CONCORD, N.H. — The temperatures are dropping, and lakes and ponds have formed some great ice this year. Now that the holidays are over, why not get outside and enjoy the New Hampshire winter by learning how to go ice fishing?
The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s Let’s Go Fishing Program is offering free ice fishing classes at many locations around the state this winter. These classes are designed for beginners and are geared toward families who are new to ice fishing.
All the ice fishing classes include a hands-on indoor classroom session in which students learn about ice fishing equipment, ice safety, fish identification and winter ecology of lakes and ponds. Then they head out to a local pond or lake to put their newly learned skills to the test! All fishing gear and materials are provided.
Classes are open to anyone age 8 years and older, however, those age 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult. No experience is required. Participants are exempt from holding a fishing license during the program.
The classes are free, but online registration is required. To register, visit www.fishnh.com/fishing/lets-go-fishing.html and select “View the current class schedule” then “View upcoming events.” Select the date and location that works for you.
New Hampshire Fish and Game’s “Let’s Go Fishing” program has taught thousands of children and adults to be safe, ethical and successful anglers. The program is federally funded through the Sport Fish Restoration Program.
The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department works to conserve, manage and protect the state’s fish and wildlife and their habitats, as well as providing the public with opportunities to use and appreciate these resources. Visit www.fishnh.com.