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Free Fishing Days in New Hampshire

New Hampshire offers two free fishing days each year, so make plans to get out and cast a line with family and friends.  Free fishing days are offered on:

  • The first Saturday in June, and
  • The third Saturday in January.

NOTEPersons participating in a fishing tournament must still hold a license, even on free fishing day.

Free Fishing Day Rules:

• State residents and nonresidents alike can fish any inland water - or saltwater - in New Hampshire that day without a fishing license.

• Note that season dates, bag limits and all other fishing regulations must be followed on Free Fishing Day.

For details on fishing rules, consult the New Hampshire Freshwater Fishing Digest.

 

Read more fishing information - stocking reports, tackle tips, access sites, lake depths and fishing reports from across the state. And check out our regional fishing brochures, with suggestions on where to fish from the shoreline, currently available for Manchester/Nashua, the North Country, southwestern New Hampshire, the Lakes Region, and the seacoast.

 

If you get hooked on Free Fishing Day, enjoy the fun year round. Licenses are available online or from any of 250 friendly local license agents statewide. You don't need a license if you are under the age 16 in New Hampshire. 

 

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Building boats that build character

My Daughter Mariella, age 15 by her wonderful Canoe she built, The "Free Spirit"

Since 1992, the Boat Museum in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire had the idea of preserving the boating heritage of the New Hampshire Lakes for all of us to remember. For me, beginning at 8:30 Am on July 5th, 2011 it became a place to actually build a boat with my fifteen-year-old daughter Mariella, a time for us to never forget.
In an age of instant messaging, instant this and instant that, so many things grab the attention of peoples lives. And, here we were, getting up early in the morning, standing under tents in 80+ degree weather for at least 6 hours a day for 6 days, making a boat that requires teamwork, patience, time, diligence and a lot of learning. It was hard work. It was hot. Yet Mariella would be knocking on my shoulder to wake me up to get going.
In my life, boats have always built fond memories; from challenging fellow 8 year old campers in canoes cut in half at Camp Deerhorn in Wisconsin, sailing at my grandfather’s place on Lake Michigan, traveling by boat everywhere before being allowed to drive a car at our family’s island cottage in Canada, cruising in Boston Harbor, enjoying the views from the Mt Washington on Winnipesaukee, and morning kayaking on a small lake in Northwood with my daughter.
Building a boat brings a whole new level of memories to cherish.

Building Boats, My Early Years.
I remember as a kid helping to build a “McGregor Bay Sled” up at our family’s cottage in Canada. These were big flat bottom utility boats, 4 feet wide, 16 feet long, and could carry anything, weighed a ton, and go anywhere slow. It was made with heavy marine plywood, a bunch of bolts, gallons of glue, and some lead paint I am sure. When the transom rotted, we would simply cut off the bad part, move it forward and screw it back on until it got so bow heavy that the propeller stuck out of the water in the stern. It took two weeks and 5 of us to build.

Building Boats, Our Wolfeboro Week
At the Boat Museum, Mariella and I built something far more elegant, far more refined, and far less heavy. It is called a “six-hour canoe” –The six-hour part –well that was how long it took for us to put the two sides together. It was really a six-day canoe for us. We made it by hand out of wood—cutting, bending, nailing, screwing, planning, sanding, fiberglassing, varnishing, and painting--into a masterpiece –using the many tools provided--and a lot of patience.
We also were able to add personal touches including a curved deck on the bow and stern held down by brass nails and a few brass goodies from Bradley's Hardware and Goodhue and Hawkins.

 

For the price of a normal summer camp, the New Hampshire Boat Museum Boat Building Program---well you came away with a beautiful boat, and memories that will last a lifetime.


“Free Spirit”, a canoe designed in the past, was built with newly learned skills, by Mariella’s own talented hands.
 

Here is a video my daughter made of the making of Free Spirit.

Video on Mariella's "Free Spirit" at the Boat Building School NH

Building Free Spirit was an great experience. And it only took six days!  Enjoy :)

Posted by Mariella Travis on Friday, September 2, 2011
 
                               
Check out the Boat Building Program and other events won't you?

 

New Hampshire Boat Museum

399 Center St., Wolfeboro Falls, NH

EMAIL

museum@nhbm.org

WEB SITE:

http://www.nhbm.org

603.569.4554

HOURS

OPEN: Memorial Day Weekend through Columbus Day

Monday through Saturday 10 – 4
Sunday Noon – 4

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