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New Hampshire

Saltwater Fishing


Welcome to 2021-22 New Hampshire Saltwater Fishing

Great Fishing Opportunities

Although I may be new to New Hampshire Fish and Game, I am not new to New Hampshire’s coast. My grandmother was an Odiorne and my uncle was a commercial lobsterman in Maine. I still have friends who fish commercially or run charters out of New Hampshire harbors. As a kid we would take trips to Seabrook to dig for clams. While at UNH, my friends and I always enjoyed gathering wild oysters to add a little local flavor to one of our get togethers, or catching a few flounders to bring home for a fish fry. Farming in the far northern end of New Hampshire has kept me from doing much saltwater fishing lately, but I am hoping that will change.

Though New Hampshire has the shortest coastline of any state that borders an ocean, it offers great sport fishing opportunities. Whether you are targeting striped bass, mackerel, flounder, tuna, or haddock, our recreational and commercial fisheries are a time-honored tradition and a significant contributor to the state’s economy.

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 anglers and commercial harvesters. These efforts are essential to rebuilding groundfish stocks, enhancing related habitat, and maintaining healthy populations of species such as Atlantic menhaden, striped bass, and lobsters for the New England region.

Our staff are busy out and about and you can help. 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 this winter, I encourage you to take a few minutes to speak with them and participate in the Access Point Angler Intercept Survey or the 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.

I am very happy to be a part of the Fish and Game family and look forward to meeting more of you. See you on the water!

Scott R. Mason

Executive Director

N.H. Fish and Game Department

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.