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Freshwater Fishing

Freshwater Fishing

Go Fish with the Kids!

Boy with black crappie fish.

Fishing is a great way to reconnect with friends and family. Children under age 16 don’t need a license to fish, so bring them along for a day of fresh air, sunshine and family fun! 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!

Catch a Smile

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.

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 our Fish NH! Fishing Guides for ideas on where to go and what kinds of fish you might catch. Don’t forget the camera — you’ll definitely want to have a picture of that first-fish smile!

“Unplug” from the Wired World

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. The important thing is to go fishing as a family and have fun!

Enjoy Free Fishing Days

Take advantage of New Hampshire’s annual Free Fishing Days on January 20 and June 1, 2024. You can fish any fresh- or saltwater in N.H. without a license on those days. Applies to both residents and non-residents. All other fishing regulations apply. Note that all adult anglers participating in fishing tournaments on Free Fishing Days must have a license.

Find Fishing Close to Home

For fishing tips, species identification, and places to cast your line in New Hampshire, consult our Shoreline Fishing Guides to the Manchester/Nashua Region, the Concord/Capital Region, the Great North Woods, the Southwest Region, Seacoast, the Lakes Region, Southeastern NH and the Upper Valley!

Visit or call (603) 271-2501.

New Hampshire Shoreline Fishing Guide Brochures

Share your love of fishing with others — Become a “Let’s Go Fishing” Instructor!

Volunteer instructors needed.

Learn more: Call (603) 271-3212 or visit

Aquatic Resources Education
N.H. Fish and Game Department