Mark Beauchesne: (603) 271-3212
Jane Vachon: (603) 271-3211
May 12, 2003

Learn to Fish!

CONCORD, N.H. -- Want to learn to fish? Take advantage of upcoming free opportunities offered by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department to help you get started:

Lakes Region Let's Go Fishing Class -- Wednesday evenings through May 28: Get a free introduction to fishing by signing up for a class offered at the Laconia Teen Center on Union Avenue on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on May 14, 21 and 28. Certified instructors will teach all the skills needed for a successful fishing experience in this class presented by N.H. Fish and Game in partnership with Belknap County 4-H and the Laconia Teen Center. Learn how to cast a line, tie knots, identify fish and take care of your catch, as well as finding the best natural baits and artificial lures. The class wraps up with an on-the-water fishing field trip on June 7. Participants must be at least 11 years old. To sign up, call Becky Lavesque with the Belknap County 4-H at (603) 527-5475. All equipment is provided.

Family Fun Learn to Fish Day -- Saturday, May 31: Introduce your family to the fun and excitement of fishing at a free workshop from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. at the Amoskeag Fishways in Manchester. N.H. Fish and Game's Let's Go Fishing! program and the Amoskeag Fishways have teamed up to offer a workshop covering the basics of angling, knots, baits, casting skills, safety, fish identification and angler ethics, plus a field trip to test out your new skills. Ages 8 and up. All equipment provided. Participants should bring lunch. Rain or shine event. Registration is free, but pre-registration is required. To sign up, call Amoskeag Fishways at (603) 626-3474.

Free Fishing Day -- Saturday, June 7: Fish any inland water in the Granite State without a license, a great chance to try fishing for the first time or rekindle an interest. This is your chance to take the kids! One exception to the no-license requirement -- anglers fishing for brood stock Atlantic salmon in the Merrimack and lower Pemigewasset rivers must have a fishing license and a special permit. Season dates, limits and all other fishing regulations must be followed.

Family Learn to Fish Day at Great Bay -- Saturday, June 7: The Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge and N.H. Fish and Game's Let's Go Fishing program have teamed up to offer a free one-day fishing program for families. The class will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge, located near the Pease Tradeport in Newington. The workshop is a great chance to learn about casting skills, fish identification, fish ecology, natural baits, proper knots and care of the catch, plus enjoy an afternoon field trip to try out your new skills. Ages 8 and up. Rain or shine. Dress for the weather and bring your lunch! Class size is limited. Pre-registration is required. To sign up, contact Jim Reynolds at (603) 431-7511, ext. 222.

National Fishing and Boating Week -- June 1-June 8: Joining a nationwide celebration of our aquatic resources, Governor Craig Benson has designated this week as New Hampshire Fishing and Boating Week. The week is a great time to get out and enjoy New Hampshire's beautiful waterways and re-discover how enjoyable it can be to spend quality time on the water fishing and boating, as well as promoting environmental stewardship. N.H. Fish and Game is observing the week with a statewide free fishing day on June 7 and other educational events.

SORRY, THIS CLASS IS FULL 5/19/2003 Learn to Fly Fish in North Country Weekend Workshop -- Saturday, June 21, and Sunday, June 22: Learn the basics of fly fishing in a free workshop at Barry Conservation Camp in Berlin. Participants and instructors will have free accommodations at the camp, which features a new dining hall, showers, fire pit, recreation hall and barracks-style sleeping arrangements. Participants will bring their own food for meals, including an optional cookout on Saturday evening. The camp is located at the Berlin fish hatchery. Rain or shine. Limited supply of gear available to borrow. Registration is limited. Registration forms are available by calling Lisa at (603) 271-3212 or click here to download a print-and-mail form (Word doc, 89 KB).

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