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July 13, 2011    

Public Hearing July 26 on Proposed 2012 Fishing Rules

CONCORD, N.H. -- Proposed changes to the state's freshwater fishing rules for 2012 will be the topic of a public hearing on Tuesday, July 26, 2011, at 6:30 p.m., at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, N.H. 03301.

Items of interest to anglers in the Fish and Game proposal include:

* Adopting a rule specifying that, while being guided and taking freshwater fish by trolling, the number of lines being used for angling shall not exceed the legal number of lines allowed by the anglers, excluding the guide(s).

* Change the following pond restrictions to:
* Increase the trout bag limit on Dublin Lake (Dublin) from 3 fish to 5 fish;
* Change Perch Pond (Lisbon) from a designated trout pond to a general regulation pond;
* Remove the slot limit regulation on Profile Lake (Franconia).

* Amending the rule relative to the taking of black bass through the ice on the Connecticut River and the Massachusetts/New Hampshire interstate waters, bringing them in line with the rest of the state. For the Connecticut River, from January 1 through March 31, anglers may take only two black bass through the ice, and only one bass may be greater than 16 inches.  For the MA/NH interstate waters, these ice-fishing restrictions apply from ice-in to ice-out.

* Defining “kids' derby” as a fishing derby for participants under the age of 16, not 16 or younger.

* Making a slight change to the definition of a “fishing tournament.”

The complete rulemaking notice, with original and proposed rule language, can be viewed on the Fish and Game website. Go to www.wildnh.com/Legislative/Notices_summary.htm and click on “2012 Fishing Rules.”

Written comments must be received by August 8, 2011. Send to: comments@wildlife.nh.gov (put “comment on fishing rules” in subject line); 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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