Merrimack River

7 Fishing Charters

Merrimack River Fishing Charters

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Merrimack River: 7 fishing charters available

Day-off Charters – Adventures Tailored to You

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(4 reviews)
Newburyport
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $800

Tight Lines Fishing

Excellent
4.7 / 5
(8 reviews)
Salisbury
trips from $450

F/V Emme Fisheries

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(20 reviews)
Newburyport
trips from $700

Polaris Charters

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(18 reviews)
Newburyport
trips from $589

On The Side Charters

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(17 reviews)
Newburyport
trips from $525

Lady Suzanne Charters

Excellent
4.7 / 5
(5 reviews)
Salisbury
trips from $300

Hogg Tide Charters

Excellent
4.5 / 5
(36 reviews)
Newburyport
trips from $650

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Merrimack River

The average price for a private 4 hour Merrimack River fishing trip is $601, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $1,051 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

According to customer reviews, Day-off Charters – Adventures Tailored to You, Tight Lines Fishing, and F/V Emme Fisheries are some of the most popular fishing charters in Merrimack River. Full list of top fishing charters in Merrimack River.

Day-off Charters – Adventures Tailored to You, Tight Lines Fishing, and F/V Emme Fisheries 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 Atlantic Mackerel. Top fishing techniques include deep sea fishing, bottom fishing, and trolling. 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
4.3 / 5
Based on 25008 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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Day-off Charters – Adventures Tailored to You
Day-off Charters – Adventures Tailored to You
Fishing charter in Newburyport
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(4 reviews)
We had a half day out of Newburyport. Professional clean and a really fun day!
Darrell  S.
Darrell S. Newburyport, MA
On The Side Charters
On The Side Charters
Fishing charter in Newburyport
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(17 reviews)
We had a wonderful afternoon with Captain Jon aboard the Stand Sure. He literally put us on fish within seconds of dropping the lure in the water. I would highly recommend On The Side Charters and Capt Jon. We look forward to our next visit and booking with him again. Thanks Capt Jon!
Aaron  L.
Aaron L. Fairport, NY
On The Side Charters
On The Side Charters
Fishing charter in Newburyport
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(17 reviews)
Overall we had a great time out. Capt. Jonathan was on top of everything, and provided some great tips on fishing the area. I would definitely recommend On The Side Charters.
Tom  N.
Tom N. Westford, MA
On The Side Charters
On The Side Charters
Fishing charter in Newburyport
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(17 reviews)
Cap’t Jon was amazing! 11/10 would recommend! He was so relaxed and personable and knowledgeable with the area.
Julia  Z.
Julia Z. Waltham, MA
On The Side Charters
On The Side Charters
Fishing charter in Newburyport
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(17 reviews)
Jon was a great guide and his knowledge of the local waters was greatly appreciated. My son in law, grandsons and I had a great time. Landed several good size fish in a short period of time. When a captain enjoys his Chosen profession as much as Jon does, it’s easy to please his party. Nice guy with a good boat. Happy sailing my friend, keep up the great work. I highly recommend a charter with On the side charters. 👍🏻😎🤙 Mr. Brewer
Robert  B.
Robert B. Hampton, New Hampshire
F/V Emme Fisheries
F/V Emme Fisheries
Fishing charter in Newburyport
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(20 reviews)
The trip was perfect! We were greeted at the gate, explained everything we’d do throughout the day and caught plenty of fish. The crew was very helpful and attentive. Can’t say enough great things or rate them highly enough.
Casey  C.
Casey C. North Reading, MA
On The Side Charters
On The Side Charters
Fishing charter in Newburyport
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(17 reviews)
Captain Jon was personable and took care of everything! I felt very safe with him. He is a master seaman for sure! We had so much fun. I would highly recommend him. Plan to book again!
Diane  H.
Diane H. Salem, MA
F/V Emme Fisheries
F/V Emme Fisheries
Fishing charter in Newburyport
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(20 reviews)
Can’t recommend this fishing charter more! Rick and Rick are phenomenal. We’ve headed out fishing with them on two charters and both were excellent!
Margaret  I.
Margaret I. Landenberg, PA
F/V Emme Fisheries
F/V Emme Fisheries
Fishing charter in Newburyport
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(20 reviews)
Awesome experience! Captain Rick and First-Mate Mark were fabulous! Definitely recommend F/V Emme!!!
Stacy  K.
Stacy K. Shelbyville, MI
F/V Emme Fisheries
F/V Emme Fisheries
Fishing charter in Newburyport
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(20 reviews)
Rick and Ben were awesome We had a great boat ride caught some fish was very very very happy with both of them I would definitely recommend recommend to anyone and also I’m going to book another trip in October can’t wait
Linda  D.
Linda D. Malden, Massachusetts
F/V Emme Fisheries
F/V Emme Fisheries
Fishing charter in Newburyport
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(20 reviews)
We had an excellent family day on the water with Captain Rick. After spending some time catching live bait he was able to immediately put us on the stripers. Overall a great day of fishing and I would highly recommend the Emme for your charter.
Brian  B.
Brian B. North Reading, MA
F/V Emme Fisheries
F/V Emme Fisheries
Fishing charter in Newburyport
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(20 reviews)
Had a great day fishing with the family with Captain and his side kick Rick. They were both great with our son and very knowledgeable.
Erika  H.
Erika H. Newport, NH
F/V Emme Fisheries
F/V Emme Fisheries
Fishing charter in Newburyport
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(20 reviews)
We had a great experience, both Ricks were extremely helpful and friendly. They really made the trip.
Megan  C.
Megan C. DORCHESTR CTR, MA
F/V Emme Fisheries
F/V Emme Fisheries
Fishing charter in Newburyport
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(20 reviews)
We had a great time with Rick & Rick on the water! Both were so knowledgeable, fun and helpful. We all caught a few sea bass (what a thrill!) and were able to grill some up for dinner that night. I highly recommend fishing with them on the Emme - I know we will be back for more!
Dominique  A.
Dominique A. Cambridge, MA
On The Side Charters
On The Side Charters
Fishing charter in Newburyport
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(17 reviews)
We fished several areas off of Newburyport. Very exciting day with plenty of fish for dinner!!!
Bob  B.
Bob B. Exeter, New Hampshire