See you on the coast!
As a longtime seacoast resident, it is my pleasure to welcome you to our digest of regulations for saltwater fishing on New Hampshire’s seacoast. Our coastal anglers can experience sport fishing at its finest. Striped bass are one of our biggest marine fisheries management success stories, and recreational saltwater anglers also target bluefish, mackerel, flounder, tuna and a wide assortment of groundfish in our waters during spring, summer and fall. During the winter, smelt recreational fishing is enjoyed in Great Bay and tributaries when ice is formed.
As ocean temperatures have warmed in recent years, coastal anglers are encountering some species seen more often in warmer waters, such as black sea bass and triggerfish. Notice that we now have length and bag limits for black sea bass, which are listed in this digest.
The health of our coastal resources is the focus of Fish and Game’s Marine Fisheries Division, based in Durham, which manages our estuarine and saltwater species, including fish, lobsters, clams and oysters. Our biologists work closely with other state and federal agencies to protect and maintain marine resources and habitats for both recreational and commercial fisheries. These efforts are essential to rebuilding groundfish stocks, enhancing related habitat and maintaining healthy populations of species such as Atlantic herring, striped bass and lobsters in the New England region.
Recreational saltwater anglers can help Fish and Game monitor coastal species by taking part in our surveys. If you encounter Fish and Game’s trained survey staff at one of the many saltwater fishing access sites along New Hampshire’s seacoast or on the ice in the winter, I encourage you to take a few minutes to speak with them and participate in the Access Point Angler Intercept Survey or Winter Smelt Survey. Fish and Game also invites striped bass anglers to report catch and effort. Find out about these and other survey efforts involving the public at wildnh.com/marine.
See you on the coast!
NH 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:
Regulations in red are new this year.
Purple text indicates an important note.