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New Hampshire Fishing


If your idea of a relaxing getaway is casting a line on smooth waters and reeling in a catch, you’re in luck. You can catch several species in spots like Echo Lake State Park in North Conway. The Granite State has 12,000 miles of rivers and streams, as well as 975 lakes and ponds. Nearly a million rainbow, brook and brown trout, as well as landlocked salmon, are stocked by the NH Fish and Game Department every year.

Children under age 16 do not need a license to fish, so bringing them along can be key to outdoor family fun. New Hampshire even has an annual Free Fishing Day twice a year. You can fish any fresh or salt water in N.H. without a license on those days. This applies to both residents and non-residents. All other fishing regulations apply.

This is New England, so no mention of fishing would be complete without talking about ice fishing. A good pair of insulated boots and long johns are musts when fishing through man-made openings in the frozen water. Layer for protection and don’t forget a warm hat and mittens. Ice fishing season can last from late December through mid-April.

New Hampshire holds a free fishing day that happens twice a year! Anglers of all skill levels can take advantage of Free Fishing Day. Read more about NH Free Fishing Day here!

For more information on New Hampshire fishing, visit http://www.wildlife.state.nh.us/

Frequently Asked Questions about Fishing in New Hampshire

Do I need a license to fish in New Hampshire?

Yes, depending on where you are fishing, you will need to acquire either a freshwater fishing license or a saltwater fishing license. Visit www.fishing.org/licenses/new-hampshire to find out which specific license you need before you and your friends go on a fishing trip!

Where can I purchase a fishing license?

All fishing licenses can be purchased in person or online. To purchase in-person, you will need to visit the New Hampshire Fishing and Games office. If you would like to purchase online, you can purchase your New Hampshire Fishing License through the state’s website located here.

Does my child need a license to fish?

Children under the age of 16 do not need a license. Anyone over the age of 16 is not allowed to assist the child in any way. This includes baiting the hook, casting the line, or taking the fish off the hook.

Does New Hampshire have a Free Fishing Day?

New Hampshire’s Free Fishing Day happens twice a year. The first Free Fishing Day takes place on the third Saturday in January. The second Free Fishing Day takes place on the first Saturday of June.

Can I fish at night in New Hampshire?

With the exception of trout and salmon, fishing for most species is allowed at any hour during the day or at night.


History of Christmas Farm Inn Name

The Inn is not 'Christmas themed' but rather received its name from the gifting of the property at Christmas time – renamed the ‘Christmas Farm’ in honor of the season and spirit of the gift.