NY DEC’S Family Fishing Clinic Set for June 6 at Carpenter Brook Fish Hatchery

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Auburn Free Fishing Day To Follow on June 7

NY DEC'S Family Fishing Clinic Set for June 6 at Carpenter Brook Fish HatcheryOn Saturday, June 6, 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 volunteer sportsmen and women.

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 split time between casting practice and fishing. Fishing rods, tackle, bait and educational materials will be provided.

Sign-up is by preregistration 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 preregister 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 is a second free fishing event being held in Region 7 in Auburn. It is being sponsored by the Falcon Sportsmen and will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m at the Falcon Sportsmen Club on Turnpike Road on Sunday, June 7. For more details on these events and to view a list of other events statewide, visit the DEC’s website. 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. In 2009, New York State’s Free Fishing Days are June 27 and 28.

First-time anglers, as well as those who have drifted away from the sport, can 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.

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