EBT, BT, RT, SMB, ECP

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.

No closed season for all species except salmon and smelt

Connecticut River

Pittsburg

Dam at Second Ct Lake to upstream side of logging bridge on Magalloway Road

EBT, LLS

Jan 1 through Oct 15

Fly-fishing only

Catch-and-Release

Connecticut River

Pittsburg

From Magalloway Rd bridge to inlet at Green Point on First Ct Lake

EBT, LLS

Jan 1 through Oct 15

Fly-fishing only

Daily limit for brook trout is 2 fish

Connecticut River

Pittsburg

First CT Lake dam to the signs on Lake Francis

EBT, RT, BT, LLS

Jan 1 through Oct 15

Fly-fishing only

Daily limit for brook trout is 2 fish; minimum length 12 inches

Connecticut River

See NH-VT Interstate Rules.

Contoocook River

Rindge to Henniker

Contoocook Lake downstream to area marked with signs and wire in West Henniker

EBT, RT, BT, SMB, LMB, ECP, HP, WP, BC, BG

No closed season for all species except salmon
and smelt*

Daily limit of 2 brook trout through the ice

Contoocook River

Henniker

From 2500 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

EBT, RT, BT, SMB, LMB, ECP, HP, WP, BC, BG

Jan 1 through Nov 30

Flies and single hook artificial lures with no more than 3 points

Daily limit for brook trout is 2 fish; minimum length 12 inches

Contoocook River

Henniker

From 2500 ft above former paper mill dam in West Henniker, to confluence with Merrimack River

EBT, RT, BT, SMB, LMB, ECP, HP, WP, WLE, BC, BG

No closed season for all species except salmon
and smelt*

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

EBT, SMB

No closed season for all species

Single barbless hook, artificial lures/flies

Catch-and-release

No limits for black bass

Ellis River

Jackson

From the covered bridge in Jackson to Iron Railroad Bridge in Glen

EBT, RT

Jan 1 through Oct 15

Fly-fishing only

Daily limit for brook trout is 2 fish

Exeter River

Sandown to Exeter

From Route 121-A to the Squamscott River

EBT, RT, BT, BC, LMB, ECP

No closed season for all species except salmon
and smelt*

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 Roads Bridge in the towns of Brentwood and Exeter

Flints Brook

Hollis

All sections

EBT

Jan 1 through Labor Day

Single barbless hook, artificial lures/flies

Catch-and-release

Managed for wild trout

Gulf Brook

Chesterfield

All sections

EBT

Jan 1 through Labor Day

Single barbless hook, artificial lures/flies

Catch-and-release

Managed for wild trout

Isinglass River

Barrington to Rochester

From Route 125 bridge downstream to confluence with Cocheco River

EBT, RT

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.

No closed season for all species except salmon and smelt

Lamb Valley Brook

Second College Grant

All sections

EBT

Jan 1 through Labor Day

Single barbless hook, artificial lures/flies

Catch-and-release

Managed for wild trout

Lamprey River

Raymond to Durham

Raymond/Deerfield town line to Wiswall Dam

EBT, RT, BT, LLS, LMB, SMB, ECP

No closed season for all species except salmon
and smelt*

Daily limit of 2 brook trout through the ice

Lamprey River

Durham

Wiswall Dam to first railroad trestle downstream of Packers Falls

EBT, RT, BT, LMB, SMB, ECP, BG, BC

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.

No closed season for all species except salmon and smelt

Lamprey River

Durham

Wiswall Dam area

A proposal to close the area around the new fish ladder may become effective in Spring 2012. Contact Region #3 at 603-868-1095 for details.

Lamprey River

Durham to Newmarket

From first railroad trestle downstream of Packers Falls to head of tide

EBT, RT, BT, LMB, SMP, ECP, BG, BC

No closed season for all species except salmon
and smelt*

Daily limit of 2 brook trout through the ice

Long Mountain Brook

Odell to Stratford

All sections

EBT

Jan 1 through Labor Day

Single barbless hook, artificial lures/flies

Catch-and-release

Managed for wild trout

Loomis Valley Brook

Second College Grant

All sections

EBT

Jan 1 through Labor Day

Single barbless hook, artificial lures/flies

Catch-and-release

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

EBT, RT, BT

Jan 1 through Labor Day

Single barbless hook, artificial lures/flies

Catch-and-release

Managed for wild trout

Mascoma River

Enfield to Lebanon

From Route 4 bridge south of Mascoma Lake Dam downstream to the covered bridge

EBT, RT, BT

Jan 1 through Oct 15

Fly-fishing only

Daily limit for brook trout is 2 fish

Meadow Brook

Sharon

All sections

EBT

Jan 1 through Labor Day

Single barbless hook, artificial lures/flies

Catch-and-release

Managed for wild trout

Merrimack River

Franklin to Mass. border (except closed sections)

All sections

EBT, RT, BT, SMB, LMB, ECP, HP, WP, WLE, BC, BG, ATS

No closed season for all species except smelt*

Daily limit of 2 brook trout through the ice

See special rules for brood stock Atlantic salmon.

Merrimack River

Bow

Garvin Falls Dam from canal wall, including fish bypass plunge pool, to a point 300 ft downstream to main river

Closed to all fishing

Merrimack River

Manchester

Upstream side of Amoskeag Dam to upstream side of Amoskeag Bridge, and between west bank of river and island adjacent to powerhouse for 500 ft downstream from fishway entrance

Closed to all fishing

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

LMB, ECP, HP, WP

No closed season for all species except salmon
and smelt*

Daily limit of 2 brook trout through the ice

Merrymeeting River

Alton

From lower dam at Alton to Route 11 bridge at Alton Bay

LLS, RT, LMB, SMB, ECP, WP, HP

Jan 1 through October 31

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, min length 15 inches, min length lake trout 18 inches

Open season as stated, except smelt

Nashua River

Hollis to Nashua

From MA/NH border to Jackson Mills Dam in Nashua

SMB, LMB, ECP, HP, BC, BG

No closed season for all species except salmon
and smelt*

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

Newfound River

Bristol

Area between West Shore Road and dam adjacent to Crescent St

EBT, RT, LLS

Jan 1 through October 31

Fly-fishing only Jan 1 – Oct 31

Jan 1 – March 31 daily limit for trout 2 fish and all salmon immediately released;

April 1 – Sept 30 combined daily limit for trout/salmon is 2 fish

Oct 1–31 barbless hooks only, catch-and-release all fish

Pemigewasset River

Headwaters to Bristol

Headwaters to Route 104 bridge in Bristol

EBT, RT

Jan 1 through October 15

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

EBT, RT

No closed season for all species except smelt*

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

EBT, BT, RT, ATS

No closed season for all species except smelt*

Daily limit of 2 brook trout through the ice

Atlantic salmon shall be taken by fly-fishing only. Oct 1 – March 31 salmon are catch-and-release.

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 Route 3/11 bridge in Franklin

EBT, BT, RT, ATS

No closed season for all species*

Catch-and-release single hook, single hook point artificial lures; unweighted single hook, single or double hook point flies

Daily limit of 2 brook trout through the ice

Atlantic salmon shall be taken by fly-fishing only.

Pemigewasset River

Franklin

From Route 3/11 bridge to confluence with Winnipesaukee River

EBT, BT, RT, ATS

No closed season*

Daily limit of 2 brook trout through the ice

Atlantic salmon shall be taken by fly-fishing only. Oct 1 – March 31 salmon are catch-and-release.

Perry Stream

Pittsburg

Happy Corner Bridge to Connecticut River

EBT, RT, BT, LLS

Jan 1 through Oct 15

Fly-fishing only

Daily limit for brook trout is 2 fish

Piscataquog River

Weare to Goffstown

Howe Bridge to Glen Lake

EBT, RT, BT

No closed season for all species except salmon
and smelt*

Daily limit of 2 brook trout through the ice

Piscataquog River, South Branch

New Boston

From 300 ft upstream of Lyndeboro Road bridge, downstream to first bridge on Route 13 in New Boston

EBT, RT, BT

June 16 – October 15

October 16 – June 15 Catch-and-release single barbless hook artificial flies and lures

June 16 – October 15 daily limit for brook trout is
5 fish or 5 lbs

Pond Brook

Odell to Stratford

All sections

EBT

Jan 1 through Labor Day

Single barbless hook, artificial lures/flies

Catch-and-release

Managed for wild trout

Powwow River

Kingston

All sections

SMB, LMB, ECP, HP, BC

No closed season for all species except salmon
and smelt*

Daily limit of 2 brook trout through the ice

Saco River

Conway

Lucy Brook downstream to confluence with Artist Falls Brook

EBT, BT

Jan 1 through Oct 15

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

EBT

Jan 1 through Oct 15

Closed to all fishing except children 12 and under

Sand Brook

Hillsborough

All sections

EBT

Jan 1 through Labor Day

Single barbless hook, artificial lures/flies

Catch-and-release

Managed for wild trout

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

EBT, RT, BT

June 16 – Oct 15

October 16 – June 15 Catch-and-release single barbless hook artificial flies and lures

June 16 – October 15 daily limit for brook trout is
5 fish or 5 lbs

Sucker Brook

Auburn

From dam in Auburn Village downstream to Lake Massabesic

LMB, SMB, HP, ECP

No closed season for all species except salmon
and smelt*

Daily limit of 2 brook trout through the ice

Sugar River

Newport

Kellyville Bridge to the so-called Oak Street Bridge

EBT, RT, BT

Jan 1 through Nov 30

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

EBT, RT, BT, SMB, LMB, ECP, BC

No closed season for all species except salmon
and smelt*

Daily limit of 2 brook trout through the ice

Swift River

Sandwich to Tamworth

From Route 113A bridge downstream to Route 113 bridge

EBT, RT

Jan 1 through Oct 15

Fly-fishing only

Daily limit for brook trout is 2 fish

Taylor River

Hampton Falls

West of Route 95

LMB, ECP, HP

No closed season for all species except salmon
and smelt*

Daily limit of 2 brook trout through the ice

Turkey River

Concord

All sections

LMB, ECP, HP

No closed season for all species except salmon
and smelt*

Daily limit of 2 brook trout through the ice

West Branch Mohawk River

Colebrook

All sections

EBT

Jan 1 through Labor Day

Single barbless hook, artificial lures/flies

Catch-and-release

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

RT, LLS, SMB, WP

April 1 – Sept 30

See special rules for brood stock Atlantic salmon.

Winnipesaukee River

Tilton, Northfield to Franklin

From Franklin Falls Dam to confluence with Merrimack River

EBT, RT, BT, SMB

No closed season for all species except smelt*

Daily limit of 2 brook trout through the ice

See special rules for brood stock Atlantic salmon.

Witches Spring Brook

Hollis

All sections

EBT

Jan 1 through Labor Day

Single barbless hook, artificial lures/flies

Catch-and-release

Managed for wild trout

* See General Rules for species length and bag limits.

Key to Fish Species

ATS: tagged brood stock Atlantic salmon (see Atlantic Salmon)

BT: brown trout

HP: horned pout
(brown bullhead)

LT: lake trout

RT: rainbow trout

BC: black crappie

EBT: brook trout

LLS: landlocked salmon

LW: lake whitefish

SMB: smallmouth bass

BG: bluegill

ECP: chain pickerel

LMB: largemouth bass

NP: northern pike

WP: white perch

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