Merrimack River


Newburyport, MA
United States United States
42.81949, -70.812
110 Miles

The Merrimack River is a 110-mile (177 km)-long river in the northeastern United States. It rises at the confluence of the Pemigewasset and Winnipesaukee rivers in Franklin, New Hampshire, flows southward into Massachusetts, and then flows northeast until it empties into the Atlantic Ocean at Newburyport. From the point where the Merrimack turns northeast in Lowell, Massachusetts onward, the Massachusetts–New Hampshire border is roughly calculated as the line three miles north of the river.

The Merrimack is an important regional focus in both New Hampshire and Massachusetts. In New Hampshire, the central-southern part of the state is known as the Merrimack Valley Region, and in Massachusetts, the "Merrimack Valley" refers to a cluster of towns and small cities in the northeastern part of the state.

Among its tributaries are the Souhegan River, which extends west from the town of Merrimack, New Hampshire; the Nashua River, which flows north into the city of Nashua; the Concord River, which flows north from Concord, Massachusetts to Lowell; and the Shawsheen River, which after also flowing north, joins the Merrimack at Lawrence.

Spot Access:
Boat Ramp, Parking (car/truck), Parking (boat/trailer), Picnic Area, Power Boats Allowed, Shore fishing access, Restrooms, Beach, Fly Fishing, Wading
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Fishing Reports

about 3 years ago (08/30/2012)

Merrimack River Fishing Report 08.30.12

The fishing near the Merrimac river in Newburyport Ma, remains to be good with mostly bluefish and a few bass at times. We will continue to run charters thru October for bluefish,bass and cod/haddock.There have been a few giant bluefin tuna caught here every day, and we will give it a shot next week.  Capt Charlie  ...
over 3 years ago (08/14/2012)

Merrimack River Fishing Report 08.14.12

The fishing near the Merrimac River in Newburyport Ma continues to hold up good with bass and bluefish being landed on most charters with in Newburyport.Some tuna being caught also everyday, but nothing like the past few years hopefully they will show up here this fall.  Capt Charlie (978) 420-2112      ...
over 3 years ago (07/10/2012)

Merrimack River Fishing Report 07.10.12

I was on charter with the mistie c out of newburyport today on a bass charter with my friends and the mackrel wear'nt biting as good as usual but it was still good. we didnt find anything in the mouth but found schools of bass jumping out of the water feading on sand eels. We threw them live mackrel to get bites and caught them imediately. They were all keepers up to 36". We caught 3 at the end of the day and had a great day catching the fish.   by: Cody Cro...
over 3 years ago (06/26/2012)

Merrimack River Fishing Report 06.26.12

The striped bass fishing in the MERRIMAC RIVER is only getting better every week,  this weeks charter customers with mistieccharters in Newburyport Ma all had there limits of 2 bass each with many getting released call me and we will hook you up.   Capt Charlie  -   (978) 420-2112  ...
over 3 years ago (06/20/2012)

Merrimack River Fishing Report 06.20.12

Ehe striped bass fishing remains hot in the Merrimac River with every trip landing many keepers, check us out on facebook and for fishing updates,  CAPT Charlie   Phone 1 (978) 420-2112 Email Website  ...
over 3 years ago (06/12/2012)

Merrimack River Fishing Report 06.12.12

The striped bass fishing here is HOT all trips limiting out on keepers up to 40in,and we landed our largest so far this season at 46in and 35lbs.Now is the time for trophy striped bass fishing here.Give us a call and we will put you on them.  Capt Charlie
over 3 years ago (05/22/2012)

Merrimack River Fishing Report 05.22.12

Still good cod/haddock fishing on Jeffreys Ledge with Mistieccharters out of Newburyport Ma, striped bass have shown up in the Merrimac River and along Plum Island, Ma with loads of mackerel too.  ...
over 3 years ago (05/08/2012)

Merrimack River Fishing Report 05.08.12

Still good cod/haddock fishing on Jeffreys Ledge out of Newburyport Ma with Bottom fishing will remain good thru May and June and striped bass are starting to show up in the Merrimac River.    Capt & crew (978) 420-2112 Captain Charlie Crocker  ...
over 4 years ago (07/26/2011)

Merrimack River Fishing Report 07.26.11

The Mackerel are still plentiful. They can be caught from early morning into late afternoon. Flounder are still around in catch-able numbers . clams and seaworms are working well on the flounder. They can be caught inside the bay and out off the beaches of Plum Island in 30 plus feet of water. The Striped bass have slowed down probably due to the heat we had over the last few days. School Tuna have begun to show up in Ipswich bay. Anglers can chase them and throw plugs or troll through schools...
Obsessed Charters Captain Peter Murray
over 4 years ago (07/19/2011)

Merrimack River Fishing Report 07.19.11

There is still plenty of live bait around. Big bass continue to roam a mile out in deeper water. Live trolled mackerel   or chumming has worked well.   The Merrimack river continues to provide steady action with good numbers of Keeper size bass. The outgoing tides have been hot. Schools of 30" bass have been smashing the surface on the incoming tides chasing sandeels. Fly fisherman have been doing well ,as have the plug casting anglers.   Blue fish have been in...



Bass, Striped (Morone saxatilis)


Bluefish (Pomatomus saltatrix)




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