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Reel Fun: Go Fish with the Kids!

Keep It Simple

Kid-Fishing_opt.jpgFishing with kids is a great way to spend time together. You just need a place to go and a little bit of gear. An inexpensive rod-and-reel, a colorful, kid-friendly tackle box for toting hooks, sinkers, bobbers, lures, and a pair of pliers is all you need!

Get The Kids Involved

Plan ahead and let the kids help decide where to go and what to bring. Dress for the weather and don’t forget snacks and drinks, a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen. It’s a good idea to keep the first few trips short and let interest and enthusiasm grow.

Catch The Fun

For most kids, it’s important to make a catch that first time out. You can help by seeking out places that are packed with panfish, like crappies and sunfish. Check the Take Me Fishing Guides (right) for ideas of where to go. And don’t forget the camera — you’ll definitely want to have a picture of that first-fish smile!

Enjoy the Outdoors Together

Being outside in the fresh air and sunshine is the most obvious benefit of learning how to fish, but taking a break from electronic devices is an added bonus! Fishing doesn’t have to be difficult or far from home—and it’s free for kids under 16. The important thing is to go fishing as a family and have fun!

NH Free Fishing Day

Saturday, June 1, 2013

  • Freshwater and Saltwater Fishing by Angling Only
  • Resident or Nonresident
  • All Other Regulations Apply

EXCEPTION: Atlantic Salmon Permit still required for Merrimack River Brood Stock Fishery Program.


Take Me Fishing

Take-Me-Fishing-brochures_opt.pngFishing is a great way to reconnect with friends and family. Children under age 16 don’t need a license to fish, so why not bring them along for a day of fresh air, sunshine and family fun?

For fishing tips, species identification and places to cast your line in NH, consult the Shorebank Fishing Guide to the Manchester/Nashua Region, the Great North Woods, the Southwest Region, the NH Seashore (saltwater), the Lakes Region, andnew!Southeast NH!!

Call (603) 271-3211 and we’ll send you one, or download from:



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