Free Ice Fishing Clinics

The temperatures are dropping, and lakes and ponds are beginning to freeze over -- tell-tale signs that Old Man Winter is almost here. Once the hustle and bustle of the holiday season is over, why not get outside and enjoy the New Hampshire winter by taking an ice fishing class?

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department's Let's Go Fishing Program, in partnership with other groups, will be offering several ice fishing classes open to the public this winter. Classes are free. Be sure to call ahead to reserve your space:

  • Fitzwilliam Open Space Committee - Two-part course on Monday, January 17, 2011, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; and Saturday, January 22, 2011, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Call (603) 585-2205 for more information.
  • Lebanon Recreation Department - Three-part course on Tuesdays, January 18 and 25, 2011, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; and Saturday, January 29, 2011, from 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m. Call (603) 448-5121 for more information.
  • Greenland Recreation Department - One-day workshop on Sunday, January 23, 2011, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Contact Cindy Smith at (603) 436-3769 for more information.
  • Riley Brothers Lumber, Milford - Three-part Saturday course on January 29 and February 5, 2011, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.; and February 12, 2011, (time to be determined). Contact Dale Riley, Tuesday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at (603) 673-2987 or evenings at (603) 673-4036.
  • Amoskeag Fishways, Manchester - Two-part class on Friday, February 4, 2011, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, February 5, 2011, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Contact the Amoskeag Fishways at (603) 626-3474 for more information.
  • Haverhill Recreation Department - Three-part course on Thursdays, February 24 and March 3, 2011, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; and Saturday March 5, 2011, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Call (603) 787-6096 for more information.

All the ice fishing classes include a hands-on indoor session where students learn about ice fishing equipment, safety and practices, and winter ecology of lakes and ponds; plus a field trip where students head out to a local pond and put their newly learned skills to the test! Classes are open to anyone, however, those 16 and under are encouraged to be accompanied by an adult.

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. Find out more at 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

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