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Guide To The Thrill Of Fishing For Salmon In New Hampshire

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All about fishing for Atlantic and coho salmon in NH.

Salmon fishing in New Hampshire

NH offers a nice variety of waters for catching salmon. Major lakes including Conway Lake, First Connecticut Lake, Lake Francis, Lake Sunapee, Lake Winnipesaukee, Merrymeeting Lake, Newfound Lake, Ossipee Lake, Paugus Bay, Second Connecticut Lake, Squam Lake, Umbagog Lake and Winnisquam Lake are excellent choices along with the tributary waters flowing into and out of lakes.

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New Hampshire Salmon Fishing

The preferred method for catching salmon is fly fishing. Depending on the activity level, salmon may be caught on wet or dry flies, as well as a variety of other lures and baits.

Atlantic Salmon

Atlantic salmon

World record: 79 lbs 2 oz

State Record: 18 lbs 8 oz

Chinook Salmon

Chinook salmon

World record: 97 lbs 4 oz

State Record: 19 lbs 4 oz

Coho Salmon

Coho salmon

World record: 33 lbs 7 oz

State Record: 16 lbs 3 oz

Click the images and links above for species details.

New Hampshire State Record Salmon

The state record Atlantic salmon was caught from Pleasant Lake.

The state record chinook salmon came from the Exeter River.

The state record coho salmon was caught in the Piscataqua River.

About The Pacific Salmon Family

Pacific Salmon are born in and remain in freshwater streams for the early years of life. The number varies by species. Afterward they migrate to the Pacific Ocean waters where they bulk up and prepare for their once in a lifetime spawning run up the freshwater stream where they were born. They will instinctively return to their birthplace, spawn and die. They are found in the streams which empty into the ocean, and adjoining ocean waters.

The preferred method for catching salmon is fly fishing. Depending on the activity level, salmon may be caught on wet or dry flies. For more details check here for articles about fly fishing.

Salmon Organizations

Atlantic Salmon Federation

Atlantic Salmon Trust

Atlantic Salmon Museum

Pacific Salmon Commission

Pacific Salmon Foundation


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Learn the life cycle of salmon

The more you know about the life cycle and seasonal migration of salmon, the more likely you are to be looking in the right area next time you visit New Hampshire salmon fishing waters. Visit the salmon fishing page for more information about the life cycle of the different species of salmon.

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