Bob Harris - OUTDOORS and FREE - May 23, 2012
New Hampshire’s Free Fishing Day
New Hampshire’s Free Fishing Day will be celebrated on Saturday, June 2, 2012. Here is a great opportunity to get out with family and friends and enjoy a free family day of fishing on New Hampshire’s many lakes, ponds, rivers and streams. It is also a great day to introduce new people to the sport of fishing. (right photo: The late John Noga holding up a nice rainbow trout he caught in Massabesic Lake)
On Free Fishing Day, state residents and nonresidents alike can fish any inland water or saltwater in the state without a fishing license. However, all other fishing regulations must be followed on Free Fishing Day, including season dates and bag limits. There is one exception: you still need a fishing license and a special permit to fish for brood stock Atlantic salmon in the Merrimack and lower Pemigewasset rivers.
New Hampshire has 12,000 miles of rivers and streams and more than 975 lakes and ponds, a number of them that are stocked with various trout species. For details on fishing rules for various waters, readers should consult the 2012 N.H. Freshwater, and Saltwater, Fishing Digests, available at sporting goods department stores. It is also available online at:www.fishnh.com/pubs/fishing.
You can also find more helpful information about fishing on the Fish and Game website, www.fishnh.com/Fishing/fish.
If you get hooked on Free Fishing Day, why not enjoy it year round? Licenses are available on line at: www.fishnh.com or from any of the 250 friendly local license agents statewide. Youth under age 16 do not need a license to fish New Hampshire waters. However, youth must be accompanied by a properly licensed adult even if the adult does not fish. So my friends, get your gear in order and get out on the waters for a great day of fishing.
Bob Harris can be reached via e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org