Recreational Saltwater Fishing
Fish coastal New Hampshire, where the cold blue Atlantic Ocean meets the rocky shoreline, and the "big ones" are just waiting for a bite. Striped bass are by far the most sought after saltwater fish in our coastal waters, but you can also bring home bluefish, flounder or mackerel.
SALTWATER FISHING LICENSE REQUIREMENT
All persons age 16 and older recreationally fishing in coastal and estuarine waters of the state must purchase a NH Saltwater Recreational Fishing License. This includes anglers, spearfishers and persons using other gear types who wish to take, possess, or transport marine finfish for personal use and which are not sold.
- Marine Recreational Information Program (MRIP) How does Fish and Game monitor the effort and success of our coastal anglers?
- Help us collection fishing information - Report your catch online with the Striped Bass Volunteer Angler Survey (SBVAS)
- NH Saltwater Recreational Fishing License
- Research, Resources and Reports
Links of Interest
- Circle Hooks: Reduce catch-and-release mortality
- Coastal boating & shore fishing access sites - DES brochure listing access sites, from boat ramps to beaches (2007)
- Fish Fact Sheets
- NH Licensed Charter and Party Boats
- NH Weekly Fishing Report (April - September)
- NOAA Marine weather forecast
- Party-boat fishing off the New Hampshire coast (from NH Wildlife Journal Magazine)
- Saltwater fish consumption guidelines for NH
- Shoreline Striped Bass Hot Spots (from NH Wildlife Journal Magazine)