CONCORD — The temperatures are dropping, and lakes and ponds are forming some great ice this year.
Now that the hustle and bustle of the holiday season is over, 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 offer several ice fishing classes open to the public this winter. Classes are free unless otherwise noted. Be sure to call ahead to reserve a space.
Lebanon Recreation Department: Three-part course on Tuesdays, Jan. 14 and 21, from 5 to 7:00 p.m.; and Saturday, Jan. 25, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Visit webtrac.lebcity.com, or call 448-5121 to sign up or for more information.
Greenland Recreation Department: One-day workshop on Sunday, Jan. 26, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit greenlandrec.com to sign up and to get more information.
Laconia Recreation Department: One-day workshop on Saturday, Feb. 1, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Call 524-5046 to sign up and to get more information.
Melendy Pond, Route 13, Brookline: Drop-in workshops Saturday, Feb. 8, and Sunday, Feb. 9, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Come when you can and stay as long as you like; this free clinic does not require reservations. Contact Dale Riley, Tuesday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 673-2987 or evenings at 673-4036.
Amoskeag Fishways, Manchester: Two-part class on Friday, Feb. 14, from 6 to 8 p.m., and Saturday, Feb. 15, from 9 a.m. to noon. Contact the Amoskeag Fishways at 626-3474 for more information
Robinson Pond, Robinson Road, Hudson: Drop-in workshops Saturday, Feb. 22, and Sunday, Feb. 23, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Come when you can and stay as long as you like; this free clinic does not require reservations. Contact Dale Riley, Tuesday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 673-2987 or evenings at 673-4036
Haverhill Recreation Department: One-day workshop on Saturday, Feb. 22, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 787-6096 for more information.
Grantham Recreation Department: One-day workshop on Saturday, March 1, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Email email@example.com or call 443-2894 for more information.
All the ice fishing classes include a hands-on indoor session where students learn about ice fishing equipment, safety and practices, and winter ecology of lakes and ponds. They also include a field trip where students head out to a local pond and put their newly learned skills to the test.
Classes are open to anyone, however, those 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
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_class_schedule.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.