Free Ice Fishing Clinic for Kids at Meredith Derby

MEREDITH — On Saturday, February 8, 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. The clinic is geared toward kids but is open to anyone; those 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult. All equipment will be provided and people do not need to have a fishing license to participate.

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 trailer on Lake Winnipesaukee.

Participants will learn about ice-fishing techniques, including using tip-ups, sounding the hole and operating power augers. Then the kids will fish! Once again, as she has done for many years, 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 are currently available to purchase online at the Meredith Rotary website (, as well as a wide variety of vendors throughout New Hampshire. Starting on Friday, February 7 at 8 a.m., tickets will be available at the Rotary HQ trailer in Meredith. Price of a Derby ticket is $30.

"Remember, you don't have to fish to win cash prizes," according to Betsey Donovan, Derby Chairman for 2014. "Everyone who purchases the $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 weekend," according to Donovan.

"This will mark the 35th year of the Ice Fishing Derby," Donovan 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 ( or Facebook page.