May 8, 2013

Connecticut Free Fishing Day - Sept 11, 2013

If you have needed a reason to get outside and try your hand at some fishing, well then how does FREE sound?  That's right, free!  Connecticut's 2013 Free Fishing day is here!

The Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) has designated Saturday, May 11th 2013, as a “Free Fishing Day” in Connecticut where no fishing license will be required. Anyone, residents and non-residents, can fish any fresh or marine public waters without having to have a fishing license. Please note that all other rules and regulations including any closed seasons, size and possession limits and gear restrictions still apply. Please visit our 2013 Angler’s Guide for a summary of places to fish and key rules and regulations at

There are a number of fishing events scheduled to take place on “Free Fishing Day.” A “Family Fishing Day” is scheduled as part of DEEP’s “Great Park Pursuit Spring Sprint” at Osborndale State Park (Derby). This event will run from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, and there will be plenty of activities including fishing on Pickett’s Pond, fish sampling, fish stocking, a fish fry, games and prizes. The Great Park Pursuit is a part of the agency’s No Child Left Inside® initiative. For more information on “Family Fishing Day” email or call DEEP at 860-418-5981. More information on the “The Great Park Pursuit Spring Sprint” can be found at

Other fishing events on tap for this coming Saturday include:
Kent Falls State Park, Route 7, Kent CT- Fly Fishing Clinic. The Northwestern CT Chapter of Trout Unlimited will be providing fly fishing and fly fishing instructions (including proper fish handling) and fly tying demonstrations between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. Please contact Jim Fedorich tel. # 860-482 4544 or cell # 860- 689-2735.

Merwin Meadows, Wilton CT- Fly Fishing Clinic. The Mianus Chapter of Trout Unlimited is offering a free Fly Fishing Clinic at Merwin Meadows Park in Wilton between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. Fly casting, knot tying, aquatic insect identification and a late barbecue lunch are on the schedule here. More information can be found at For reservations email or call 203-216-7078.

Chatfield Hollow State Park, Route 80, Killingworth, CT - Youth Education Day. The Hammonasset Chapter of Trout Unlimited is hosting its 11th Annual Hammonasset Chapter Trout Unlimited Youth Education Day event and many of the local youth throughout the area have participated in this exciting event in the past. It’s a great event and kids rotate thru three different stations (Fly Casting, Fly Tying, River Ecology) every hour on the hour from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm and at noon we have lunch, prizes and fishing. Please RSVP via email to Ron Graziani at

Mirror Lake, Hubbard Park, Meriden, CT- Two events:
Children’s fishing derby. Annual children's fishing event sponsored by the Meriden Rod and Gun Club and the City of Meriden with prizes in various age groups for biggest fish and most fish caught. Each child also gets a free hotdog and soft drink. Some of the top prizes include bicycles. This event is rain or shine and starts at 10:00 am.

Introduction to carp fishing. A free talk and demonstration of carp fishing and fishing tackle will be hosted by Saxon Tackle. Youth carp fishing will also be available. Everyone gets to take a turn with loaner tackle. As there is a limited amount of tackle, plan on sharing so everyone has a chance to try carp fishing. It is suggested that all fish be released so they can be caught by another angler. Area experts will be available to help you try out carp fishing and to answer your questions starting at 10:00 am. Contact Bill Gerrish at 860-424-FISH for more information.


  1. Just posted about that myself. Free is always good.

  2. I did a CARE fishing day last week, and people were very interested in the free fishing day. Hopefully, a few more people will get into it.