Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has designated Saturday “Free Fishing License Day” in the state.
Any resident or non-resident, 16 or older, can obtain a free one-day fishing license through the DEEP online sportsmen licensing system (http://www.ct.gov/deep/fishing) or at any venue that sells fishing licenses. The license will allow holders to fish for free from both inland and saltwater fishing areas, DEEP said in a Tuesday press release.
DEEP said those who are 15 or younger do not need a fishing license but can obtain a “Youth Fishing Passport” by registering at http://www.ct.gov/deep/yfp using the same online system.
From 10 a.m. ton 3 p.m. on Saturday, a special 6th Annual Saltwater Fishing Day event will be held at Fort Trumbull State Park in New London. The event is sponsored by DEEP’s No Child Left Inside® program and the Connecticut Aquatic Resources Education (CARE) programs.
To celebrate Saltwater Fishing Day at Ft. Trumbull, there will be fishing and crabbing opportunities for the entire family and educational activities. State Environmental Conservation (EnCon) Police will have a saltwater fish exhibit and answer questions. CARE will feature a “touch tank” with live marine species. Connecticut Department of Agriculture/Bureau of Aquaculture staff will also do an oyster shucking demonstration. CT Sea Grant will have information about shellfish and seaweed aquaculture. Mystic Seaport will have a table with information on cod fishing, artifacts related to cod fishery of the 19th century and a paper dory boat craft activity.
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