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New Hampshire

Freshwater Fishing

New Hampshire Fish & Game

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:

  • Conserve, manage and protect these resources and their habitats;
  • Inform and educate the public about these resources; and
  • Provide the public with opportunities to use and appreciate these resources.

The N.H. Fish and Game Department receives Federal Assistance from the US Fish & Wildlife Service, and thus prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, age and sex, pursuant to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975. If you believe you have been discriminated against in any program, activity or service, please contact or write the US Fish & Wildlife Service, Division of Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration, 4001 N. Fairfax Drive, Mail Stop: WSFR – 4020, Arlington, Virginia 22203, Attention: Civil Rights Coordinator for Public Programs.

Belknap County Marc Lachance (603) 722-0509

Carroll County David L. Patch Vice Chair (603) 387-3771

Cheshire County John Caveney (802) 254-1535

Coastal Paul G. McInnis (603) 770-6677

Coos County Eric G. Stohl Chair (603) 237-4206

Grafton County Paul W. DeBow (603) 481-2479

Hillsborough County Ray Green Secretary/Treasurer (603) 396-2493

Merrimack County Christopher Hodgdon (603) 746-1000

Rockingham County Christina Luppi (603) 957-8524

Strafford County Frederick T. Bird (603) 289-7745

Sullivan County Bruce Temple (603) 543-0519

State of New Hampshire

Christopher T. Sununu, Governor

Scott R. Mason, Executive Director New Hampshire Fish and Game Department 11 Hazen Drive • Concord, New Hampshire 03301

Law Enforcement Districts

District 1

Region 1, 629B Main St. Lancaster, NH 03584 (603) 788-3164 Lt. Mark W. Ober

District 2

Region 2, Box 417 New Hampton, NH 03256 (603) 744-5470 Lt. Bradley R. Morse

District 3

Region 2, Box 417 New Hampton, NH 03256 (603) 744-5470 Lt. James E. Kneeland

District 4

Region 4, 15 Ash Brook Court Keene, NH 03431 (603) 352-9669 Lt. William J. Boudreau

District 5

Fish and Game HQ 11 Hazen Drive Concord, NH 03301 (603) 271-3361 Lt. Adam P. Cheney

District 6

Region 3, 225 Main St. Durham, NH 03824-4732 (603) 868-1095 Lt. Delayne Brown

Fish and Game Commissioners

The numbers on this page are the home phone numbers of Fish and Game Commissioners. Please use discretion with the timing of your calls. For emergency calls after hours, contact N.H. State Police or your local police. For questions about N.H. fishing laws, call (603) 271-3127.

N.H. Fish & Game Telephone Numbers

Law Enforcement

Dispatch (603) 271-3361

Regular Hours: 8 a.m.–5 p.m., Mon.–Fri. ; 7 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat. & Sun.

Sept. 1 to end of firearms season: Seven days a week, 7 a.m.–6 p.m.

Questions about New Hampshire Fishing Laws (603) 271-3127

To Report Violations 24 Hours A Day

Operation Game Thief1-800-344-4262


Off-Highway Recreational Vehicle (laws/education) (603) 271-3129

N.H. Fish and Game

Headquarters/License Office (603) 271-3421

Regular Hours: 8 a.m.–4 p.m., Mon.–Fri.

Executive Director’s Office (603) 271-3511

Inland Fisheries (603) 271-2501

License Agent Accounting/OHRV Registry (603) 271-2743

Marine Fisheries (603) 868-1095

Nuisance Wildlife Questions (603) 223-6832

Public Boat Access Program (603) 271-1748

Public Affairs (603) 271-3211

Wildlife Programs (603) 271-2461

Regional Offices

Region 1: Lancaster (603) 788-3164

Region 2: New Hampton (603) 744-5470

Region 3: Durham (603) 868-1095

Region 4: Keene (603) 352-9669

About This Publication

This publication is a summary of fishing regulations. It is not the full laws or rules. It is intended only as a guide to inform the angler of seasons and other necessary information.

For more detailed information concerning regulations, consult the New Hampshire Fish and Game Law Book, Fish and Game Administrative Rules, or contact your local Conservation Officer. Fish and Game laws and rules may be viewed at any Fish and Game office (contact information on this page); Legislative Services, Administrative Rules, in the State House Annex, 25 Capitol St., Room 219, Concord, NH 03301; and at or A compendium of Fish and Game laws may also be purchased at Department headquarters in Concord for $41.

This publication is partially paid for through the sale of advertising. The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department neither endorses products or services listed or claims made nor accepts any liability arising from the use of products or services listed.

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