Experience Fishing Fun at DEC’S Family Fishing Clinic at Carpenter Brook Fish Hatchery
On Saturday, June 7, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), Onondaga County Parks, and Friends of Carpenter’s Brook Fish Hatchery will conduct a free Family Fishing Clinic at Carpenters Brook Fish Hatchery located on Route 321 in Elbridge, Onondaga County. The clinic will consist of two separate instructional sessions presented by DEC staff and volunteers.
The first session will run from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and the second from 12:30 p.m to 3:30 p.m. Each session will consist of five 15-minute breakout stations with instruction in: common fishing tackle and techniques, fish identification and biology, conservation and ethics, aquatic ecology, and fish preparation and cooking. During the second half of the session the group will divide their time between casting practice and fishing. Fishing rods, tackle, bait and educational materials will be provided.
Sign-up is by pre-registration only and is limited to 100 individuals per session (children under age 16 must be supervised). There is no cost for this program. For information or to pre-register contact the Carpenter’s Brook Fish Hatchery at 315-689-9367, and remember to mention which session you would like to attend. No fishing license is required during the event.
There are a number of other “Free Fishing Events” held throughout New York State. Free Fishing Events are DEC sponsored events (such as family fishing clinics) where participants can learn about fish identification, fishing equipment and techniques, fisheries management, angling ethics and aquatic ecology. Each of DEC’s nine regions can sponsor up to four free fishing events per year. There are three other clinics planned in Region 7/Central New York this spring. They are being held in conjunction with various sporting organizations. The Iroquois Chapter of Trout Unlimited partnered with DEC at Mill Run Park in Manlius on Saturday, May 17, for a free fishing clinic. On June 8, the Falcon Sportsmen Kid’s Fishing Derby will be held at the Falcon Sportsmen Club in Auburn. The Broome County Sportsman’s Kid’s Fishing Derby will be held on Saturday, Sept. 27 at Nathanial Cole Park in Harpusville. For more details on these events and to view a listing of other events statewide, visit the DEC’s website at http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/27123.html and be sure to check back periodically to see if additional events have been added.
In addition, New York State designates the last full weekend in June as Free Fishing Days. During those two days anyone can fish New York State waters, and no fishing license is required. This event started in 1991 to give people the opportunity to sample the incredible fishing New York State has to offer. Since no license is required, it is the perfect time to take a friend or relative fishing. In 2008, New York State’s Free Fishing Days are Saturday and Sunday, June 28 and 29.
First time anglers, as well as those who have drifted away from the sport, should take advantage of these opportunities to see how much fun fishing can be. For more information about Free Fishing Days, contact the Region 7 DEC Fisheries Office at 607-753-3095 ext. 213.