DEC Partners With The City Of Albany To Host Free Family Fishing Event

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Fishing Season Kicks Off with Family Fishing and Trout Stocking Event at Six Mile Waterworks

A free family fishing event will take place on Saturday, May 3 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. (rain or shine) at the City of Albany’s Six Mile Waterworks, state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Pete Grannis and Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings announced today.

“These free fishing events are an excellent way to help citizens enjoy, understand, and take part in protecting the fishery resources in New York State,” said Grannis. “The goal of this and similar events across the state is to increase fishing participation and connect people to the outdoors. Participants not only have fun, but also learn about an outdoor recreational activity that they can enjoy throughout their life. Events like these are an example of the types of programs the DEC plans on bringing to urban areas across the state through an expanded I FISH NY effort.”

“I congratulate the DEC for its sponsorship of the I FISH NY program,” said Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings. “Introducing this initiative at Six Mile Waterworks will further enhance the recreational opportunities for all to enjoy, especially those designed to increase participation in fishing. I am confident that young and old alike will take advantage of this sport in one of Albany’s most pristine settings.”

The I FISH NY program teaches New Yorkers, particularly school-aged children, about aquatic resources and fishing. Program participants learn about the life history and habitat needs of New York fishes, basic fishing skills, and where to fish in close proximity to their homes.

DEC has hosted both freshwater and saltwater clinics in the past, with the freshwater clinics designated as DEC “Free Fishing Events” where anyone can fish without purchasing a fishing license. At these events, DEC staff is available to provide information on local fish diversity, fishing regulations and fish consumption, and to assist anyone who desires to fish in New York, no matter what their age.

Six Mile Waterworks contains a variety of warm water fish species. In addition, DEC staff will be stocking the reservoir with up to 2,000 rainbow trout prior to the event.

DEC staff will be on hand at the reservoir to assist people who are new to fishing and will have stations staffed to assist people with knot tying, rigging up, etc. Rods will be available for loan to those that do not have them (approximately 100 rods). However, since supply is relatively limited, people are encouraged to bring freshwater fishing tackle if they have it. DEC will also provide bait, bobbers and hooks until supplies run out.

An area will also be set aside for people to learn how to use the spin-casting gear that will be used. Planned seminars include: Basic Trout Fishing at 10:30 a.m. and Basic Bass Fishing at 12:00 p.m.

Those desiring more information on the “I FISH NY” program should contact Gregory Kozlowski with DEC’s Fisheries Office at 402-8890 or visit the DEC website at www.dec.ny.gov .