On Saturday, You Can 'Walk On The Water' With N.H.'s Free Ice Fishing Day

Jan 18, 2019

Ice fishing bobhouses on a frozen North Country pond.
Credit A. Schafermeyer via NHFG

New Hampshire residents can fish for free without a license Saturday.

The state Fish & Game Department holds these free fishing days every year, in summer and winter.

Inland fisheries program supervisor Scott Decker says the experience at this time of year is a little different.

“You’re actually able to walk on the water,” he says.

Anglers can find trout, bass, perch, pickerel and other popular species below the ice of New Hampshire's lakes and ponds. Open water and stream fishing will also be permitted.

The license-free fishing day is open to residents of any ages and experience. Decker says it’s one way his department try to recruit new anglers to the sport.

"It gives folks a chance at giving it a try if they're not sure about it, and hopefully switch them over to a lifelong fisherman or fisherperson,” he says.

All other state rules about catch limits, allowed species and locations still apply.