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New Hampshire fishing locations, licensing, regulations are easy to follow

 nhfishinglocations A fishing license is required for anyone 16 years of age and older. Fishing licenses allow the taking of all species in the freshwaters of the state, except Atlantic salmon brood stock. Temporary one-, three- and seven-day fishing licenses are available to non-residents. The dates for intended use will be asked at the time of purchase; the dates must be consecutive. Licenses may be purchased online or from one of many local retail stores.

Licenses are not required for fishing in saltwater unless taking any species of trout, salmon, smelt or shad in any state waters or while fishing through the ice in Great Bay or its tributaries. Fishing seasons vary. For more information visit the state Fish and Game Department website. Find a boat ramp.

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Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

Accessible from many places Durham/Dover, NH Phone: 603-868-1095

Set on 48 miles of coastline, this preserve protects saltmarshes, woodlands, tidal creeks and open fields. It is managed by the NH Fish and Game department. Visitors can enter at Adams Point, and also access the area via the water. Great spot for bird and animal observation.

78 Wadleigh State Park Sutton, NH, 03260 Phone: 603-927-4724

Lake swimming, nice picnic grove, playing fields

Fishing is done at this park. See full description of Wadleigh State Park.

Jimtown Road (off Route 2) Gorham, NH, 03581 Phone: 603-466-3850

Popular for fishing

Fishing is among the most popular sports done at this state park. See full description of Moose Brook State Park

94 State Park Road (Route 16) Tamworth, NH, 03886 Phone: 603-323-7350

Swimming, trout fishing, camping

Trout fishing is done at this park. See full description of White Lake State Park

1166 Diamond Pond Road Stewartstown, NH, 03597 Phone: 603-538-6707

Coleman State Park is on the shores of Little Diamond Pond in Stewartstown. This pond, and nearby streams, offers excellent trout fishing. A boat launch is located within the park; small boats are permitted, but speed is restricted. Rowboats are available for rent. Pets are permitted.

Nash Stream

Off Route 110 to Emerson Road to nash Stream Road Odell, NH Phone: 603-788-4157

More than just one stream, this is actually 40,000 acres of undeveloped land. It's available for public use for hiking, fishing, paddling, hunting, snowmobiling, ATV riding, and cross-country skiing. Camping is not permitted. Information: www.nhdfl.org.

Routes 10 and 25 Haverhill, NH Phone: 603-271-3556

On this plain was the second longest, two-span covered bridge in the United States. Built in 1866, the bridge was destroyed by wind in 1979. Visitors to the area will enjoy the history, plus fishing and canoeing. A boat launch is located in the park.

Hampton State Pier

Off Route 1A Hampton, NH Phone:

Features a fishing pier, and docking for recreational boats. There is a fee for parking. Information: New Hampshire Fish & Game Department at 603-271-3511.

266 Scenic Road (Route 11) Gilford, NH, 03246 Phone: 603-293-7821

Lake swimming and fishing; boat ramp; picnicking

Fresh-water fishing is done at this state park on Lake Winnipesaukee. A boat ramp is available. See full description of Ellacoya State Park

Portsmouth Fish Pier

Pierce Island Portsmouth, NH Phone:

Open year-round, this state pier offers a marina, refrigerated storage, ice, fuel, and a fishing area.

160 Ocean Blvd (Route 1A) Hampton, NH, 03842 Phone: 603-926-3784

Ocean swimming, fishing, RV camping on the shore

Saltwater shore fishing is done from this beach on the Atlantic. See full description of Hampton Beach State Park