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Discover the Most Common Fish Found in New Hampshire

Whether you fancy yourself a tried and true angler or you simply love passing the time with a bit of fishing line in the water, spending your free time fishing is one of the best ways to relax, get outside and enjoy the natural beauty found in New Hampshire. With the warm weather finally here, there’s no better time to get out and try your hand at fishing than when New Hampshire offers free fishing day, which occurs twice a year. If you’re ready to cast a few lines and spend the day trying to get the biggest catch, be sure to check out our list of the most common (and hopefully the most plentiful) types of fish to look out for on the big day.

Look Out for These Common Fish Found in New Hampshire

Whether you plan on sticking close to our continuing care retirement community or want to make a day trip out of it, the team at Havenwood Heritage Heights wants our residents to have every advantage when out on the water. Depending on where you choose to fish, be on the lookout for some of the common fish found throughout the state.

Popular Cold Water Fish

  • Brook Trout
  • Rainbow Trout
  • Brown Trout
  • Lake Trout
  • Whitefish
  • Landlocked Salmon

Popular Warm Water Fish

  • Smallmouth & Largemouth Bass
  • Pickerel
  • Yellow & White Perch
  • Horned Pout
  • Walleye
  • Northern Pike
  • Black Crappie
  • Bluegill

Saltwater Fish Found in New Hampshire
The state of New Hampshire is home to a healthy and thriving habitat for saltwater fish. Within just 3 miles of the coast, there are a variety of saltwater fish that should be easy to find on Free Fishing Day. Many of these common fish species use both inshore and estuarine waters for spawning and as a nursery habitat, so pay close attention to season dates when saltwater fishing. Some of the most common saltwater fish that can be found in New Hampshire include:

  • American Shad
  • Atlantic Cod
  • Bluefish
  • Haddock
  • Monkfish
  • Summer & Yellowtail Flounder
  • Ocean Pout
  • Cunner
  • and more!

Additionally, there are a handful of different shellfish species that are common to our local inshore waters that may find there way onto your dinner table, including oysters, blue mussels and softshell clams.

Other Common Freshwater Fish

If you’re interested in a special catch for the big day, you’ll be happy to discover that the fresh waters in the state are healthy and plentiful. Whether you’re a catch and release type of person or you’re ready to bring home supper on June 3rd, be sure to keep an eye out for these other freshwater fish too!

Some of the other resident freshwater fish that can be found in New Hampshire include:

  • American Eel
  • Banded Sunfish
  • Channel Catfish
  • Fallfish
  • Sea Lamprey
  • Golden Shiner
  • Spottail Shiner
  • Yellow Bullhead
  • and more!

Nothing can quite kick off the summer months like a day out fishing on the water. Whether you’re simply looking for an excuse to get out and enjoy the weather with friends or you think you’ll finally be able to hook an elusive catch, the team at Havenwood Heritage Heights wants to encourage anyone who is interested to get out and give fishing a try on Free Fishing Day in New Hampshire. If you’d like more official information to prepare for the big day, be sure to visit the New Hampshire Fish and Game website for details.

Interested in other great community events happening around Concord this summer? Whether you’re looking for great activities to fill your social calendar or you’d like to learn more about life in our continuing care retirement community, contact the friendly team at Havenwood Heritage Heights online today for more information!

By Mike Wall