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Old 05-16-2018, 12:05 PM
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Default Night fishing is illegal... right?

I've been listening to some fishing podcasts lately, and a topic that sometimes comes up is going after trout at night (often big browns... and usually talking about using mouse flies). I have always thought that freshwater fishing at night is illegal in NH, but I'm a little fuzzy trying to interpret the regs.

I'm looking at the freshwater fishing digest, and it says no taking of trout 2 hours after sunset, and one hour before sunrise (there seem to be a few exceptions by river). But I'm a little confused on the definition of "taking":

Take or Taking: Includes pursuing, shooting,
hunting, killing, capturing, trapping, snaring,
and netting wildlife, and all lesser acts, such as
disturbing, harrying, worrying, wounding, or
placing, setting, drawing, or using any net or
other device commonly used to take wildlife,
whether they result in taking or not. Includes
every attempt to take and every act of assistance
to every other person in taking or attempting
to take wildlife, provided that whenever taking
is allowed by law, reference is had to taking by
lawful means and in a lawful manner.

The list a whole bunch of things that "taking" includes, but "fishing for" isn't in that list, but there seem to be some synonyms for fishing (pursuing, capturing, snaring... etc.).

I think my assumption is that fishing for trout is illegal at night. That's everyone else's interpretation too, right?

What's the reason for nighttime restrictions?

And somewhat related to this (because I was hoping to do this on the andro)... the regs say that from the Errol Dam to the markers at the dead water at Bragg Bay is flyfishing only. I've seen plenty of spin fisherfolk near Mollidgewock state park. But where is that Bragg Bay downstream boundary?
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Old 05-16-2018, 01:59 PM
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The state park is miles south of town. I believe Bragg Bay is a bit below the Rte 26 bridge right there in Errol.
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Old 05-17-2018, 08:48 AM
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It is another of those old laws like closing trout ponds in Oct. that seem to have no real rational reason and no biological basis.
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Old 05-17-2018, 09:24 AM
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I admit that I don’t understand some of the rules in NH.
In Maine you can fish at night. Maine has lots of rules, but prohibiting night fishing isn’t one of them.
This other one only applies if you’re keeping fish. In NH you can’t continue to fish after you’ve caught your limit, even to release additional fish. In Maine you can.
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Old 05-17-2018, 10:13 AM
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The state park is miles south of town. I believe Bragg Bay is a bit below the Rte 26 bridge right there in Errol.
ah... so my hope that it this Bragg Bay was downstream of Mollidgewock is dashed.

Also, it would be nice if when the regs reference named landmarks that they provide a map of where these landmarks actually are. I haven't searched through the regs beyond the freshwater digest, so maybe maps are in there (I'm not hopeful though).
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Old 05-17-2018, 02:15 PM
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In NH you can’t continue to fish after you’ve caught your limit, even to release additional fish. In Maine you can.
Not enforced at all. Everyone does it.
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Old 05-17-2018, 02:41 PM
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Everyone does it.
'Everyone does it' never worked very well with my mother when I was a kid.

I doubt it would work if some CO decided to enforce the rule today.
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Old 05-17-2018, 07:24 PM
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'Everyone does it' never worked very well with my mother when I was a kid.

I doubt it would work if some CO decided to enforce the rule today.
If you want to be the only one that does it by all means go ahead. I don't keep fish so it doesn't pertain to me but I see it all the time.
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Old 05-17-2018, 07:41 PM
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I would double check the rules in Maine on Night Fishing. I think that at least some places are close to NH
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Old 05-18-2018, 07:00 AM
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I would double check the rules in Maine on Night Fishing. I think that at least some places are close to NH
This is the Maine general rule.
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Night Fishing: Except as otherwise provided by rule, all waters open to fishing are open to fishing 24 hours a day. All lines must be under the immediate supervision of the person who set them (Open Water Fishing - Title 12, §12652, Ice Fishing - Title 12, §12659-A).
Exception: All lines set through the ice at night for cusk must be checked at least once every hour by the person who set them (Title 12, §12659-A-4).
As you say, there are lots of places in Maine with 'Special Rules'. You really have to check each pond/stream to see if there's a special rule for it.
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