DEC Announces Free Local Fishing Clinics

September 27, 2013 Updated May 20, 2011 at 11:47 AM EDT

By WKBW News

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DEC Announces Free Local Fishing Clinics

September 27, 2013 Updated May 20, 2011 at 11:47 AM EDT

(WKBW release) The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced Friday that several free fishing clinics will be held in Western New York throughout late May and June.

These family-friendly events will offer free instruction on basic fish identification, aquatic ecology, fishing equipment and techniques to anglers of all ages.

In addition, DEC has designated the last full weekend in June (June 25-26) as a free fishing weekend, enabling all residents and visitors to fish New York State’s waters without a freshwater fishing license. Although a fishing license is not required for the upcoming free clinics or free fishing weekend, DEC’s other fishing rules and regulations will remain in effect.

“The upcoming free fishing weekend and free fishing clinics provide a great opportunity for anglers of all ages to learn more about fishing while enjoying some of our area’s great outdoor resources,” Regional Director Abby Snyder said.

Upcoming free fishing clinics in the Western New York area include:

Free Learn to Fish Family Picnic
Letchworth State Park Trout Pond – near Trailside Lodge
Saturday, May 28, 2011
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Information: Letchworth State Park (585) 493-3600

USFWS Fish & Wildlife Festival and Youth Fishing Contest
Hyde Park Lake - Niagara Falls, NY
Saturday, June 4, 2011
Fishing 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., festival 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Information: Sandra Keppner (716) 691-5456

Tifft Nature Preserve Family Fishing Day Clinic
Tifft Nature Preserve - Buffalo, NY
Saturday, June 11, 2011
9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Registration: Michael Todd (716) 851-7010

DEC/Erie Federation Youth Fishing Clinic
Chestnut Ridge Park - Orchard Park, NY
Saturday, June 25, 2011
9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Registration: East Aurora Boys and Girls Club (716) 652-4180

Pre-registration for free fishing clinics is preferred for events at Tifft Nature Preserve and Chestnut Ridge Park. Adult supervision is required for all participating children. Participants are encouraged to bring their own fishing equipment, but fishing equipment will also be available to borrow at all but the June 4th event. A freshwater fishing license is not required for these events. For more information please contact Michael Todd of DEC’s Fisheries Division at (716) 851-7010.

More information about fishing in New York State, as well as weekly updated fishing hotlines for popular fishing areas in Western New York, are available on DEC’s website at www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/fishhotlines.html .