Jon Charpentier, (603) 271-3211
Liza Poinier, (603) 271-3211
January 11, 2006

Coastal N.H. Smelt Fishing to Be Featured on The Outdoor Channel

CONCORD, N.H. -- A story about New Hampshire's enduring tradition of coastal smelt fishing will be featured on The Outdoor Channel's national broadcast of Fish & Wildlife Journal at 7:30 p.m. (EST) on Tuesday, January 17, 2006.

Smelt fishing on New Hampshire's Great Bay and adjoining tidal rivers has a rich and colorful history. With rising and falling ice, whiteouts and sub-freezing temperatures, non-anglers often wonder what makes it so enticing. No need to wonder any longer. The anglers featured here are passionately devoted to their sport. Year after year, they head for frozen waters like the Squamscott River in Exeter, where they set up colorful ice shanties in anticipation of the annual migration of the smelt.

The story was produced by Jason Philippy and Jon Charpentier of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, in partnership with New Hampshire Public Television. This episode of Fish & Wildlife Journal will repeat on The Outdoor Channel on January 19, 2006, at 7:30 a.m. (EST) and January 21, 2006, at 3:00 a.m. (EST). More stories on fishing and hunting in New Hampshire are planned for future episodes.

The Outdoor Channel is a national television network devoted primarily to traditional outdoor activities, such as hunting, fishing, shooting sports, rodeo, motor sports, gold prospecting and related lifestyle programming. The programs are designed to appeal to "traditional sportsmen" of all ages, with a focus on activities that the entire family can enjoy in the great outdoors.

As of November 2005, The Outdoor Channel had approximately 25.7 million cable and DBS subscribers, as estimated by Nielsen Media Research, and was available to approximately 74.7 million households.

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