New Hampshire anglers are required to get a fishing license before they can legally enjoy fishing for sport in the state. Residents or non residents of the state must purchase a fishing license from the NH Fish and Game Department, appropriate for the kind of fishing that you intend to engage in. The two types of recreational fishing licenses offered by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department include freshwater fishing licenses and saltwater fishing licenses. Residents and nonresidents of New Hampshire can buy a fishing license by submitting a NH fishing license application using one of the methods offered by the Fish and Game Department. Available options for submitting a fishing license applications include online application submissions, applying by mail or in person. To buy fishing licenses online, visit the Fish and Game Department’s license sales website. To buy fishing licenses through the postal service, download and complete the appropriate fishing permit application then send it to the address listed on the form. To buy fishing licenses in person, visit one of the state’s various Fish and Game license agents. Depending on the application method you use, you will be charged a certain transaction fee that may range. For more information on the license available in New Hampshire, take a look at the sections outlined below:
- Freshwater fishing licenses
- Saltwater fishing licenses
New Hampshire Saltwater Fishing Licenses
To buy saltwater fishing license credentials, anglers must first familiarize themselves with the various fishing license options provided by the Fish and Wildlife Department. While many states offer saltwater fishing permits with different lengths of validity, as well as discounts on saltwater licenses depending on your age, New Hampshire has more limited saltwater fishing license options. Saltwater fishing license options in NH include the residential saltwater fishing license and the non resident fishing license. FeesÂ are the same for both of the resident and non resident saltwater deep sea fishing licenses. Both the resident and non resident saltwater fishing licenses are valid for one year and must be renewed annually to remain valid. The Fish and Game Department does not currently offer one-day, three-day or seven-day passes The NH Fish and Game Department does not currently offer senior citizen saltwater fishing license discounts or lifetime fishing licenses. To learn more about the various long-term and discounted NH freshwater license options available through the NH Fish and Game Department, read the section below
New Hampshire Freshwater Fishing License
Anglers can buy freshwater fishing permits instead of saltwater fishing permits if they plan to fish primarily in inland streams, lakes and ponds. All applicants must complete the New Hampshire freshwater fishing license application process in order to receive a freshwater fishing license. Unlike saltwater fishing permits, the NH Fish and Game Department offers a number of freshwater license options with varying validity periods and discounts. New Hampshire’s wildlife department offers five types of freshwater fishing licensesÂ with varying lengths of validity, including:
- One-day fishing licenses.
- Three-day fishing licenses.
- Seven-day fishing licenses.
- One-year fishing licenses.
- Lifetime freshwater fishing permits.
The fees for freshwater fishing licenses vary depending on how long the license is valid for, the age of the applicant and whether or not the applicant is a resident or non resident. One-day fishing licenses and annual fishing licenses are available to both residents and non residents, while three-day and seven-day licenses are only available to non residents. Lifetime fishing licenses are available to residents of New Hampshire only.
Though the Fish and Game Department offers licenses to both residents and nonresidents of the state, the fees for each vary greatly. Residents receive a discount when they buy freshwater fishing licenses, so long as they can provide proof of their residency. A NH driver’s license will often suffice as both proof of residency and identification.
Additionally, senior citizens have the option to buy a New Hampshire senior freshwater fishing permit through the Fish and Game Department. The senior citizen fishing license is only available to residents of New Hampshire who meet the age requirement.