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December 30, 2011

New Hampshire Fishing Rule Changes for 2012

2012 Freshwater Fishing Digest

CONCORD, N.H. – Anglers take note: a few new fishing rule changes take effect on January 1, 2012. 

“With the exception of the new rule related to the number of lines allowed while being guided, these rules don’t reflect major statewide changes for anglers,” said Scott Decker, Inland Fisheries Program Supervisor for the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department.  “However, it is important for anglers who fish certain waters to be aware of specific changes affecting those waterbodies.” 

Administrative freshwater fishing rule changes that take effect on January 1, 2012:

  • While anglers are being guided, as defined in RSA 207:1 XII and XIII, and taking freshwater fish by trolling, the number of lines being used for angling must not exceed the total legal number of lines allowed (2 per angler), excluding the guide(s).  For example, if a guide is taking two clients trolling, the group may fish with up to four lines.

  • On the Connecticut River, the daily bag limit for black bass (which includes both smallmouth and largemouth bass) from January 1 to March 31 is now two fish, of which only one bass may be greater than 16 inches.

  • In New Hampshire/Massachusetts border waters, the daily bag limit for black bass from ice-in to ice-out is now two fish, of which only one bass may be greater than 16 inches.

  • In Dublin Lake (Dublin, N.H.), the daily bag limit for trout increases from 3 to 5 fish.

  • Perch Pond (Lisbon, N.H.) is no longer a designated trout pond, so general fishing regulations now apply:  no closed season; ice fishing allowed, with a two-trout bag limit through the ice.

For more information on New Hampshire fishing rules, see the 2012 New Hampshire Freshwater Fishing Digest, available at www.fishnh.com/pubs/fishing.html or fromSport Fish and Wildlife Restoration Program Fish and Game license agents across the state.

Fisheries management in New Hampshire is funded by the federal Sport Fish Restoration Program, supported through the purchase of fishing equipment, motorboat and small engine fuels.  Learn more at www.wildnh.com/SFWR_program/sfwr_program.htm.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is the guardian of the state’s fish, wildlife and marine resources and their habitats.  Visit www.fishnh.com.

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