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Karina Walsh: (603) 271-3212
Scott Decker: (603) 271-2501
Jane Vachon: (603) 271-3211
April 22, 2009
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June 6, 2009, Is Free Fishing Day in New Hampshire

CONCORD, N.H. -- Free Fishing Day is coming on Saturday, June 6, 2009, so make plans to get out and try your luck on New Hampshire's ponds, streams and lakes.  State residents, and nonresidents, too, can fish any inland water in the Granite State that day without a fishing license. Take advantage of the event to hit the water for a relaxing day of fishing with your friends and family. Bring your camera, because fish sure are photogenic!

"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 Walsh, New Hampshire Fish and Game's Let's Go Fishing program coordinator.

Free Fishing Day kicks off 2009 National Fishing and Boating Week in New Hampshire (June 6 - 14, 2009), a nationwide observance encouraging families to have fun together on the water.

Free Fishing Day is the perfect chance to introduce 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," Walsh says. "For just a few dollars, you can buy an inexpensive rod and reel and a few hooks and nonlead 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 do not need a license to fish in New Hampshire.
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 specific details on fishing rules, consult the 2009 New Hampshire Freshwater Fishing Digest available at, or wherever fishing licenses are sold. The Fish and Game website has tackle tips, lake depths, info on where fish have been stocked, and fishing forecasts for various parts of the state. 

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 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 6, 2009

RADIO PSA - Free Fishing Day

Remember the fun you used to have going fishing?  Get hooked again!  Saturday, June 6, 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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