NH Striper Fishing

New Hampshire has plenty of great looking striper fishing water despite it's relatively short 17 miles coastline. It's relatively easy to explore as route 1A runs along the entire coast. I'm almost embarrassed to admit I don't put more time into NH striper fishing and fish more NH locations, especially since I can catch stripers within 1 mile of my office and often do!

Striper fishing in New Hampshire is similar to Maine striper fishing, with lots of rocky structure and some sandy beaches as well. In general the surf is relatively small, in part due to the Isles of Shoals a few miles offshore. Some of the white water breaking off the Isles of Shoals looks like awesome striper water, and I'd love to get close and cast into the white water. I haven't yet, but can guarantee there are fish there!

New Hampshire has two very significant estuary systems that hold lots of striped bass, and big bass at that. The first is the Piscataqua River and Great Bay, where I caught my first fish ever as a small boy growing up in Dover NH, on the Western side. Without a boat you can't get to lot of Great Bay but there is access around the various bridges and a few other spots like Hilton Park. You may not see a lot of fly fisherman off the shore, but it is certainly fly fishable from shore and I've caught many a striper in Great Bay. Great Bay is deep and has massive currents -- stripers love it!

The Hampton Harbor estuary system is the second, and you'll find access spots by driving around, although be warned that nearby Hampton Beach (and it's nice jetty) is a honky tonk drunken party spot with some understandably obnoxious rent a cops to boot. They're not there to hassle fishermen! I'm about a mile away as I write this sitting in my windowless office from a couple of marshy fishing spots that are part of Hampton Harbor estuary system and I often sneak out during the spring or fall for a hour or so of fishing.

The stripers show up in early May in NH, lat year by May 7th. There are fish available throughout most of October, although it gets tough after mid-October as most of the fish have left. The bigger fish show up in June, and I promise to myself to fish some of the beautiful spots I have yet to hit nearby, especially some of the rocky shoreline spots!

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