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May 13, 2008                

June 7 Is Free Fishing Day in New Hampshire

CONCORD, N.H. -- Get out the fishing gear and head for the river, lake or pond to try your luck on New Hampshire's annual Free Fishing Day -- Saturday, June 7, 2008.  State residents -- and nonresidents, too -- can fish any inland water in the Granite State that day without a license. If you're already licensed, take advantage of the day to bring along your friends and family.

"Most people who hook a fish once can hardly wait for the chance to do it again. Free Fishing Day is your chance to give it a try!" says Karina Jolles, New Hampshire Fish and Game's Let's Go Fishing program coordinator.

Free Fishing Day wraps up National Fishing and Boating Week in New Hampshire (June 1 - 8, 2008), a nationwide observance giving families a chance to have fun together on the water.

Free Fishing Day is the perfect chance to introduce all your non-angling friends and family to the sport, especially if you fish for something easy to catch, like bluegills or yellow perch. "Make an adventure out of it, grab your rod and make a picnic lunch you'll surely have a great time catching these fish," Jolles says. "For just a few dollars, you can buy an inexpensive rod and reel and a few hooks and sinkers to get started on an activity people of all ages can enjoy."  Adults just get one day to fish free in the Granite State, but kids under 16 can fish without a license in New Hampshire throughout the year.

Season dates, limits and all other fishing regulations must be followed on Free Fishing Day. Anglers fishing for brood stock Atlantic salmon in the Merrimack and lower Pemigewasset rivers must have a fishing license and a special permit.

For details on fishing rules, consult the 2008 New Hampshire Freshwater Fishing Digest at http://www.wildlife.state.nh.us/Fishing/fishing.htm, or wherever fishing licenses are sold. The Fish and Game website also has tips on tackle, lake depths, where fish have been stocked, a free weekly email fishing newsletter -- and much more. 

The website also has regional fishing guides with suggestions on where to fish from the shoreline, currently available for Manchester/Nashua, the North Country and southwestern N.H.

If you get hooked on Free Fishing Day, enjoy the fun year round. Licenses are available online at http://www.FishNH.com or from any of 250 friendly local license agents statewide.

Fish New Hampshire and relax. We have what you're looking for. 

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:30 radio spot
Air through June 7, 2008

RADIO PSA - Free Fishing Day

Remember the fun you used to have going fishing?  Get hooked again!  Saturday, June 7, is "Free Fishing Day" in New Hampshire, when adults can fish without a license. (Kids under 16 fish free anytime.) Head out for a relaxing day enjoying New Hampshire's beautiful lakes, rivers and streams.  Find out more about fishing in the Granite State at FISH NH dot com.  Fish New Hampshire and relax - we have what you're looking for. 

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