CONCORD — The temperatures are dropping, and lakes and ponds are beginning to freeze over, tell-tale signs that winter is settling in. Once 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 be offering several ice fishing classes open to the public this winter. Classes are free unless otherwise noted.
They are open to anyone, however, those 16 and under are encouraged to be accompanied by an adult. Be sure to call ahead to reserve your space.
Lebanon Recreation Department: Three-part course on Tuesdays, Jan. 15 and 22, from 5 to 7 p.m.; and Saturday, Jan. 26, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Visit webtrac.lebcity.com, or call 448-5121 sign up or for more information.
Greenland Recreation Department: One-day workshop on Sunday, Jan. 20, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit greenlandrec.com to sign up and to get more information.
Riley Brothers Lumber, Milford: Three-part Saturday course on Jan. 26 and Feb. 2, from 1 to 4 p.m.; and Feb. 9, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Contact Dale Riley daytime (Tuesday through Friday) 673-2987 or evenings at 673-4036.
Haverhill Recreation Department: Three-part course on Wednesdays, Jan. 30 and Feb. 6, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.; and Saturday, Feb. 9, from 9 a.m. to noon. Call 787-6096 for more information.
Laconia Recreation Department: One-day workshop on Saturday, Feb. 2, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 524-5046 to sign up or for more information.
Amoskeag Fishways, Manchester: Two-part class on Friday, Feb. 15, from 6 to 8 p.m.; and Saturday, Feb. 16, from 9 a.m. to noon. Contact the Amoskeag Fishways at 626-3474 for more information.
All the ice fishing classes include a hands-on indoor session where students learn about ice fishing equipment, safety practices and winter ecology of lakes and ponds. There also will be a field trip, where students head out to a local pond and put their newly learned skills to the test.
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 fishnh.com/Fishing/lets_go_fishing.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 fishnh.com.