A ‘reel’ good time: Free Fishing Day is Saturday, June 6

On Free Fishing Day, you can fish anywhere in New Hampshire — freshwater or saltwater — without a fishing license

Adam Wetherbee Salmon

On Free Fishing Day, you can fish anywhere in New Hampshire — freshwater or saltwater — without a fishing license. Both state residents and nonresidents may participate.

Plan to enjoy the day fishing with your immediate family, but if you are fishing with friends be sure to maintain the recommended six feet of social distancing whether angling from the shore or from a boat. All other fishing regulations apply and must be followed, including season dates and bag limits.

“Free Fishing Day is a great opportunity for anglers of all skill levels to discover—or rediscover—what makes fishing in the Granite State so special, and it’s a great day for families to enjoy the outdoors together,” said Jason Smith, Inland Fisheries Chief for the NH Fish and Game Department. “Everyone is sure to be ‘hooked’ after an exciting day of fishing.”

Consider including a few “fishing holes” in your plan for the day as some locations may be crowded. To maintain six feet of social distancing between anglers, it may be necessary to fish at an alternate destination.

For details on fishing rules for various waters, consult the New Hampshire Freshwater and Saltwater Fishing Digests, available at www.fishnh.com/fishing/publications.html.

Find lots more information about fishing in New Hampshire at www.fishnh.com/fishing. You can see lists of waterbodies, brochures with regional fishing destinations, public access sites where you can launch a boat or kayak, and much more.

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