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Karina Walsh: (603) 271-3212
Jane Vachon: (603) 271-3211
Lisa Collins: (603) 271-3212
November 12, 2010

"Let’s Go Fishing" Seeks Volunteer Fishing Instructors

CONCORD, N.H. – Are you anxiously awaiting New Hampshire’s winter season and can’t wait to get out ice fishing?  Avid anglers can give back to their community and share the love of the great sport of fishing by becoming instructors for the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department's "Let’s Go Fishing" program.  Fish and Game is currently seeking volunteer instructors to teach ice fishing, fly fishing or basic fishing to youth and adults. 

Registration has opened for this winter's training sessions, which are a requirement for becoming certified as a Let's Go Fishing instructor. Training is free. To sign up, call Lisa Collins at 603-271-3212 or email aquatic-ed@wildlife.nh.gov; IN ADDITION, you must print out and return a Let’s Go Fishing volunteer application form, which can be found on the Fish and Game website at www.fishnh.com/Fishing/lets_go_fishing.htm.  Applications must be received by December 10 to reserve your spot in the trainings.

Those being certified must attend both an overview training session and at least one specialty training class. The overview session will cover the ins and outs of the N.H. Fish and Game Department and the Let’s Go Fishing program, as well as CPR certification.  The specialty sessions focus on the specific programs presented -- ice fishing, fly fishing, or basic fishing; these are hands-on experiences where prospective instructors are put through an abbreviated “real life” Let’s Go Fishing course. Topics covered include ethics, pond ecology, rules and regulations, equipment and safety.  Instructors must attend the specialty training session for each course topic they wish to teach.

The Let's Go Fishing program will hold the first half of the two-part certification training for new fishing instructors on Saturday, January 8, 2011, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at Fish and Game Headquarters, 11 Hazen Drive in Concord. Lunch is provided.  This class is required for all new instructors.

All instructors also must attend the second half of the certification training for the specific type of course they will be teaching, as listed below.  These training sessions take place at Fish and Game Headquarters 11 Hazen Drive in Concord, N.H.  Lunch is provided.

  • Basic Fishing: Sunday, January 9, 2011, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Ice Fishing: Saturday, January 15, 2011, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Fly Fishing: Sunday, January 16, 2011, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

After completing the training, participants have the chance to join an existing team of volunteer fishing instructors who present programs across the state.  The Let’s Go Fishing program also offers: saltwater fishing, fly tying and saltwater fly fishing.
     
Thousands of children and adults have learned to be safe, ethical and successful anglers through the Let's Go Fishing program. The program is federally funded through the Sport Fish Restoration Program -- a true user-pay, user-benefit program.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department works to conserve, manage and protect the state's fish and wildlife and their habitats, as well as providing the public with opportunities to use and appreciate these resources.  Visit www.fishnh.com.

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