Bob Harris - OUTDOORS and FREE - January 20, 2012
- NEW HAMPSHIRE FISHING RULE CHANGES for 2012 -
By Bob Harris - 20 January 2012: Although it may soon be time for safe ice-fishing, I’m looking forward to Spring and wonderful fishing weather. To be ready, anglers must be aware of a few new fishing law changes that took effect as of January 1, 2012.
Scott Decker, New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s Inland Fisheries Program Supervisor, said, “With the exception of the new rule related to the number of fishing lines allowed while being guided, these new rules don’t reflect major statewide changes for anglers. However, it is important for anglers who fish certain waters to be aware of the new specific changes affecting those water bodies.”
The new administrative freshwater fishing rule changes that are now in effect are:
1. While anglers are being guided, as defined in RSA 207:1 X11 and X111, taking freshwater fish by trolling, the number of lines being used by anglers must not exceed the total legal number of lines allowed (2 per angler). The guide or guides can not fish. For example, if a guide is taking two clients trolling, the group may fish with up to 4 lines.
2. On the Connecticut River, the daily limit for black bass (which includes both largemouth and smallmouth bass) from January 1 to March 31 is now two fish, of which only one bass may be greater than 16 inches in length.
3. In New Hampshire/Massachusetts border waters, the daily bag limit for black bass from ice-in to ice-out is now two fish, of which only one bass may be greater than 16 inches in length.
4. In Dublin Lake, Dublin, N.H., the daily bag limit for trout has now increased from 3 to 5 fish.
5. Perch Pond (Lisbon, N.H.) is no longer a designated trout pond and general fishing regulations now apply. There is no closed season, ice-fishing is allowed, with a bag limit through the ice of two trout.
For additional information regarding New Hampshire fishing rules, obtain a copy of the 2012 New Hampshire Freshwater Fishing Digest, available from Fish and Game license agents across the state or direct from the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, N.H. 03301.
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