New Hampshire – Freshwater Smelt Regulations

New Hampshire – Freshwater Smelt Regulations

Bag Limits and General Rules:

The daily bag limit for smelt is 2 quarts liquid measure of whole (head and tail intact) freshwater smelt in the 24 hour period between 12 noon one day and 12 noon the following day. Persons taking freshwater smelt must at all times keep their individual take in separate, unbreakable containers marked with their name. A person cannot take smelt while using a boat propelled by mechanical power.

Season for Taking Smelt by Angling:

From June 16 through March 14, smelt may be taken by angling only, except in Trout and Fly-Fishing-Only ponds, which are open June 16 through Oct. 15.

Season for Taking Smelt with a Dip Net:

From March 15 through April 30, smelt may be taken by means of a dip net not over 18 inches in diameter, between the hours of sunset and 12 midnight. Only the following waters are open to the taking of freshwater smelt by dip net:

Deering ReservoirDeering
Manning Lake/Guinea PondGilmanton
Pea Porridge PondMadison
Rust PondWolfeboro
Sandy PondRichmond
Suncook LakeBarnstead
Sunset Lake/Places PondAlton, Gilmanton
Webster LakeFranklin
Bearcamp River (From Tamworth/Ossipee town line to Ossipee Lake)Ossipee
Mascoma River (From Canaan/Enfield town line to Mascoma Lake)Enfield

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