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Mark Beauchesne: (603) 271-3212
Jane Vachon: (603) 271-3211
April 16, 2003

Learn to Fish!

CONCORD, N.H. -- Spring is prime fishing time in New Hampshire, and the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is sponsoring two upcoming opportunities to help you get in on the fishing fun this year:

First, if you're still a beginner at fishing -- or not sure how to begin -- get an introduction to the sport at a free, four-part class in Laconia called Let's Go Fishing. The class will be offered at the Laconia Teen Center on Union Avenue on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on May 7, 14, 21 and 28. Certified instructors will teach all the skills needed for a successful fishing experience. Participants will learn how to cast a line, tie knots, identify fish and take care of their catch. They will find out about the best natural baits and artificial lures, as well as angler ethics. The class wraps up with an on-the-water fishing field trip on New Hampshire Free Fishing Day, June 7.

The class is presented by N.H. Fish and Game, in partnership with Belknap County 4-H and the Laconia Teen center. Participants must be at least 11 years old. Pre-registration is required. To sign up, call Becky Lavesque with the Belknap County 4-H office at (603) 527-5475. Class size is limited, so be sure to sign up early. All equipment is provided.

Another great chance to introduce your family to the fun and excitement of fishing is Family Fun Learn to Fish Day on Saturday, May 31, 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 may take part. All equipment is provided. Participants should bring lunch. The program is free, but pre-registration is required. To sign up, call Amoskeag Fishways at (603) 626-3474. Family Fun Learn to Fish Day is a rain or shine event. Last year 15 local families had a great time learning about fishing at this workshop -- some even caught fish!

"These events are a great way to get started on a healthy, inexpensive pastime that offers a lifetime of family fun," said Mark Beauchesne, coordinator of the Let's Go Fishing! Program at N.H. Fish and Game. The Let's Go Fishing! Program introduces thousands of people each year to an outdoor activity that fosters good stewardship of New Hampshire's aquatic resources. To find out more about fishing, click here.

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