Welcome to 2022-23 New Hampshire Freshwater Fishing
Fishing Can Be Enjoyed by the Whole Family
I can’t believe I have been with NH Fish and Game for over a year now. Time flies. And speaking of flies, though I have been more of a spincaster myself, the best thing about fishing is that there is something for everyone, especially in New Hampshire. From lakes to rivers, north to south, there are great places to fish near you. Check out locations on our website at https://www.wildlife.state.nh.us/fishing/where-fish.html.
We are very fortunate in the Granite State to have nearly 1,000 fishable lakes and 12,000 miles of rivers and streams. Popular coldwater species of fish include lake trout, landlocked salmon, and brook, brown, and rainbow trout. For those who prefer warm water angling, New Hampshire offers small- and largemouth bass, pickerel, black crappie, bluegill, and yellow perch among others.
New Hampshire fishing licenses are one of the best deals around. You get a full year of outdoor recreation and dinner too if you are successful! And don’t forget our free fishing days on January 15 and June 4 in 2022, when anglers do not need a license to fish in New Hampshire.
Our hatchery staff stock over a million trout for your fishing enjoyment each year. The healthy fisheries we have today are the result of conservation efforts here at Fish and Game dating back to 1865, when the State Legislature established the Commission on Fisheries to reverse the trend of rapidly depleting species around the state. Because of careful management from raising and stocking fish to stream restoration and watershed conservation to population testing and assessment, fishing opportunities abound.
Also thanks to our Public Boat Access Program, guided by the Public Water Access Advisory Board, or PWAAB, there are more than 140 Fish and Game boat launch sites around the state. Construction and maintenance of these facilities is supported in part by the federal Sport Fish Restoration Program as is our stocking program.
So thanks for your support, stay safe, and have a great time fishing in the Granite State!
Scott R. Mason
Executive Director, N.H. Fish and Game Department