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New Rules in Effect for Striped Bass and Bluefish Anglers

Concord, NH – Rule changes governing the harvest of striped bass and bluefish went into effect on January 30, 2020. These changes created a slot-size limit for striped bass and a lowered daily possession limit for bluefish, in addition to the required use of non-offset circle hooks when angling for both of these species. For a comprehensive list of rules applying to striped bass and bluefish fishing visit https://www.wildlife.state.nh.us/legislative/proposed-rules.html.

Specific changes to the harvest of striped bass and bluefish include the following:

Length limit for striped bass is now within the slot-size limit of no less than 28 inches and up to 35 inches in total length.
Possession/angling limit of bluefish is now 3 fish per day unless angling from a licensed for-hire boat from which 5 bluefish per day is allowed.
Requirement to only use corrodible non-offset circle hooks when using bait while fishing for either striped bass or bluefish.

The N.H. Fish and Game Department is the guardian of the state’s fish, wildlife and marine resources and their habitats. Learn more at www.wildnh.com/marine.