New Hampshire Rivers and Streams

New Hampshire Rivers and Streams

FISH SPECIES KEY

ATS: Atlantic Salmon BT: brown trout HP: horned pout (brown bullhead) LT: lake trout RT: rainbow trout
BC: black crappie EBT: brook trout LLS: landlocked salmon LW: lake whitefish SMB: smallmouth bass
BG: bluegill ECP: chain pickerel LMB: largemouth bass NP: northern pike WP: white perch

Waterbody

Town(s)

Section

Species

Season

Methods

Trout Rules

Other Rules

Alder Brook
Second College Grant
All sections
EBT
Jan. 1 through Labor Day
Single barbless hook, artificial lures/flies
Catch-and-release
Managed for wild trout
Ammonoosuc River
Littleton to Bath
Apthorp Dam in Littleton to confluence with Connecticut River in Bath
EBT, RT, BT
Jan. 1 through Oct. 15
Brown trout may be taken any time of day or night during the open season.
Androscoggin River
Errol
Errol Dam to the markers at the dead water at Bragg Bay
EBT, RT, BT, LLS, SMB, ECP, HP
Jan. 1 through Oct. 15
Fly-fishing only
Daily limit for brook trout 2 fish; minimum length 12 inches
Androscoggin River
Dummer
Dummer-Cambridge town line to Pontook Dam
EBT, RT, BT, LLS, SMB, ECP, HP
No closed season for all species except salmon and smelt*
Daily limit of 2 brook trout through the ice
Androscoggin River
Dummer to Berlin
Wheeler Bay in Dummer boundary line at 44° 36.9011’N 71o 13.3816’W to 44° 36.9341’N 71° 13.4449’W using WGS84 map datum to Sawmill Dam in Berlin
EBT, RT, BT, LLS, SMB, ECP, HP
Jan. 1 through Oct. 15
Brown trout may be taken any time of day or night during the open season.
Androscoggin River
Berlin to Shelburne
Sawmill Dam in Berlin to ME/NH boundary
EBT, RT, BT, LLS, SMB, ECP, HP
No closed season for all species
Single barbless hook, artificial lures/flies
Catch-and-release all species.
Ashuelot River
Surry
Surry Mountain Reservoir
RT, BT, SMB, LMB, ECP, HP, BC
No closed season for all species except salmon and smelt*
Daily limit of 2 brook trout through the ice
Ashuelot River, South Branch
Troy to Swanzey
Marlborough Road bridge in Troy to Richmond Road bridge in East Swanzey
EBT, BT
Jan. 1 through Oct. 15
Fly-fishing only
Daily limit for brook trout 2 fish
Bellamy River
Madbury
Bellamy Reservoir
EBT, RT, LMB, ECP, HP, BC
No closed season for all species except salmon and smelt*
Daily limit of 2 brook trout through the ice
Blackwater River
Salisbury to Andover
The Bays and Cilleyville Bog
RT, BT
No closed season for all species except salmon and smelt*
Daily limit of 2 brook trout through the ice
Carroll Stream
Whitefield to Carroll
Upstream of its confluence with Airport Pond in Whitefield
EBT
Jan. 1 through Labor Day
Single barbless hook, artificial lures/flies
Catch-and-release
Managed for wild trout
Cocheco River
Rochester to Dover
Watson Road dam downstream to head of tide
EBT, BT, RT, SMB, ECP
Oct. 16 to 4th Sat. in April Catch-and-release
Single barbless hook, artificial lures/flies
4th Sat. in April to Oct. 15 daily limit for brook trout 5 fish or 5 lbs. All legal methods.
No closed season for all species except salmon and smelt
Connecticut River
Pittsburg
Dam at Second Ct Lake to upstream side of logging bridge on Magalloway Road
EBT, LLS
Jan. 1 through Oct. 15
Fly-fishing only
Catch-and-release
Connecticut River
Pittsburg
From Magalloway Rd bridge to inlet at Green Point on First Ct Lake
EBT, LLS
Jan. 1 through Oct. 15
Fly-fishing only
Daily limit for brook trout is 2 fish
Connecticut River
Pittsburg
First CT Lake dam to the signs on Lake Francis
EBT, RT, BT, LLS
Jan. 1 through Oct. 15
Fly-fishing only
Daily limit for brook trout is 2 fish; minimum length 12 inches
Connecticut River
See NH-VT Interstate Rules on Interstate Waters.
Contoocook River
Rindge to Henniker
Contoocook Lake downstream to area marked with signs and wire in West Henniker
EBT, RT, BT, SMB, LMB, ECP, HP, WP, BC, BG
No closed season for all species except salmon and smelt*
Daily limit of 2 brook trout through the ice
Contoocook River
Henniker
From 2500 ft above former paper mill dam in West Henniker, marked by signs and wire, upstream 1 mile to a point marked by signs and wire
EBT, RT, BT, SMB, LMB, ECP, HP, WP, BC, BG
Jan. 1 through Nov. 30
Flies and single hook artificial lures with no more than 3 points
Daily limit for brook trout is 2 fish; minimum length 12 inches
Contoocook River
Henniker
From 2500 ft above former paper mill dam in West Henniker, to confluence with Merrimack River
EBT, RT, BT, SMB, LMB, ECP, HP, WP, WLE, BC, BG
No closed season for all species except salmon and smelt*
Daily limit of 2 brook trout through the ice
Dead Diamond River
Second College Grant
From confluence of Swift Diamond River downstream to Magalloway River
EBT, SMB
No closed season for all species
Single barbless hook, artificial lures/flies
Catch-and-release
No limits for black bass
Ellis River
Jackson
From the covered bridge in Jackson to Iron Railroad Bridge in Glen
EBT, RT
Jan. 1 through Oct. 15
Fly-fishing only
Daily limit for brook trout is 2 fish
Exeter River
Brentwood to Exeter
Downstream side of the Cross Road bridge to Route 111 bridge
EBT, RT, BT, BC, LMB, ECP
Oct. 16 to 4th Saturday in April: Catch-and-release
Single barbless hook, artificial lures/flies
4th Saturday in April to Oct. 15: daily limit for brook trout 5 fish or 5 lbs. All legal methods.
No closed season for all species, except salmon and smelt
Exeter River
Sandown to Exeter
From Route 121-A to the Pickpocket Dam and from Route 111 to the Squamscott River
EBT, RT, BT, BC, LMB, ECP
No closed season for all species except salmon and smelt*
Daily limit of 2 brook trout through the ice
Closed to all fishing from the upstream side of the Pickpocket Dam and fishway including a 50 foot radius in front of the fishway on the upstream side to the downstream side of the Cross Roads Bridge in the towns of Brentwood and Exeter
Flints Brook
Hollis
All sections
EBT
Jan. 1 through Labor Day
Single barbless hook, artificial lures/flies
Catch-and-release
Managed for wild trout
Gulf Brook
Chesterfield
All sections
EBT
Jan. 1 through Labor Day
Single barbless hook, artificial lures/flies
Catch-and-release
Managed for wild trout
Isinglass River
Barrington to Rochester
From Route 125 bridge downstream to confluence with Cocheco River
EBT, RT
Oct. 16 to 4th Sat. in April Catch-and-release
Single barbless hook, artificial lures/flies
4th Sat. in April to Oct. 15 daily limit for brook trout 5 fish or 5 lbs. All legal methods.
No closed season for all species except salmon and smelt
Lamb Valley Brook
Second College Grant
All sections
EBT
Jan. 1 through Labor Day
Single barbless hook, artificial lures/flies
Catch-and-release
Managed for wild trout
Lamprey River
Raymond to Durham
Raymond/Deerfield town line to Wiswall Dam
EBT, RT, BT, LMB, SMB, ECP
No closed season for all species except salmon and smelt*
Daily limit of 2 brook trout through the ice
Magalloway River
Errol
EBT
artificial lures and flies only, with a single-point hook and catch-and-release for all brook trout, regardless of size.
Lamprey River
Durham
Wiswall Dam to first railroad trestle downstream of Packers Falls
EBT, RT, BT, LMB, SMB, ECP, BG, BC
Oct. 16 to 4th Sat. in April Catch-and-release
Single barbless hook, artificial lures/flies
4th Sat. in April to Oct. 15 daily limit for brook trout 5 fish or 5 lbs. All legal methods.
No closed season for all species except salmon and smelt
Lamprey River
Durham
Wiswall Dam area
Closed to all fishing 200 feet below Wiswall Dam between
April 1 and July 31.
Closed to all fishing in the waters 50 feet above the Wiswall Dam year round.
Lamprey River
Durham to Newmarket
From first railroad trestle downstream of Packers Falls to head of tide
EBT, RT, BT, LMB, SMP, ECP, BG, BC
No closed season for all species except salmon and smelt*
Daily limit of 2 brook trout through the ice
Long Mountain Brook
Odell to Stratford
All sections
EBT
Jan. 1 through Labor Day
Single barbless hook, artificial lures/flies
Catch-and-release
Managed for wild trout
Loomis Valley Brook
Second College Grant
All sections
EBT
Jan. 1 through Labor Day
Single barbless hook, artificial lures/flies
Catch-and-release
Managed for wild trout
Lost River
Woodstock
From 100 ft above parking area entrance bridge to 100 ft below last footbridge in Lost River Gorge
Closed to all fishing
Lyman Brook
Columbia
From headwaters to the upper bridge on Meriden Hill Road in Columbia
EBT, RT, BT
Jan. 1 through Labor Day
Single barbless hook, artificial lures/flies
Catch-and-release
Managed for wild trout
Mascoma River
Enfield to Lebanon
From Route 4 bridge south of Mascoma Lake Dam downstream to the covered bridge
EBT, RT, BT
Jan. 1 through Oct. 15
Fly-fishing only
Daily limit for brook trout is 2 fish
Meadow Brook
Sharon
All sections
EBT
Jan. 1 through Labor Day
Single barbless hook, artificial lures/flies
Catch-and-release
Managed for wild trout
Merrimack River
Franklin to Mass. border (except closed sections)
All sections
EBT, RT, BT, SMB, LMB, ECP, HP, WP, WLE, BC, BG
No closed season for all species except salmon and smelt*
Daily limit of 2 brook trout through the ice
From Garvins Falls Dam downstream to the N.H./Mass. border, all salmon caught shall be immediately released.
Merrimack River
Bow
Garvin Falls Dam from canal wall, including fish bypass plunge pool, to a point 300 ft downstream to main river
Closed to all fishing
Merrimack River
Manchester
Upstream side of Amoskeag Dam to upstream side of Amoskeag Bridge, and between west bank of river and island adjacent to powerhouse for 500 ft downstream from fishway entrance
Closed to all fishing
Merrymeeting River
New Durham
Merrymeeting Lake Dam to 200 ft below Powder Mill Hatchery
Closed to all fishing
Merrymeeting River
New Durham to Alton
From 200 ft below Powder Mill Hatchery to lower dam at Alton
LMB, ECP, HP, WP
No closed season for all species except salmon and smelt*
Daily limit of 2 brook trout through the ice
Merrymeeting River
Alton
From lower dam at Alton to Route 11 bridge at Alton Bay
LLS, RT, LMB, SMB, ECP, WP, HP
Jan. 1 through October 31
Jan. 1 – June 15 and Oct. 1–31 fly-fishing only, barbless hooks, catch-and-release
June 16 – Sept. 30 combined daily limit for trout and salmon is 2 fish, min length 15 inches, min length lake trout 18 inches
Open season as stated, except smelt
Nashua River
Hollis to Nashua
From MA/NH border to Mine Falls Dam in Nashua
SMB, LMB, ECP, HP, BC, BG
No closed season for all species except salmon and smelt*
Daily limit of 2 brook trout through the ice
Nashua River
Nashua
Jackson Mills Dam 200 ft above to 200 ft below
Closed to all fishing
Nashua River
Nashua
Mines Falls Dam to 200 ft below
Closed to all fishing
Nashua River
Nashua
Below Mine Falls Dam to
confluence with Merrimack River
SMB, LMB, ECP HP, BC, BG
No closed season for all species except smelt
Daily limit of 2 brook trout through the ice
All salmon caught shall be immediately released
Newfound River
Bristol
Area between West Shore Road and dam adjacent to Crescent St
EBT, RT, LLS
Jan. 1 through October 31
Fly-fishing only Jan. 1 – Oct. 31
Jan. 1 – March 31 daily limit for trout 2 fish and all salmon immediately released; April 1Sept. 30 combined daily limit for trout/salmon is 2 fish
Oct. 1–31 barbless hooks only, catch-and-release all fish
Pemigewasset River
Headwaters to Bristol
Headwaters to Route 104 bridge in Bristol
EBT, RT
Jan. 1 through October 15
This waterbody, and its tributaries to the first upstream dam, shall be closed to the taking of salmon
Pemigewasset River
Bristol
From Route 104 bridge to Ayers Island Dam
EBT, RT
No closed season for all species except smelt*
Daily limit of 2 brook trout through the ice
Pemigewasset River
Bristol
From Ayers Island Dam 300 ft downstream
Closed to all fishing
Pemigewasset River
Bristol to Franklin
From 300 ft below Ayers Island Dam to the Eastman Falls Dam in Franklin
EBT, BT, RT
No closed season for all species except smelt*
Daily limit of 2 brook trout through the ice
Pemigewasset River
Franklin
From Eastman Falls Dam 150 ft downstream
Closed to all fishing
Pemigewasset River
Franklin
From 150 ft below Eastman Falls Dam to the confluence of
Winnipesaukee River
EBT, BT, RT
No closed season for all species except salmon and smelt*
Daily limit of 2 brook trout through the ice
Perry Stream
Pittsburg
Happy Corner Bridge to
Connecticut River
EBT, RT, BT, LLS
Jan. 1 through Oct. 15
Fly-fishing only
Daily limit for brook trout is 2 fish
Piscataquog River
Goffstown
Howe Bridge to Glen Lake
EBT, RT, BT
No closed season for all species except salmon and smelt*
Daily limit of 2 brook trout through the ice
Piscataquog River, South Branch
New Boston
From 300 ft upstream of the bridge located at 42° 57.447’N 71° 42.494’W using WGS84 map datum on Lyndeboro Road downstream to the first bridge on Route 13 in New Boston
EBT, RT, BT
June 16 – Oct. 15
October 16 – June 15 Catch-and-release single barbless hook artificial flies and lures
June 16 – October 15 daily limit for brook trout is 5 fish or 5 lbs
Piscataquog River
Manchester
From Kellys Falls Dam to confluence with the Merrimack River
SMB, LMB, ECP, HP, BC, BG, RT, BT
No closed season for all species except smelt
Daily limit of 2 brook trout through the ice
All salmon caught shall be immediately released
Pond Brook
Odell to Stratford
All sections
EBT
Jan. 1 through Labor Day
Single barbless hook, artificial lures/flies
Catch-and-release
Managed for wild trout
Powwow River
Kingston
All sections
SMB, LMB, ECP, HP, BC
No closed season for all species except salmon and smelt*
Daily limit of 2 brook trout through the ice
Saco River
Conway
Lucy Brook downstream to confluence with Artist Falls Brook
EBT, BT
Jan. 1 through Oct. 15
Fly-fishing only
Daily limit for brook trout is 2 fish
Saco River
Hart’s Location
Crawford Notch State Park dam at Willey House historical site upstream to where Saco River enters Willey Pond
EBT
Jan. 1 through Oct. 15
Closed to all fishing except children 12 and under
Sand Brook
Hillsborough
All sections
EBT
Jan. 1 through Labor Day
Single barbless hook, artificial lures/flies
Catch-and-release
Managed for wild trout
Soucook River
Loudon to Pembroke
From Loudon Village Dam to confluence with the Merrimack River
SMB, LMB, ECP, HP, BC, BG, RT, BT
No closed season for all species except smelt
Daily limit of 2 brook trout through the ice
All salmon caught shall be immediately released
Souhegan River
New Ispwich to Wilton
From 300 ft upstream of green bridge on Old Wilton Road in Greenville to 300 ft downstream of Route 31 bridge in Wilton
EBT, RT, BT
June 16 – Oct. 15
October 16 – June 15 Catch-and-release single barbless hook artificial flies and lures
June 16 – October 15 daily limit for brook trout is 5 fish or 5 lbs
All salmon caught shall be immediately released
Souhegan River
New Ipswich to Merrimack
All sections
ATS
All salmon caught shall be immediately released
Sucker Brook
Auburn
From dam in Auburn Village downstream to Lake Massabesic
LMB, SMB, HP, ECP
No closed season for all species except salmon and smelt*
Daily limit of 2 brook trout through the ice
Sugar River
Newport
Kellyville Bridge to the so-called Oak Street Bridge
EBT, RT, BT
Jan. 1 through Nov. 30
Fly-fishing only
Daily limit for brook trout is 2 fish
Suncook River
Barnstead to Allenstown/Pembroke
From Route 126 bridge in Barnstead downstream to China Mill Dam in Allenstown/Pembroke
EBT, RT, BT, SMB, LMB, ECP, BC
No closed season for all species except salmon and smelt*
Daily limit of 2 brook trout through the ice
Suncook River
Allenstown/Pembroke
From China Mill Dam down to confluence with the Merrimack River
EBT, RT, BT, SMB, LMB, ECP, BC
No closed season for all species except smelt
Daily limit of 2 brook trout through the ice
All salmon caught shall be immediately released
Swift River
Sandwich to Tamworth
From Route 113A bridge downstream to Route 113 bridge
EBT, RT
Jan. 1 through Oct. 15
Fly-fishing only
Daily limit for brook trout is 2 fish
Taylor River
Hampton Falls
West of Route 95
LMB, ECP, HP
No closed season for all species except salmon and smelt*
Daily limit of 2 brook trout through the ice
Turkey River
Concord
All sections
LMB, ECP, HP
No closed season for all species except salmon and smelt*
Daily limit of 2 brook trout through the ice
West Branch Mohawk River
Colebrook
All sections
EBT
Jan. 1 through Labor Day
Single barbless hook, artificial lures/flies
Catch-and-release
Managed for wild trout
Winnipesaukee River
Laconia to Tilton
From dam at Paugus Bay to 500 ft downstream and Messer Street bridge downstream to Dixon Point; and from old Union Bridge abutment in Tilton/Belmont downstream to a point 1000 ft below Lochmere Dam
RT, LLS, SMB, WP
April 1 – Sept. 30
Winnipesaukee River
Tilton, Northfield to Franklin
From Franklin Falls Dam to confluence with Merrimack River
EBT, RT, BT, SMB
No closed season for all species except smelt*
Daily limit of 2 brook trout through the ice
Witches Spring Brook
Hollis
All sections
EBT
Jan. 1 through Labor Day
Single barbless hook, artificial lures/flies
Catch-and-release
Managed for wild trout
* See Rivers & Streams: General Rules for species length and bag limits.

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