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April 30, 2010

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June 5, 2010, Is Free Fishing Day in New Hampshire

CONCORD, N.H. – N.H. Free Fishing Day will be here on Saturday, June 5, 2010, so make plans to get out and cast a line with family and friends on New Hampshire’s ponds, streams, rivers and lakes.  Both state residents and nonresidents can fish any inland water in New Hampshire that day without a fishing license. Note that season dates, bag 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 veteran anglers, Free Fishing Day is a great chance to take a buddy fishing," says Karina Walsh, New Hampshire Fish and Game's Let's Go Fishing program coordinator. "If you haven't been in a while, dig out that fishing rod in the basement or garage, or borrow some gear, and get out for a relaxing day in the outdoors – and maybe a fish fry later that night!"
Free Fishing Day kicks off 2010 National Fishing and Boating Week in New Hampshire (June 5 - 13, 2010), a nationwide observance encouraging families to have fun together on the water.

"Take advantage of Free Fishing Day to introduce non-angling friends and family to the sport," suggests Walsh.  "Make an adventure out of it -- grab your rod and make a picnic lunch to take along; you’ll have a great time, especially if you fish for something easy to catch, like bluegills or yellow perch."

For specific details on fishing rules, consult the 2010 New Hampshire Freshwater Fishing Digest available at, or wherever fishing licenses are sold. The Fish and Game website offers info on where fish have recently been stocked, tackle tips, lake depths and fishing forecasts for various parts of the state.  The website also has regional fishing brochures with suggestions on where to fish from the shoreline, currently available for Manchester/Nashua, the North Country, southwestern New Hampshire and the seacoast.

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. Youth under age 16 do not need a license to fish in New Hampshire.
Fish New Hampshire and relax. We have what you’re looking for.

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:30 radio spot
Air through June 5, 2010

RADIO Public Service Announcement:
Free Fishing Day

Ready to catch some fish?  Saturday, June 5, is “Free Fishing Day” in New Hampshire. You can fish that day without a license anywhere in the state, so plan on spending a relaxing day enjoying New Hampshire’s lakes, rivers and streams.  Fishing rules still apply.  Find stocking information and more great info on fishing in the Granite State at FISH NH dot com.

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