First Ever Winter Free Fishing Day in New Hampshire

CONCORD, N.H. — If you’ve always wanted to try ice fishing, take advantage of New Hampshire’s first-ever winter free fishing day on Saturday, January 21, 2017. That’s a day you can fish without a license in New Hampshire. Note that all other regulations must be followed; learn more about fishing rules by reading the NH Freshwater Fishing Digest at Persons participating in a fishing tournament must still hold a license, even on free fishing day.

The State Legislature authorized the addition of the winter free fishing day last year in order to provide an opportunity for those interested in trying ice-fishing.

Find more information about ice fishing in New Hampshire, including videos, a list of bait dealers, and more, at

New Hampshire also offers a free fishing day on the first Saturday in June.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is the guardian of the state’s marine, fish and wildlife resources and their habitats. Visit