Message from the Executive Director
New Hampshire Saltwater Fishing
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: targeting striped bass, bluefish, mackerel, flounder, tuna, haddock and more. As ocean temperatures warm, we’re also seeing some black sea bass. Anglers are seeing quite a bit of opportunity in New Hampshire’s coastal waters these days. Haddock are plentiful, and we once again have an open cod season for recreational anglers in August and September. A single 28-inch striper makes for a lot of eating!
New Hampshire’s estuarine and saltwater species, including fish, lobsters, clams and oysters, are managed by Fish and Game’s Marine Fisheries Division, based in Durham. 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. 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 online. Find out about these and other survey efforts involving the public at wildnh.com/marine.
See you on the coast!
N.H. Fish and Game Department