New Hampshire Rivers and Streams With Special Regulations

New Hampshire Rivers and Streams With Special Regulations

Key to Fish Species

ATS: Atlantic salmonBT: brown troutHP: horned pout (brown bullhead)LT: lake troutRT: rainbow trout
BC: black crappieEBT: brook troutLLS: landlocked salmonLW: lake whitefishSMB: smallmouth bass
BG: bluegillECP: chain pickerelLMB: largemouth bassNP: northern pikeWP: white perch
WATERBODYTOWN(s)SECTIONSPECIESSEASONMETHODSTROUT RulesSPECIAL RULES
* See Rivers and Streams: General Rules for species length and bag limits.
Ammonoosuc RiverLittleton to BathApthorp Dam in Littleton to confluence with Connecticut River in BathEBT, RT, BTJan. 1 throughOct. 15Brown trout may be taken any time of day or night during the open season.
Androscoggin RiverErrolFrom boundary line at 44.782092°N – 071.072178°W to 44.781341°N – 071.072178°W using WGS84 map datum downstream to Errol DamEBTJan. 1 to Sept. 30Daily limit of 5 brook trout or 5 lbs. All legal methods.
Androscoggin RiverErrolErrol Dam to the markers at the dead water at Bragg BayEBT, RT, BT, LLS, SMB, ECP, HPJan. 1 throughOct. 15Fly-fishing onlyDaily limit for brook trout 2 fish; minimum length 12 inches.
Androscoggin RiverDummerDummer-Cambridge town line to Pontook DamEBT, RT, BT, LLS, SMB, ECP, HPNo closed season for all species except salmon and smelt*Daily limit of 2 brook trout through the ice.
Androscoggin RiverDummer to BerlinWheeler 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 BerlinEBT, RT, BT, LLS, SMB, ECP, HPJan. 1 throughOct. 15Brown trout may be taken any time of day or night during the open season.
Androscoggin RiverBerlin to ShelburneSawmill Dam in Berlin to ME/NH boundaryEBT, RT, BT, LLS, SMB, ECP, HPNo closed season for all speciesSingle barbless hook, artificial lures/fliesCatch-and-release all species.
Ashuelot RiverSurrySurry Mountain ReservoirRT, BT, SMB, LMB, ECP, HP, BCNo closed season for all species except salmon and smelt*Daily limit of 2 brook trout through the ice.
Ashuelot River, South BranchTroy to SwanzeyMarlborough Road bridge in Troy to Richmond Road bridge in East SwanzeyEBT, BTJan. 1 throughOct. 15Fly-fishing onlyDaily limit for brook trout 2 fish.
Bellamy RiverMadburyBellamy ReservoirEBT, RT, LMB, ECP, HP, BCNo closed season for all species except salmon and smelt*Daily limit of 2 brook trout through the ice.
Blackwater RiverSalisbury to AndoverThe Bays and Cilleyville BogRT, BTNo closed season for all species except salmon and smelt*Daily limit of 2 brook trout through the ice.
Carroll StreamWhitefield to CarrollUpstream of its confluence with Airport Pond in WhitefieldEBTJan. 1 throughLabor DaySingle barbless hook, artificial lures/fliesCatch-and-release.Managed for wild trout.
Cocheco RiverRochester to DoverWatson Road dam downstream to head of tideEBT, BT, RT, SMB, ECPOct. 16 to 4th Sat. in April Catch-and-releaseSingle barbless hook, artificial lures/flies4th 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 RiverPittsburgDam at Second CT Lake to upstream side of logging bridge on Magalloway RoadEBT, LLSJan. 1 throughOct. 15Fly-fishing onlyCatch-and-release.
Connecticut RiverPittsburgFrom Magalloway Rd bridge to inlet at Green Point on First CT LakeEBT, LLSJan. 1 throughOct. 15Fly-fishing onlyDaily limit for brook trout is 2 fish.
Connecticut RiverPittsburgFirst CT Lake dam to the signs on Lake FrancisEBT, RT, BT, LLSJan. 1 throughOct. 15Fly-fishing onlyDaily limit for brook trout is 2 fish; minimum length 12 inches.
Connecticut RiverPittsburgMurphy Dam to NH/VT borderEBT, RT, BT, LLSJan. 1 to 4th Sat. in April: Catch-and-releaseJan. 1 to 4th Sat. in April: Single barbless hook, artificial lures/flies4th Sat. in April to Oct. 15 — Daily limit for brook trout 5 fish or 5 lbs. All legal methods.See also NH-VT Interstate Rules onInterstate Waters.
Connecticut RiverSee NH-VT Interstate Rules on Interstate Waters.
Contoocook RiverRindge to HennikerContoocook Lake downstream to area marked with signs and wire in West HennikerEBT, RT, BT, SMB, LMB, ECP, HP, WP, BC, BGNo closed season for all species except salmon and smelt*Daily limit of 2 brook trout through the ice.
Contoocook RiverHennikerFrom 2,500 ft. above former paper mill dam in West Henniker, marked by signs and wire, upstream 1 mile to a point marked by signs and wireEBT, RT, BT, SMB, LMB, ECP, HP, WP, BC, BGJan. 1 throughNov. 30Flies and single hook artificial lures with no more than 3 pointsDaily limit for brook trout is 2 fish; minimum length 12 inches.
Contoocook RiverHennikerFrom 2,500 ft. above former paper mill dam in West Henniker, to confluence with Merrimack RiverEBT, RT, BT, SMB, LMB, ECP, HP, WP, WLE, BC, BGNo closed season for all species except salmon and smelt*Daily limit of 2 brook trout through the ice
Dead Diamond RiverSecond College GrantFrom confluence of Swift Diamond River downstream to Magalloway RiverEBT, SMBJan. 1 to Sept. 30Single barbless hook, artificial lures/fliesCatch-and-releaseNo limits for black bass
Dead Diamond RiverSecond College GrantHeadwaters to confluence with Swift Diamond RiverEBTJan. 1 to Sept. 30Daily limit of 5 brook trout or 5 lbs. All legal methods
Ellis RiverJacksonFrom the covered bridge in Jackson to Iron Railroad Bridge in GlenEBT, RTJan. 1 throughOct. 15Fly-fishing onlyDaily limit for brook trout is 2 fish
Exeter RiverBrentwood to ExeterDownstream side of the Cross Road bridge to Route 111 bridgeEBT, RT, BT, BC, LMB, ECPOct. 16 to 4th Saturday in April: Catch-and-releaseSingle barbless hook, artificial lures/flies4th 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 RiverSandown to ExeterFrom Route 121-A to the Pickpocket Dam and from Route 111 to the Squamscott RiverEBT, RT, BT, BC, LMB, ECPNo closed season for all species except salmon and smelt*Daily limit of 2 brook trout through the iceClosed 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 BrookHollisAll sectionsEBTJan. 1 throughLabor DaySingle barbless hook, artificial lures/fliesCatch-and-releaseManaged for wild trout
Gulf BrookChesterfieldAll sectionsEBTJan. 1 throughLabor DaySingle barbless hook, artificial lures/fliesCatch-and-releaseManaged for wild trout
Isinglass RiverBarrington to RochesterFrom Route 125 bridge downstream to confluence with Cocheco RiverEBT, RTOct. 16 to 4th Sat. in April Catch-and-releaseSingle barbless hook, artificial lures/flies4th Sat. in April to Oct. 15 daily limit for brook trout 5 fish or5 lbs. All legal methods.No closed season for all species except salmon and smelt
Lamb Valley BrookSecond College GrantAll sectionsEBTJan. 1 throughLabor DaySingle barbless hook, artificial lures/fliesCatch-and-releaseManaged for wild trout
Lamprey RiverRaymond to DurhamRaymond/Deerfield town line to Wiswall DamEBT, RT, BT, LMB, SMB, ECPNo closed season for all species except salmon and smelt*Daily limit of 2 brook trout through the ice
Lamprey RiverDurhamWiswall Dam to first railroad trestle downstream of Packers FallsEBT, RT, BT, LMB, SMB, ECP, BG, BCOct. 16 to 4th Sat. in April Catch-and-releaseSingle barbless hook, artificial lures/flies4th 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 RiverDurhamWiswall Dam areaClosed 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 RiverDurham to NewmarketFrom first railroad trestle downstream of Packers Falls to head of tideEBT, RT, BT, LMB, SMP, ECP, BG, BCNo closed season for all species except salmon and smelt*Daily limit of 2 brook trout through the ice
Long Mountain BrookOdell to StratfordAll sectionsEBTJan. 1 throughLabor DaySingle barbless hook, artificial lures/fliesCatch-and-releaseManaged for wild trout
Loomis Valley BrookSecond College GrantAll sectionsEBTJan. 1 throughLabor DaySingle barbless hook, artificial lures/fliesCatch-and-releaseManaged for wild trout
Lost RiverWoodstockFrom 100 ft. above parking area entrance bridge to 100 ft below last footbridge in Lost River GorgeClosed to all fishing
Lyman BrookColumbiaFrom headwaters to the upper bridge on Meriden Hill Road in ColumbiaEBT, RT, BTJan. 1 throughLabor DaySingle barbless hook, artificial lures/fliesCatch-and-releaseManaged for wild trout
Magalloway RiverSecond College Grant, Wentworth Location, ErrolNH sections downstream to boundary line at 44.795602°N -071.062732°W to 44.795602°N -071.061793°W using WGS84 map datumEBTJan. 1 to Sept. 30No limits for black bass
Mascoma RiverEnfield to LebanonFrom Route 4 bridge south of Mascoma Lake Dam downstream to the covered bridgeEBT, RT, BTJan. 1 throughOct. 15Fly-fishing onlyDaily limit for brook trout is 2 fish
Meadow BrookSharonAll sectionsEBTJan. 1 throughLabor DaySingle barbless hook, artificial lures/fliesCatch-and-releaseManaged for wild trout
Merrimack RiverFranklin to Mass. border (except closed sections)All sectionsEBT, RT, BT, SMB, LMB, ECP, HP, WP, WLE, BC, BGNo closed season for all species except salmon and smelt*Daily limit of 2 brook trout through the iceFrom Garvins Falls Dam downstream to the N.H./Mass. border, all salmon caught shall be immediately released.
Merrimack RiverBowGarvin Falls Dam from canal wall, including fish bypass plunge pool, to a point 300 ft. downstream to main riverClosed to all fishing
Merrimack RiverManchesterUpstream 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 entranceClosed to all fishing
Merrymeeting RiverNew DurhamMerrymeeting Lake Dam to 200 ft below Powder Mill HatcheryClosed to all fishing
Merrymeeting RiverNew Durham to AltonFrom 200 ft. below Powder Mill Hatchery to lower dam at AltonLMB, ECP, HP, WPNo closed season for all species except salmon and smelt*Daily limit of 2 brook trout through the ice
Merrymeeting RiverAltonFrom lower dam at Alton to Route 11 bridge at Alton BayLLS, RT, LMB, SMB, ECP, WP, HPJan. 1 through October 31Jan. 1 –June 15and Oct. 1–31 fly-fishing only, barbless hooks, catch-and-releaseJune 16 – Sept. 30 combined daily limit for trout and salmon is 2 fish, min length 15 inches, min length lake trout 18 inchesOpen season as stated, except smelt
Nashua RiverHollis to NashuaFrom MA/NH border to Mine Falls Dam in NashuaSMB, LMB, ECP, HP, BC, BGNo closed season for all species except salmon and smelt*Daily limit of 2 brook trout through the ice
Nashua RiverNashuaJackson Mills Dam 200 ft. above to 200 ft. belowClosed to all fishing
Nashua RiverNashuaMines Falls Dam to 200 ft. belowClosed to all fishing
Nashua RiverNashuaBelow Mine Falls Dam to confluence with Merrimack RiverSMB, LMB, ECP HP, BC, BGNo closed season for all species except smeltDaily limit of 2 brook trout through the iceAll salmon caught shall be immediately released
Newfound RiverBristolArea between West Shore Road and dam adjacent to Crescent StEBT, RT, LLSJan. 1 through October 31Fly-fishing only Jan. 1 – Oct. 31Jan. 1 – March 31 daily limit for trout 2 fish and all salmon immediately released;April 1 –Sept. 30combined daily limit for trout/salmon is 2 fishOct. 1–31 barbless hooks only, catch-and-release all fish
Pemigewasset RiverHeadwaters to BristolHeadwaters to Route 104 bridge in BristolEBT, RTJan. 1 through October 15This waterbody, and its tributaries to the first upstream dam, shall be closed to the taking of salmon
Pemigewasset RiverBristolFrom Route 104 bridge to Ayers Island DamEBT, RTNo closed season for all species except smelt*Daily limit of 2 brook trout through the ice
Pemigewasset RiverBristolFrom Ayers Island Dam 300 ft. downstreamClosed to all fishing
Pemigewasset RiverBristol to FranklinFrom 300 ft. below Ayers Island Dam to the Eastman Falls Dam in FranklinEBT, BT, RTNo closed season for all species except smelt*Daily limit of 2 brook trout through the ice
Pemigewasset RiverFranklinFrom Eastman Falls Dam 150 ft. downstreamClosed to all fishing
Pemigewasset RiverFranklinFrom 150 ft. below Eastman Falls Dam to the confluence of Winnipesaukee RiverEBT, BT, RTNo closed season for all species except salmon and smelt*Daily limit of 2 brook trout through the ice
Perry StreamPittsburgHappy Corner Bridge to Connecticut RiverEBT, RT, BT, LLSJan. 1 throughOct. 15Fly-fishing onlyDaily limit for brook trout is 2 fish
Piscataquog RiverGoffstownHowe Bridge to Glen LakeEBT, RT, BTNo closed season for all species except salmon and smelt*Daily limit of 2 brook trout through the ice
Piscataquog River, South BranchNew BostonFrom 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 BostonEBT, RT, BTJune 16 – Oct. 15October 16 – June 15 Catch-and-release single barbless hook artificial flies and luresJune 16 – October 15 daily limit for brook trout is 5 fish or 5 lbs
Piscataquog RiverManchesterFrom Kellys Falls Dam to confluence with the Merrimack RiverSMB, LMB, ECP, HP, BC, BG, RT, BTNo closed season for all species except smeltDaily limit of 2 brook trout through the iceAll salmon caught shall be immediately released
Pond BrookOdell to StratfordAll sectionsEBTJan. 1 throughLabor DaySingle barbless hook, artificial lures/fliesCatch-and-releaseManaged for wild trout
Powwow RiverKingstonAll sectionsSMB, LMB, ECP, HP, BCNo closed season for all species except salmon and smelt*Daily limit of 2 brook trout through the ice
Saco RiverConwayLucy Brook downstream to confluence with Artist Falls BrookEBT, BTJan. 1 throughOct. 15Fly-fishing onlyDaily limit for brook trout is 2 fish
Saco RiverHart’s LocationCrawford Notch State Park dam at Willey House historical site upstream to where Saco River enters Willey PondEBTJan. 1 throughOct. 15Closed to all fishing except children 12 and under
Sand BrookHillsboroughAll sectionsEBTJan. 1 throughLabor DaySingle barbless hook, artificial lures/fliesCatch-and-releaseManaged for wild trout
Soucook RiverLoudon to PembrokeFrom Loudon Village Dam to confluence with the Merrimack RiverSMB, LMB, ECP, HP, BC, BG, RT, BTNo closed season for all species except smeltDaily limit of 2 brook trout through the iceAll salmon caught shall be immediately released
Souhegan RiverNew Ispwich to WiltonFrom 300 ft upstream of green bridge on Old Wilton Road in Greenville to 300 ft downstream of Route 31 bridge in WiltonEBT, RT, BTJune 16 – Oct. 15October 16 – June 15 Catch-and-release single barbless hook artificial flies and luresJune 16 – October 15 daily limit for brook trout is 5 fish or 5 lbsAll salmon caught shall be immediately released
Souhegan RiverNew Ipswich to MerrimackAll sectionsATSJan. 1 – Oct. 15All salmon caught shall be immediately released
Sucker BrookAuburnFrom dam in Auburn Village downstream to Lake MassabesicLMB, SMB, HP, ECPNo closed season for all species except salmon and smelt*Daily limit of 2 brook trout through the ice
Sugar RiverNewportKellyville Bridge to theso-called Oak Street BridgeEBT, RT, BTJan. 1 throughNov. 30Fly-fishing onlyDaily limit for brook trout is 2 fish
Suncook RiverBarnstead to Allenstown/PembrokeFrom Route 126 bridge in Barnstead downstream to China Mill Dam in Allenstown/PembrokeEBT, RT, BT, SMB, LMB, ECP, BCNo closed season for all species except salmon and smelt*Daily limit of 2 brook trout through the ice
Suncook RiverAllenstown/PembrokeFrom China Mill Dam down to confluence with the Merrimack RiverEBT, RT, BT, SMB, LMB, ECP, BCNo closed season for all species except smeltDaily limit of 2 brook trout through the iceAll salmon caught shall be immediately released
Swift RiverSandwich to TamworthFrom Route 113A bridge downstream to Route 113 bridgeEBT, RTJan. 1 throughOct. 15Fly-fishing onlyDaily limit for brook trout is 2 fish
Swift Diamond RiverDixville, Dix’s Grant, Second College GrantHeadwaters downstream to confluence with Dead Diamond RiverEBTJan. 1 to Sept. 30Daily limit of 5 brook trout or 5 lbs. All legal methods
Taylor RiverHampton FallsWest of Route 95LMB, ECP, HPNo closed season for all species except salmon and smelt*Daily limit of 2 brook trout through the ice
Turkey RiverConcordAll sectionsLMB, ECP, HPNo closed season for all species except salmon and smelt*Daily limit of 2 brook trout through the ice
West Branch Mohawk RiverColebrookAll sectionsEBTJan. 1 throughLabor DaySingle barbless hook, artificial lures/fliesCatch-and-releaseManaged for wild trout
Winnipesaukee RiverLaconia to TiltonFrom 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 DamRT, LLS, SMB, WPApril 1 – Sept. 30
Winnipesaukee RiverTilton, Northfield to FranklinFrom Franklin Falls Dam to confluence with Merrimack RiverEBT, RT, BT, SMBNo closed season for all species except smelt*Daily limit of 2 brook trout through the ice
Witches Spring BrookHollisAll sectionsEBTJan. 1 throughLabor DaySingle barbless hook, artificial lures/fliesCatch-and-releaseManaged for wild trout

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