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Saltwater Fishing

Saltwater Fishing

New Hampshire Contacts

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.

State of New Hampshire

Christoper 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

N.H. Fish & 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, call N.H. State Police or your local police.
For questions about N.H. fishing laws, call (603) 271-3127.

Belknap County
Marc Lachance
(603) 722-0509

Carroll County
Susan Price
(603) 387-1331

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
(603) 396-2493

Merrimack County
Christopher Hodgdon
(603) 746-1000

Rockingham County
Meggan Hodgson
(603) 418-5983

Strafford County
Albert J. Derosa
(978) 314-5193

Sullivan County
Bruce Temple
(603) 543-0519

N.H. Fish & Game Telephone Numbers

Law Enforcement

Questions about N.H. Fish and Game regulations (603) 271-3127

Dispatch (603) 271-3361

Regular Hours: 8 a.m.–5 p.m., Mon.–Fri; 24 hours/day, Sat. & Sun. (State Police Dispatch)

To Report Violations 24 Hours a Day

Operation Game Thief 1-800-344-4262

or wildnh.com/ogt

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 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

Coastal Resource Contacts

N.H. Fish and Game Marine Fisheries Division

225 Main St., Durham, NH 03824
Hours: 8 a.m.–4 p.m., Mon.–Fri. (603) 868-1095

Aquaculture

Contact N.H. Fish and Game Department
for rules and statutes (603) 868-1095

Clam Flat Hotline

Current open or closed condition of
Hampton Harbor and other shellfishing areas 1-800-43-CLAMS

Maine Marine Resources (Maine Marine Patrol) (207) 633-9595

Marine Mammals, Seals, Porpoises, Whales

Federal regulations prohibit harassment of marine mammals. Stranded or dead mammals should be reported to the
Seacoast Science Center at (603) 997-9448

Massachusetts Marine Fisheries (617) 626-1520

Massachusetts Environmental Police 1-800-632-8075

National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)

(greateratlantic.fisheries.noaa.gov)

For information on federal regulations and federal permits:
Regulations (978) 281-9315
Permits (978) 281-8438

New Hampshire Dept. of Environmental Services

Shellfish Program (603) 559-1509

New Hampshire Dept. of Safety—Marine Patrol

Boating regulations (603) 293-2037
Boat registration (603) 227-4000

Portsmouth Harbor Coast Guard

For U.S. Coast Guard information (603) 436-4415

Wildlife Services

Animal Damage Control (603) 223-6832

Landowner Protection

New Hampshire State law provides certain protections for landowners who open their land to those using it for outdoor recreation. For more information, visit wildnh.com/landshare.

Buy Your Hike Safe Card

Get your annual voluntary Hike Safe Card! $25 for individual or $35 per family. Available at wildnh.com.

Let’s Go Fishing! Classes with N.H. Fish and Game

Want to learn how to fish, enhance your fishing skills, help turn a friend into a fishing buddy? Check out Let’s Go Fishing classes from N.H. Fish and Game’s Aquatic Resources Education team! Courses are offered throughout the state by trained volunteer instructors who bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to help anglers get started.

Courses for adults and children are free of charge and designed to teach basic ecological concepts, fishing skills, and new ways to enjoy the outdoors together. Courses cover basic techniques for year-round fishing in ponds, lakes, streams and the ocean. A typical course offers hands-on instruction, plus a field trip to put your new skills to the test on the water. Let’s Go Fishing also offers specialty clinics and weekend workshops on fly fishing, saltwater fishing, fly tying, ice fishing and more. For a class schedule, visit fishnh.com.

Saltwater Anglers & Spearfishers

Buy your N.H. Recreational Saltwater
Fishing License at fishnh.com or at your local license agent – just $11.

See License Information for details.

Also good in Maine and Massachusetts salt waters.

Striped Bass Volunteer Angler Survey — Join Us!

Do you like to fish for striped bass in New Hampshire? Tell N.H. Fish and Game’s Marine Division about your striped bass fishing — and you could win a great prize!

For the Striped Bass Volunteer Angler Survey, anglers are asked to provide information such as amount of time fished and length of fish caught. Completed trip logs may be sent by mail, or an electronic logbook can be filled out online at fishnh.com/surveys/striped-bass.html. Marine fisheries biologists use the results to assess the status of striped bass populations each year.

How do I get started? Contact the Marine Division at Reg3@wildlife.nh.gov or (603) 868-1095 to get your logbook by mail or e-mail. Submit your logs by November 1, for a chance to win raffle prizes.

Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire

The official non-profit partner of the N.H. Fish and Game Department, the Wildlife Heritage Foundation raises money and works with wildlife professionals and conservation education partners to fund Fish and Game’s conservation of wildlife and natural places. The foundation has supported a wide range of projects, including tracking and mapping of ovigerous female lobsters and monitoring river herring passage over the breached Wadleigh Falls Dam on the Lamprey River. Funding for the foundation’s grants program comes from individual and corporate donors and from the annual auction of fish and game permits and licenses. The foundation accepts general and targeted cash donations, as well as planned gifts and tangible assets; in most cases, contributions are tax-deductible.

To learn more about the foundation or make an online donation, visit nhwildlifeheritage.org or contact (603) 496-2778 or admin@nhwildlifeheritage.org. Thanks for your support!