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Don't Miss Out: Second Annual Winter Free Fishing Day in NH

Jason Smith: (603) 271-2501
Scott Decker: (603) 271-2501

January 12, 2018

CONCORD, N.H. -- Take advantage of New Hampshire’s second annual winter free fishing day on Saturday, January 20, 2018. That’s a day you can fish without a license in New Hampshire. Note that all other regulations must be followed. Learn more about fishing rules by reading the NH Freshwater Fishing or Saltwater Fishing digests at


Persons participating in a fishing tournament must still hold a license, even on free fishing day.


The State Legislature authorized the addition of the winter free fishing day in order to provide an opportunity for those interested in trying ice-fishing. Find more information about ice fishing in New Hampshire, including videos, a list of bait dealers, and more, at


This annual winter event will be the third Saturday in January each year for those who want to plan ahead. New Hampshire also offers a free fishing day on the first Saturday in June.

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