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May 17, 2010     
Public Hearing on 2011 Fishing Rule Proposals on June 16, 2010

CONCORD, N.H. – Freshwater anglers can learn more about and comment on 2011 N.H. fishing rule proposals at a public hearing on Wednesday, June 16, 2010, at 6:30 p.m., at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, N.H. 

Fish and Game is proposing changes to the fishing rules for 2011 to:

  • Adopt definitions for artificial bait, bait, cast of artificial flies, tandem fly, and trolling; amend the definition of fly fishing;

  • Amend a rule on the species of live fish persons are prohibited from having in their possession;

  • Establish different daily bag limits in lakes and ponds and rivers and streams for black bass (also called smallmouth and largemouth bass), taken through the ice and before and after the catch and release period of May 15 to June 15 [NOTE: While this rule pertains to all the bag limits for bass, the only change proposed is for the bag limit/size limit for bass taken through the ice or January 1 to March 31 in rivers and streams];

  • Require a single hook with a single hook point when fishing with bait;

  • Allow only one artificial bait, one fly, one tandem fly or one bait to be used per rod when trolling;

  • Change fishing rules for Clement Pond/Joe Silvia Lake (Hopkinton), Grassy Pond (Rindge), Warren Lake (Alstead), and Gregg Lake (Antrim) so that from ice-in to ice-out, no person can take black bass from 15 to 20 inches long, and the daily limit for black bass is 3 fish, of which only 1 can be larger than 20 inches; and change the rules for Clarksville Pond (Clarksville), Fish Pond (Columbia), Bean Pond (Ossipee), Little Pond (Sandwich) and Hildreth Reservoir (Warren) from trout pond regulations to general fishing regulations. 

  • Open the Pemigewasset River, from the Route 104 Bridge downstream to the Ayers Island Dam, to ice fishing.
  • Restrict the number of weigh-ins a bass tournament may have to one per calendar day;

  • Amend a rule on aquaculture licensees who are stocking trout, to better define the meaning "private manmade farm ponds"; these would now be called "non-public bodies of water that are closed systems";

  • Make several minor changes to requirements for obtaining a bait dealer’s license and record-keeping.

The complete 2011 fishing rulemaking notice, with original and proposed rule language, can be viewed on the Fish and Game website.  Go to and click on "2011 Fishing Rules.”

Written comments must be received by June 28, 2010.  Send to: (use subject line “Comments on 2011 Fishing Rules”); or write to Executive Director, N.H. Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH 03301; or fax to (603) 271-1438.

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