Keep It Simple
Fishing 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!
Free Fishing Day
Take advantage of New Hampshire’s annual Free Fishing Day on June 6, 2015. You can fish any fresh or salt water in N.H. without a license that day. Applies to both residents and non-residents. All other fishing regulations apply.
Regulations in red are new this year.
Purple text indicates an important note.