“Let’s Go Fishing” Event Celebrates Weeks Act Centennial and National Get Outdoors Day

May 23rd, 2011 by Melissa

Learn how to fish or develop your fishing skills at a fun free event on Saturday, June 18, at Wildcat Mountain Resort (Route 16, Pinkham Notch). The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., rain or shine; registration closes at 12 noon, so get there early! “Let’s Go Fishing” volunteer instructors and staff from the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department will be joined by representatives from the U.S. Forest Service and the Appalachian Mountain Club to provide a wealth of experience and knowledge to help the beginning angler get started. The special “Let’s Go Fishing” Event at Wildcat Mountain Celebrates the Weeks Act Centennial and National Get Outdoors Day.

Participants who register on the morning of the event will receive a “passport” outlining 5 stations that must be completed before they can begin fishing. Educational and instructional skill stations will include: Knot Tying; Fish ID; Casting; Ecology; Macro Invertebrates; and Fishing. Each station activity will take 15-20 minutes to complete and once an activity has been completed, the passport will be stamped and the aspiring angler will be one step closer to casting a line in the stocked fishing pond! No fishing license is needed to participate in “Let’s Go Fishing” activities such as this event.

All ages are welcome at this free event, but children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. All participants should bring sturdy footwear and clothing as well as personal sun protection (hat, sunglasses, sunscreen) and bug repellent. The fishing pond at Wildcat Mountain is accessible via the “C lot” entrance located approximately a quarter mile past the main entrance on the north-bound side of Route 16 heading toward Gorham, N.H.

Co-sponsored by the White Mountain Interpretative Association, the “Let’s Go Fishing” Event at Wildcat Mountain is part of a coordinated statewide celebration of the Weeks Act Centennial and honoring the tradition of conservation and partnerships exemplified by the act, which created our Eastern National Forests, including the White Mountain National Forest. This observance of the Weeks Act provides an opportunity to promote increased awareness of sustainable forestry, land stewardship and citizen-based conservation. This event is also included among the National Get Outdoors Day events in June, which encourage Americans, especially our youth, to seek out healthy, active outdoor lives and embrace our parks, forests, refuges and other public lands and waters.