Merrimack River

9 Fishing Charters

Merrimack River Fishing Charters

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Merrimack River: 9 fishing charters available
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(13 reviews)
Newburyport
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
(9 reviews)
Newburyport
trips from $600
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(8 reviews)
Newburyport
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $800
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(22 reviews)
Newburyport
trips from $525
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(5 reviews)
Salisbury
trips from $300
Excellent
4.8 / 5
(14 reviews)
Salisbury
trips from $350
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(24 reviews)
Newburyport
trips from $700
Excellent
4.6 / 5
(42 reviews)
Newburyport
trips from $650
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(24 reviews)
Newburyport
trips from $750

Frequently Asked Questions about Fishing Charters in Merrimack River

According to customer reviews, 30 Fathom Charters, Eastern Ambitions Saltwater Guides, and Day-off Charters – Adventures Tailored to You are some of the most popular fishing charters in Merrimack River. Full list of top fishing charters in Merrimack River.

The average price for a private 4 hour Merrimack River fishing trip is $625, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $1,059 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

30 Fathom Charters, Eastern Ambitions Saltwater Guides, and Day-off Charters – Adventures Tailored to You all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Merrimack River.

The most popular fish species you can target are Striped Bass, Haddock, and Cod. Top fishing techniques include Bottom Fishing, Trolling, and Deep Sea Fishing. Offshore fishing, nearshore fishing, and river fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

Whether you’re an angler from New Hampshire, Massachusetts, or any other place on the East Coast, chances are that fishing the Merrimack River is on your to-do list. And how can it not be, when it boasts everything a fisherman wants? We’re talking about an excellent fish population and waters that only get clearer every year.
 
If you’re coming to this watershed, you’ve probably set your sights on lunker Striped Bass, the most popular catch on the river. Carp, Atlantic Salmon, and Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass follow close behind, as well as a variety of Trout that call these waters home. Fishing is usually open from January to mid-October, though some areas and species have special seasonality.
 
The best fishing spots are usually accessible by boat, so hiring a local guide to lead the way is always a good idea. Trips on offer vary from 4–9 hours, so it all depends on how much time you’d like to spend on the water.
 
The river is over 115 miles long, so there’s a wide array of fishing spots to choose from. If you’re fishing with a charter, you’ll probably start in Newburyport, Salisbury, Nashua, or Manchester.
 
Wherever you cast your line, from central New Hampshire to coastal Massachusetts, rest assured that fishing the Merrimack River will be a blast!
 

Rules & Regulations

Local fishing charters cover all the necessary gear and licenses. Because Merrimack River flows through two states, some regulations and catch limits vary, but your guide will inform you about everything you need to know.

Merrimack River
Excellent
4.6 / 5
Based on 27742 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

January

It’s cold in both New Hampshire and Massachusetts, so if you’re brave enough to hit the water, you’ll be rewarded with some Trout and Bass. Just remember to dress for the weather!

February

It’s still chilly out there, but that shouldn’t discourage you, because it doesn’t discourage Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass from biting. In some parts of the river, you can also target Trout.

March

You can almost smell spring in the air, and with spring comes top-notch fishing. These days, you can target Carp, Bass, and Trout, as well as Atlantic Salmon in the Massachusetts section of the Merrimack.

April

If you live in Massachusetts and you’re in the mood for excellent Trout fishing, we’ve got good news!  The Merrimack’s Trout season opens in April. Meanwhile, the season for Atlantic Salmon is open in New Hampshire. Carp and Bass are available all over the river.

May

Take your pick of what you’d like to target this month – Salmon, Trout, Carp, and Bass are all in the cards. Mid-May marks the return of mighty Striped Bass that are officially entering the river, hungry and ready to fight.

June

This is one of the best months for fishing the Merrimack River! Stripers are strictly catch-and-release until mid-month, and if you’d like a mixed bag, Carp, Salmon, and other Bass species are active all over the river.

July

Come July, the whole river is your playground. Whether you’re on the water to catch some dinner or you’re looking for your biggest catch yet, you won’t be disappointed.

August
Fishing is still going strong in the middle of the summer, so if you’re in need of some reprieve from the heat, grab your rod and go. Atlantic Salmon, Trout, Carp, Striped Bass, and many others are on the menu.
September
In New Hampshire, Salmon fishing is open until the end of September, so if you’re on that section of the river, make the most of this month. Bass, Carp, and Trout are still very active all over the river.
October

Fall is officially upon us, which means that you should pay extra attention to the closing of the fishing seasons in your parts of the river. Fishing for Carp is open year-round, and Bass are available in Massachusetts.

November

As the days are becoming colder, there aren’t that many anglers on the river. Because the fishing pressure isn’t as strong, you can find some nice Carp and Bass swimming around.

December

The Merrimack River is usually quiet in December, as anglers are putting their rods away for the holidays. If you still find the time to get out, you can expect some Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass, as well as Carp.

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September fishing is hit or miss but Captain Paul put us onto some big blue fish and we had a great day of it.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
September fishing is hit or miss but Captain Paul put us onto some big blue fish and we had a great day of it.
Jason  R.
Jason R. Raynham, MA
Make sure you dress appropriately. You can always take clothes off. Also you never know fog and mist conditions once your on the water so bring a rain/windbreaker type jacket. That being said be prepared for sun. Doesn't take long on the water to burn. Bring some snacks and hydrating beverages as well as your cocktails. Have fun and enjoy the day on the water if the fish or biting or not. It is what it is nature does what it wants. Cheers
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Make sure you dress appropriately. You can always take clothes off. Also you never know fog and mist conditions once your on the water so bring a rain/windbreaker type jacket. That being said be prepared for sun. Doesn't take long on the water to burn. Bring some snacks and hydrating beverages as well as your cocktails. Have fun and enjoy the day on the water if the fish or biting or not. It is what it is nature does what it wants. Cheers
Gregory  H.
Gregory H. Westford, MA

On The Side Charters
On The Side Charters
Fishing charter in Newburyport
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(22 reviews)
My group and I had an amazing time even though we had no luck at all. The Captain tried everything he could to get us at least something but even without catching anything my group just enjoyed the time with the Captain.
Caleb  P.
Caleb P.
Eastern Ambitions Saltwater Guides
Eastern Ambitions Saltwater Guides
Fishing charter in Newburyport
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(9 reviews)
My family and I had a great trip with Captain Patrick and crew! Would recommend to anyone.
Michael  D.
Michael D. Nashua, NH
Polaris Charters
Polaris Charters
Fishing charter in Newburyport
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(24 reviews)
What an absolutely perfect experience. The captain could not have been any better, and the experience was a perfect 10. Highly recommend.
Drew  T.
Drew T. Bedford, NH
30 Fathom Charters
30 Fathom Charters
Fishing charter in Newburyport
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(13 reviews)
Bought this trip for my 10 year old grandson and his mom. They had the greatest trip! David lives to fish and this boat made sure he had a great time, I would highly recommend!
Pat  L.
Pat L. St. Cloud, MN
30 Fathom Charters
30 Fathom Charters
Fishing charter in Newburyport
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(13 reviews)
Anna and Kristian made the day of the decade for my nephew. I can’t thank them enough. They pivoted at multiple turns to make sure everyone had a top notch fishing experience. It couldn’t have been a better trip
Stephanie  R.
Stephanie R. Newbury Old Town, Massachusetts
Eastern Ambitions Saltwater Guides
Eastern Ambitions Saltwater Guides
Fishing charter in Newburyport
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(9 reviews)
Great crew. They know their stuff and put you on the fish. Can’t wait to book the next trip.
Edward  G.
Edward G. Candia, NH
30 Fathom Charters
30 Fathom Charters
Fishing charter in Newburyport
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(13 reviews)
Great Experience!!! Kristian and Anna are great. Super friendly and knowledgeable. Great trip!!
Megan  M.
Megan M. Homewood, IL
F/V Emme Fisheries
F/V Emme Fisheries
Fishing charter in Newburyport
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(24 reviews)
If your looking for a great experience this is the place to book. Very knowledgeable about the areas we fished and extremely helpful first mate. Would highly recommend the Emme
Moses  M.
Moses M.
Tight Lines Fishing
Tight Lines Fishing
Fishing charter in Salisbury
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(14 reviews)
Captain John and his son, Diego were great guides on the water. Very knowledgeable and helpful when it comes to fishing and boating. Would recommend to anyone looking for a relaxing and fun fishing experience. We caught 2 blue fin and two strip bass on our trip! We will be back next time we’re in Boston.
Jessi  A.
Jessi A.
Eastern Ambitions Saltwater Guides
Eastern Ambitions Saltwater Guides
Fishing charter in Newburyport
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(9 reviews)
Crew was great and had a wonderful experience. My sons and I are seasoned fresh water anglers and these guys took us under their wing to show us how to be proficient salt water fishermen. Would 100% recommend to anyone.
Jeff  A.
Jeff A.
Eastern Ambitions Saltwater Guides
Eastern Ambitions Saltwater Guides
Fishing charter in Newburyport
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(9 reviews)
Two dads two teenage sons. Great day fishing the mouth of the Merrimack. Caught plenty of bait fish in 15 min then spent the rest of the day fishing for Stripers. Really knowledgeable, trustworthy, engaged crew. Easy to talk to whether about fishing or other topics which added to the enjoyable day on the water. Communication leading up to our trip was seamless and organized. Will not need to look elsewhere for our next time on the water. Highly recommend these guys.
Steve  D.
Steve D. Tewksbury, MA
Tight Lines Fishing
Tight Lines Fishing
Fishing charter in Salisbury
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(14 reviews)
Me, my dad, and my 11yo son had a blast fishing with captain John. He put us on fish and my son got to bag his first striper. The boat and gear is top notch and John is great with kids.
Ross  G.
Ross G. New York, New York
30 Fathom Charters
30 Fathom Charters
Fishing charter in Newburyport
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(13 reviews)
Great day. Captain had us pulling out 15+ lb blues all morning. He was great with the kids and even helped a stranded boater until the coast guard arrived. Great day. Will definitely go again when we are back next year:
Jeremy  W.
Jeremy W. Leicester, MA
Eastern Ambitions Saltwater Guides
Eastern Ambitions Saltwater Guides
Fishing charter in Newburyport
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(9 reviews)
Awesome day! Captain Pat and First Mate Hugo were amazing! They were very accommodating and knowledgeable. Truly a great day of fishing! I would highly recommend them!!
Jodi  W.
Jodi W. Boston, Massachusetts
Eastern Ambitions Saltwater Guides
Eastern Ambitions Saltwater Guides
Fishing charter in Newburyport
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(9 reviews)
We had a great time on our , captain Pat was great with communicating with us getting us where we needed. Kids had fun even catching the bait, would book with them again for sure!
Robin  B.
Robin B. Corfu, New York
On The Side Charters
On The Side Charters
Fishing charter in Newburyport
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(22 reviews)
Very good experience. Capt Jonathan accommodated us in a short notice booking. We managed to get on the fish and had a great time. Local and knowledgeable Capt from the immediate area. I would recommend this booking.
Ken  L.
Ken L. Walpole, Massachusetts
Polaris Charters
Polaris Charters
Fishing charter in Newburyport
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(24 reviews)
great fishing, great captain....save yourself time and just book a trip with Captain Jim!
Joe  L.
Joe L. Mechanicville, NY
On The Side Charters
On The Side Charters
Fishing charter in Newburyport
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(22 reviews)
Great time and A great way to start the day. Will be back soon. Thank you for all of us.
David  A.
David A. Manchester, NH
Polaris Charters
Polaris Charters
Fishing charter in Newburyport
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(24 reviews)
Captain Jim was amazing and a true professional at fishing. We reeled in a comparably large striper bass, which was a amazing experience. I would strongly recommend Captain Jim.
Fleta  Y.
Fleta Y. New York, New York
30 Fathom Charters
30 Fathom Charters
Fishing charter in Newburyport
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(13 reviews)
Very knowledgeable captain. Lot of fun fishing. Everyone on board caught at least one fish. Can't wait to get back out with him again.
Bill  M.
Bill M. North Brookfield, MA