Lots To Do At Meredith Rotary Ice Fishing Derby

If you're checking out the Great Meredith Rotary Ice Fishing Derby this February, take advantage of two free events offered by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department during the Derby weekend:

A free ice fishing panel discussion will take place on Friday, February 11, 2011, at 6:30 p.m. at the Meredith Community Center on Route 3 in Meredith. Fish and Game biologists Don Miller and Ben Nugent will discuss ice fishing tips, techniques and equipment.

During the derby on Saturday, February 12, 2011, N.H. Fish and Game's "Let's Go Fishing" Program will present a free, hands-on clinic for kids and their parents on the basics of ice fishing. Sessions will run hourly from 10 a.m. through 3 p.m. in the roped-off area directly behind the Meredith Rotary Headquarters trailer on Lake Winnipesaukee. You'll learn how to use ice-fishing equipment, such as tip-ups and power augers, as well as ice-fishing techniques. Then the kids will have a chance to fish!

The Great Meredith Rotary Ice Fishing Derby (February 12-13, 2011, www.meredithrotary.com) brings anglers to New Hampshire from all over the country in hopes of snagging the heaviest tagged rainbow trout and claiming the grand prize. The Meredith Rotary Club, in consultation with the N.H. Fish and Game Department as part of an ongoing fisheries management plan, stocks tagged fish in several New Hampshire lakes for this event. Waters stocked have included Little Squam, Mascoma, Ossipee, Waukewan, Wentworth, Winnipesaukee and Winnisquam. During the derby, N.H. Fish and Game fisheries biologists Don Miller and John Viar collect valuable fish data at the derby weigh-in.

For online fishing license sales and lots more information on fishing in the Granite State, visit www.fishnh.com.

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