Published DateMEREDITH — On Saturday, February 9, in conjunction with the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, The Meredith Rotary Ice Fishing Derby will host the "Let's Go Fishing" program. This is a free hands-on clinic for kids and their parents on the basics of ice fishing that has been developed and will be presented by the Fish and Game Department.
Sessions will run hourly at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m. at in the roped-off area on Meredith Bay near the Meredith Rotary Headquarters trailer on Lake Winnipesaukee. Participants will learn about ice-fishing techniques, including using tip-ups, sounding the hole and operating power augers. The program will be conducted by Karina Walsh, who is the program coordinator for the "Let's Go Fishing" program at the New Hampshire Fish & Game department.
Tickets for the Great Meredith Rotary Ice Fishing Derby available to purchase online at the Meredith Rotary website (www.meredithrotary.org) through February 6, and are also available at a wide variety of vendors throughout New Hampshire. Beginning on Friday, February 8 at 8 a.m., tickets will be available at the Rotary Derby headquarters trailer in Meredith.
"Remember, you don't have to fish to win cash prizes," according to Jim Nagle, Derby Chairman for 2013. "Everyone who purchases a $30 Derby Ticket has the opportunity to win hundreds of dollars in cash prizes throughout the weekend. Additionally, there are two $5,000 cash drawings during the Derby," according to Nagle.
"This will mark the 34th year of the Ice Fishing Derby," Nagle stated, "and with our new rules and prize structure that includes more than $50,000 in cash prizes, we are expecting a big crowd and a great time to be had by all."
Late breaking information is always available by calling 603-279-7600 or by visiting the Meredith Rotary Club website at (www.meredithrotary.org) or Facebook page.