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

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.

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Fishing Locations in New Hampshire
Hampton Beach State Park - Hampton, NH - Photo Credit NH Division of Travel and Tourism Development
Hampton Beach State Park

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
great bay national estuarine reserve
Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

Discovery Center is 89 Depot Road ; many other access points Greenland, NH Phone: 603-868-1095

This giant tidal bay has a Discovery Center for visitors and lots of access points for fishing and boating. See full description at our New Hampshire science and nature pages.
White Lake State Park-credit-NH Division of Travel and Tourism Development
White Lake 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
Ellacoya State Park at Lake Winnipesaukee

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
Wallis Sands State Park - Rye, NH
Wallis Sands State Park & Beach

1050 Ocean Boulevard (Route 1A) Rye, NH, 03870 Phone: 603-436-9404 Toll-Free: 603-436-9404

Small sandy family beach with lifeguards

Offers a 700-foot beach, fishing areas, and a bathhouse. Lifeguards are on duty. A nice family beach. There is a parking fee.
Mink Brook Nature Preserve Fishing Access

11 Brook Road Hanover, NH Phone: 603-643-3433

Mink Brook Nature Preserve, just south of Hanover and managed by the Hanover conservancy, is a 100-acre nature preserve of white pine and hemlock, and the home of brook trout, bears, and lots of flora. The property has two brooks: Trout Brook, which winds northward to join Mink Brook, and Mink Brook, a tributary of the Connecticut River. Two trails offer a variety of walking terrain. Leashed dogs are allowed. Fishing is permitted; trapping, hunting, and fires are not allowed.
Coleman State Park - Stewartstown, NH
Coleman State Park

1166 Diamond Pond Road Stewartstown, NH, 03576 Phone: 603-237-5382

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 in the campground areas, but not in the lodges.
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.
Moose Brook State Park

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

Moose Brook State Park offers gorgeous scenery and many outdoor activities, water sports, and hiking and biking trails. The variety of the 59 campground sites at Moose Brook State Park makes it a great destination for camping.
Camping information.
Campground map.
See full description of Moose Brook State Park
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.
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.
Wadleigh State Park

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.
Bedell Bridge Historic Site

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.