If you’re planning on going fishing in New Hampshire, you might be wondering how many trout you can keep. Well, the answer isn’t as simple as a specific number. It all depends on various factors such as the type of trout, the location of your catch, and the season.
Here’s a breakdown of the rules and regulations for keeping trout in New Hampshire:
Types of Trout
In New Hampshire, there are two main types of trout: brook trout and rainbow/brown trout. Brook trout are native to New Hampshire and are found in cold water streams and ponds. Rainbow/brown trout are non-native species that have been introduced to the state’s waters.
If you catch brook trout in designated Wild Trout Management Areas (WTMAs), you can keep up to five fish per day with a minimum length of six inches each. However, if you catch brook trout outside of WTMAs, you can only keep two fish per day with a minimum length of six inches each.
The rules for rainbow/brown trout vary depending on where you catch them. In most waters outside of WTMAs, there is no minimum length limit for rainbow/brown trout. However, the daily limit is five fish combined.
In some areas where rainbow/brown trout are stocked, there may be specific regulations regarding size and daily limits. It’s important to check with the local Fish and Game Department or fishing regulations before heading out.
It’s also important to note that there are seasonal regulations for keeping trout in New Hampshire. From October 16th through the end of February, all waters in New Hampshire are designated as “catch-and-release only” for all species of fish including brook and rainbow/brown trout.
In summary, the number of trout you can keep in New Hampshire depends on various factors such as the type of trout, location, and season. It’s important to familiarize yourself with the rules and regulations before heading out to fish.
Remember to always follow ethical fishing practices and be mindful of the environment around you. Happy fishing!