Let's Go Fishing Class Description and Schedule

Let's Go Fishing

NOTE: all equipment and materials are provided. A fishing license is not required to participate, when fishing during designated fieldtrip hours.

Basic Fishing
In the basic fishing course you will explore the skills and equipment needed and resources available to you to start your journey to becoming an angler. Topics covered in this course include basic rods and reels, safety, knot tying, fish identification, ethics, rules and regulations, and aquatic ecology. After completing a classroom session you'll get the chance to put your new skills to the test; you'll head out to a local pond and do some fishing!

Age Restrictions: 8 and over; individuals 14 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
Classroom Time: 4 to 6 hours
Fieldtrip: 2 to 4 hours

Ice Fishing
Ice fishing is a recreational activity the whole family can enjoy. This introductory course will cover tip ups and other ice fishing equipment, ice safety, knot tying, fish identification, ethics, rules and regulations, and basic winter ecology. After completing a classroom session you'll head out on the ice and put your newly learned skills to the test.

Age Restrictions: 8 and over; individuals 14 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
Classroom Time: 4 to 6 hours
Fieldtrip: 2 to 4 hours

Fly Fishing
Designed primarily for first-time fly-anglers, this course will cover the basics of the fly rod and reel, fly casting, pond and stream ecology, matching the hatch (identifying what fly to use when), knot tying, fish identification, ethics, rules and regulations, and safety.

Age Restrictions: 13 and over; individuals 14 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
Classroom Time: 8 to 10 hours
Fieldtrip: 3 to 4 hours

Fly Tying
While learning to tie several fly patterns, participants will be taught about the basic equipment and materials necessary to tie flies. Common patterns and what they imitate will be covered. Your instructors will also discuss insect anatomy and why a particular fly is used.

Age Restrictions: 13 and over; individuals 14 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
Classroom Time: 12 hours; shorter sessions can be scheduled.

Special Programs/Clinics
If time and resources allow the Let's Go Fishing Program is capable of doing special sessions and clinics on topics related to angling, the aquatic environment, and for individuals younger than eight years old. Contact the Let's Go Fishing Program Coordinator to find out what's available.

Let's Go Fishing Program
(603) 271-3212
Email: aquatic-ed@wildlife.nh.gov

Interested in setting up a program for your group or organizations? Here are a few details you should know:

  • On average, classes are scheduled 3 months in advance. So, the earlier you call to make a reservation the better.
  • Priority is given on a first come first serve basis.
  • No class will be scheduled with 30 or less days notice.
  • There is an 8 person minimum.
  • Each group/organization/school is responsible for their own transportation to and from off site locations.
  • Please be aware that all programs are dependent upon volunteer instructor availability and subject to cancelation if no instructors are available.

Contact:
Let's Go Fishing Program
(603) 271-3212
Email: aquatic-ed@wildlife.nh.gov

New courses will be posted below as they become available.  Please check our website periodically for new listings.

Let's Go Fishing - Upcoming Classes

Winter 2015 Ice Fishing Classes

  • Saturday, January 17th - 9am-3pm one day course at Bedford Parks and Recreation, to register contact the Bedford Recreation Department at 472-5242. for more information on the course go to http://www.bedfordnh.org/pages/BedfordNH_Recreation/ice.pdf.

  • Tuesday, January 13 - 5pm - 7pm & Saturday 24 - 9am - 1pm, a two part class is being held at the Lebanon Recreation Department, to register please call 448-5121.

  • Saturday, January 31 - 9am - 3pm, a one day course is being held at the Laconia Recreation Department to register please call 524-5046.

  • Saturday, January 31 - 9am - 3pm, a one day course is being held at the Rindge Recreation Department to register pleasea call 899-6847.

  • Friday, February 13 - 6pm - 8pm & Saturday, February 14 a two part class is being held at the Amoskeag Fishways in Manchester to register please call 634-3314.

  • Saturday, February 21 - 9am - 3pm, a one day course is being held at the Wolfeboro Recration Department to register please call 569-5639.

  • Saturday, February 21 - 9am - 3pm, a one day course is being held at UNH Copperative Extension 4H in Lacaster to register please call 788-4961.

  • Saturday, February 28 - 9am - 3pm, a one day course is being held the Grantham Recreation Department to register please call 443-2894.

  • Sunday, March 8 - 9am - 3pm, a one day course is being held at the Barrington Recreations Department to register please call 664-5224.


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NH Fish and Game Dept.
11 Hazen Drive
Concord, NH 03301

603-271-3421
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