NH "Let's Go Fishing" Program Seeks Volunteer Fishing Instructors

CONCORD, N.H. -- Are you an avid angler looking to give back to your community and share your love of fishing? NH Fish and Game's "Let's Go Fishing" program is currently seeking volunteer instructors to teach ice fishing, fly fishing or basic fishing to youth and adults.

Registration has opened for free training sessions that are a requirement for becoming certified as a Let's Go Fishing instructor. To sign up, you must print out and return a Let's Go Fishing volunteer application form, which can be found on the NH Fish and Game website at www.fishnh.com/fishing/lgf-volunteers.html (to request one by mail or email, contact 603-271-3212 or aquatic-ed@wildlife.nh.gov). Applications must be received by Friday, November 20, 2015 to reserve your spot in the free trainings.

Those being certified must attend both an overview training session and at least one specialty training class. The overview session covers the ins and outs of the N.H. Fish and Game Department and the Let's Go Fishing program, as well teaching practices and principles. The specialty sessions focus on the specific programs presented -- ice fishing, fly fishing or basic fishing. These sessions cover ethics, pond ecology, rules and regulations, equipment and safety. Instructors must attend the specialty training session for each course topic they wish to teach.

The Let's Go Fishing program will hold the first half of the two-part certification training for new fishing instructors on Saturday, December 12, 2015, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at Fish and Game Headquarters, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord N.H. Lunch is provided. This class is required for all new instructors.

All instructors also must attend the second half of the certification training for the specific type of course they will be teaching, as listed below. These training sessions take place from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at Fish and Game Headquarters, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord. Lunch is provided.

  • Ice Fishing: Sunday, December 13, 2015
  • Basic Fishing: Saturday, January 9, 2016
  • Fly Fishing: Sunday, January 10, 2016

After completing the training, participants have the chance to join an existing team of volunteer fishing instructors who present programs across the state. The Let's Go Fishing program also offers: saltwater fishing, fly tying and saltwater fly fishing.

Thousands of children and adults have learned to be safe, ethical and successful anglers through the Let's Go Fishing program. The program is federally funded through the Sport Fish Restoration Program, supported by an excise tax on fishing equipment and motorboat fuels.