The temperatures are dropping, and lakes and ponds are forming some great ice this year. Now that the hustle and bustle of the holiday season is over, why not get outside and enjoy the New Hampshire winter by taking an ice fishing class?

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s Let’s Go Fishing Program, in partnership with other groups, will offer several ice fishing classes open to the public this winter. Classes are free unless otherwise noted. Be sure to call ahead to reserve your space:

  • Lebanon Recreation Department – Three-part course on Tuesdays, January 14 and 21 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.; and Saturday, January 25 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Visit https://webtrac.lebcity.com, or call (603) 448-5121 to sign up or for more information.
  • Greenland Recreation Department – One-day workshop on Sunday, January 26, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Visit http://www.greenlandrec.com to sign up and to get more information.
  • Laconia Recreation Department – One-day workshop on Saturday, February 1, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Call (603) 524-5046 to sign up and to get more information.
  • Melendy Pond, Route 13, Brookline – Drop in workshops Saturday, February 8 and Sunday, February 9, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Come when you can and stay as long as you like this free clinic does not require reservations. Contact Dale Riley, Tuesday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at (603) 673-2987 or evenings at (603) 673-4036.
  • Amoskeag Fishways, Manchester – Two-part class on Friday, February 14, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, February 15, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Contact the Amoskeag Fishways at (603) 626-3474 for more information
  • Robinson Pond, Robinson Road, Hudson – Drop in workshops Saturday, February 22 and Sunday, February 23, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Come when you can and stay as long as you like this free clinic does not require reservations. Contact Dale Riley, Tuesday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at (603) 673-2987 or evenings at (603) 673-4036
  • Haverhill Recreation Department – One-day workshop on Saturday, February 22, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Call (603) 787-6096 for more information.
  • Grantham Recreation Department – One-day workshop on Saturday, March 1, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. E-mail fun@granthamnh.net or call (603) 443-2894 for more information.

All the ice fishing classes include a hands-on indoor session where students learn about ice fishing equipment, safety and practices, and winter ecology of lakes and ponds; plus a field trip where students head out to a local pond and put their newly learned skills to the test! Classes are open to anyone, however, those 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

New Hampshire Fish and Game’s “Let’s Go Fishing” program has taught thousands of children and adults to be safe, ethical and successful anglers. Find out more at http://www.fishnh.com/Fishing/lets_go_fishing_class_schedule.htm. The program is federally funded through the Sport Fish Restoration 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 http://www.fishnh.com.

 

Logo courtesy New Hampshire Fish and Game Department

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