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Try Something New: Learn How + Where to Ice Fish Near the Upper Valley

Feb 21, 2022 11:52AM ● By Rose Terami

Ice fishing is a popular winter pastime in places where water bodies freeze over and where temperatures stay low enough to support some weight. Midwinter in Vermont and New Hampshire is the perfect time to engage in the sport and learn about different local fish species.

In Vermont, residents and non-residents over the age of 15 must hold a fishing license in order to fish, no matter the time of year. For specific hunting licenses, you may need to pass a safety training course beforehand.

In New Hampshire, fishing licenses are also required for residents and non-residents over the age of 16. In both states, there are regulations that prohibit ice fishing in certain areas and guidelines for species of fish that cannot be hunted or are subject to catch-and-release rules.

With this in mind, it’s a good idea to double-check state requirements before you go ice fishing, and if you’re a beginner, consider signing up for a guided experience to learn the ins and outs from a professional.

TBC Guide Services--Kayak & Ice Fishing Specialists: 

  • Located in Hanover, NH
  • Open daily from 7 am-7 pm
  • Your guide is certified in Wilderness First Response and Swiftwater Rescue
  • Your party meets the guide at a predetermined boat launch location near Norwich, VT
  • Your guide ensures that you have the proper gear and equipment before leaving
  • Fishing equipment and single or tandem kayaks are provided
  • You will be taught river safety, paddling techniques, and ice fishing etiquette
  • Visit their website for more information and call (828)-246-5616 to book an experience

Stay Bent Fishing Tours:

  • Based in Bethel, VT
  • Offers guided fishing trips throughout Vermont (featuring trips on the White River in the Upper Valley)
  • Top-quality fishing equipment is provided
  • Ice fishing trips cost $150 per person ($100/person for 3 or more people) with a max of 8 people per party, and rates include provided equipment.
  • Open Monday-Friday 8 am-5 pm.
  • Call (802)-296-1791 for more information and to inquire about trip dates

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