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 www.ct.gov/DEEP/fishing.
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 Rachael.firstname.lastname@example.org or call DEEP at
860-418-5981. More information on the “The Great Park Pursuit Spring
Sprint” can be found at www.NoChildLeftInside.org.
Other fishing events on tap for this coming Saturday include:
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.
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 www.mianustu.org. For reservations email email@example.com or call 203-216-7078.
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:
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.
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.