On June 1, 2016, a new law takes effect that redefines what a lead jig is for the purposes of taking fish in the fresh waters of New Hampshire. All lead jigs less than or equal to one ounce will be prohibited. It is well documented that lead, when ingested, is toxic to loons and other water birds. Changing lead sinkers and jigs to a non-toxic alternative is not only the right thing to do, but it’s also the law.
A new guide has been made available to assist anglers in identifying which current fishing tackle will be illegal as of June 1, 2016. This guide may be found on the Fish and Game website at: www.fishnh.com/fishing/documents/illegal-jig-examples.pdf.
The statute excludes certain fishing related items such as lead core line, spinnerbaits, buzzbaits, spoons, poppers, plugs, or flies. For any additional questions please contact Fish and Game at (603) 271-3127.
RSA 211:13-b is a State Law and may be enforced by various Law Enforcement agencies (see text below). If someone is suspected of using an illegal sinker or jig, your tackle may be confiscated and tested for lead content. The penalty is a violation with a fine up to $250, far exceeding the price of a non-toxic alternative.