Learn to Ice Fish on NH Free Fishing Day
Above: Learning the basics of ice fishing with a jig rod.
Educational programs offer instruction, equipment, and fun
New Hampshire has more than 1,000 lakes and ponds scattered across the state adding up to 277 square miles of water. Everyone knows that lakes are fun to explore in the warm days of summer but they can be just as much fun in the wintertime. Squam Lakes Natural Science Center will take you out onto the ice to learn about and try your hand at ice fishing.
Beneath the snow and ice is a wondrous world of peril: oxygen starts to deplete, food is scarce, and water temperature is barely above 37 degrees Fahrenheit. Join Squam Lakes Natural Science Center in search of fish that remain active under these conditions. Try to entice fish to the end of a line using lures and jigging techniques that mimic their natural food. Learn about fish adaptations by observing fish colors, fins, and mouthparts. Whether fishing for food, as a social gathering, or to be out in the elements, ice fishing is a great activity to foster a love for nature.
Ice Fishing for Families is for adults and families with children ages 9 and up. It runs from 7:00 to 10:30 a.m. All fishing instruction and equipment are provided at no extra cost. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Wear insulated snow boots with non-cotton socks. Wear many, many layers of clothing including non-cotton insulating base layers, a wind-proof outer layer, sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, and gloves. Bring an extra pair of gloves, snacks, a thermos with a hot beverage, and a camp chair.
January 18 is New Hampshire’s Free Fishing Day so there is no charge for this event and fishing licenses are not required but pre-registration is required by calling the Science Center at 603-968-7194 x 7.