Fishing Regulations


Buying a license

Fishing and hunting licenses, valid Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 of each year, may be purchased online via, from license agents, Fish and Game Department headquarters in Concord, Fish and Game Region 1, 2 and 4 offices and some town or city clerks. The license must be carried on your person when fishing and/or hunting.

Lost licenses

Lost licenses can be replaced at Fish and Game’s Concord headquarters, or at the license agency that issued the original license. The cost of a duplicate license is $6.00 per license form.


A fishing license is not required for children under the age of 16 (RSA 214:2).

Residency requirements

To obtain a license at resident rates, the person must present to the issuing agent a valid New Hampshire driver’s license or non-driver’s picture identification card issued by the NH Department of Safety, Div. of Motor Vehicles. Whenever the applicant is under 18 years of age, the parent or guardian of the applicant shall be a resident and present their valid NH driver’s license or non-driver’s picture identification.

Note: Any person who is no longer a legal resident of the state, but still retains a valid NH driver’s license, is guilty of a misdemeanor if he/she tries to obtain a resident fishing, hunting or trapping license based on this driver’s license.

Ice Fishing

Ice fishing in most New Hampshire lakes and ponds begins at “ice-in” and ends at “ice-out.” Depending on the weather and ice safety, this “season” can be from late December through mid-April. These types of waters support mostly warm water fish populations, including perch, pickerel, black crappie and bass, with a few waters providing opportunities to catch brook, rainbow or brown trout through the ice. For specific bag limits for certain species, see Lakes & Ponds: General Rules on page 15. Waters managed for lake trout and/or salmon have a defined season of January 1 through March 31. Remember – salmon may not be taken through the ice. Designated trout ponds are closed to ice fishing.

On most NH waters, the general rule is 6 ice fishing devices (lines) per person when ice fishing, with the following exceptions:

  • Ice anglers are limited to 5 lines while ice fishing on NH-Maine border waters, except Great East Lake, which has a 2-line limit.
  • Only 2 ice fishing devices (lines) per angler are allowed when fishing the designated lake trout and salmon lakes.
  • Hooks used for bait while ice fishing must have only a single hook with a single hook point per ice fishing device.
  • Bob houses must be removed from public waters, public property or private property no later than April 1. The owner’s name and address shall be plainly marked on the bob house and shall have 12 square inches of reflective material half-way up on the outside of each side.

Echo Lake- Franconia Notch

Brook Trout

From I-93 N toward Littleton.

Take the RT-18 exit, EXIT 34C, toward Echo Lake Beach/Peabody Slopes/Cannon Mtn

Turn left onto RT-18/Franconia Rd/Profile Rd.

[1-199] Franconia Mountains Road


Profile Lake- Franconia Notch

Brook Trout- fly fishing only (special regulations)

From I-93 N toward Littleton.

Take EXIT 34B toward Cannon Mountain Tramway/Old Man Historic Site.

Turn left onto Tramway Dr

Merge onto I-93 S/Franconia Notch Pky/US-3 S via the ramp on the left.


Russell Pond- Woodstock

Brook Trout

From I-93 N/Senator Styles Bridges Hwy toward Littleton.

Take the Tripoli Rd. exit, EXIT 31, toward RT-175.

Turn right onto Tripoli Rd

Turn left onto Russell Pond Rd

Perch Pond-Campton

Brook Trout, Rainbow, White Perch, Hornpout

Take Exit 28 off I-93 onto RT-49/Waterville Rd.

Turn right onto Livermore Rd/RT-175

Turn right to stay on Perch Pond Rd

Peaked Hill Pond- Thornton

(hike in 3 miles)

Brook Trout- Access from Peaked Hill Pond Road limited parking

From I-93 N/Senator Styles Bridges Hwy toward Littleton.

Take the US-3 N exit, EXIT 29, toward Thornton

Turn left onto US-3/Daniel Webster Hwy.

Turn left onto Merrill Access Rd.

Turn left.

Hall Pond – Sandwich

Brook Trout, fly fishing only

Take Exit 28 off I-93 and right onto RT-49/Waterville Rd.

Turn slight right onto Sandwich Notch Rd(Portions unpaved).n

Sandwich Notch Rd is 0.3 miles past Chickenboro Rd

If you reach Smarts Brook Rd you’ve gone about 0.7 miles too far

Mad River- Thornton/Waterville

Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout

Take Exit 28 off I-93 onto RT-49/Waterville Rd. Mad River is off RT-49

Pemi River- Campton/Thornton/Plymouth/Woodstock

Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout

Mirror Lake- Thornton/Woodstock

Take I-93 S/Senator Styles Bridges Hwy via the ramp on the left toward Plymouth/Concord.

Take the RT-3 North exit- EXIT 29, in Thornton

Turn left onto RT-3 , heading North, for 4.8 miles

Turn Left onto Mirror Lake Rd. for .5 miles

Public beach and small boat launch on the right.