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Table 4: General Fishing Regulations for the Connecticut River

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For that portion of the river between New Hampshire and Vermont, “Connecticut River” means all waters of the river including the bays, set backs and tributaries, only to the first highway bridge crossing said tributaries on the Vermont and New Hampshire sides.

LICENSES: All New Hampshire resident and Vermont resident fishing licenses are valid for the taking of fish from the Connecticut River as defined above. All other nonresidents with a N.H. nonresident fishing license shall only take fish east of the Vermont low water mark while on the Connecticut River.

SEASON: Open to fishing all year, except no fishing Oct. 16–Dec. 31 from the confluence of the Upper Ammonoosuc River and the Connecticut River in Northumberland, N.H., to the northern boundary of the town of Canaan, VT.

DEVICES: No more than 6 ice fishing devices are allowed, 2 of which may be handlines. Anglers must have personal control over the devices at all times, whether operated or not, and must visit the devices at least once each hour. When fishing in open water, no more than 2 lines may be used.

SPECIES RULES The rules below apply during the open season for fishing.


2 fish daily limit; no size restrictions.


No open season for Atlantic salmon until declared by the Connecticut River Atlantic Salmon Commission.



The season for taking brook, brown or rainbow trout by all legal methods shall open on January 1 and close October 15.

Through open water the daily limit is 5 fish or 5 pounds (whichever limit is first reached), except the daily limit is 1 fish from the Samuel Moore Dam downstream to the Rte. 18 bridge.

Through the ice the daily limit is 2 fish, except the daily limit is 1 fish from the Samuel Moore Dam downstream to the Rte. 18 bridge.


The daily bag limit for black bass from January 1 to March 31 Is 2 fish, of which only one bass may be greater than 16 inches. The daily limit for black bass from April 1 to May 14 and June 16 to June 30 is 2 fish.

Between May 15 and June 15 all black bass shall be immediately released unharmed, at the site of catch, to the waters from which taken.

The daily limit for black bass from July 1 through December 31 is 5 fish.

During the period beginning May 15 and ending June 15, black bass shall be taken only by artificial lures and flies.


May be taken by any legal method and by bow and arrow with cord attached, in that part of the river beginning at the point on the northern boundary of Grafton County in New Hampshire which is directly opposite the town of Concord, Vermont, south to the Massachusetts border.


The daily limit is 25 fish.


The daily limit is 1 fish; minimum total length 28 inches.


The daily limit is 10 fish.


No person shall take walleye 16 to 18 inches; the daily limit is 4 fish, of which only 1 can be larger than 18 inches.


The daily limit for black crappie, white perch, yellow perch and sunfish is 25 fish for each species. The daily aggregate possession limit is 50 fish for all listed species, including horned pout.


From a point 1,600 feet upstream from the bridge in North Stratford upstream to a point 250 feet below the Lyman Falls Dam in North Stratford, and marked by a sign, the following restrictions shall apply:

Fishing shall be permitted by artificial lures and flies only. All lures and flies shall have barbless hooks or shall have all barbs pinched so they will not interfere with removal of the hook from the fish. All fish are to be immediately released unharmed.


Vernon Dam in Vernon, Vermont, and Hinsdale, New Hampshire, shall be closed to all fishing to a point 150 feet below the dam.

Wilder Dam in Wilder, Vermont, and Lebanon, New Hampshire, shall be closed to all fishing to a point 150 feet below the dam.

Regulations in red are new this year.

Purple text indicates an important note.

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