DEEP Sponsors ‘Free Fishing License Day' and Saltwater Fishing Day

The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection will allow anyone 16 or older to obtain a free one-day fishing license this Saturday, Aug. 12.

This opportunity coincides with the DEEP sponsoring the No Child Left Inside program at the 6th annual Saltwater Fishing Day in New London.

“Free Fishing License Day” permits both residents and non-residents of the state to receive this license to visit any inland or saltwater fishing area in Connecticut.

Those who wish to participate in this opportunity are able to do so by going to the DEEP website or to any official fishing license venue.

According to DEEP Deputy Commissioner Susan Whalen this day will, “connect people with outdoor activities and Connecticut’s natural resources. This day reflects how fishing is much more than catching fish. For many, the quality time spent connecting with friends and family outdoors is priceless.”

For those younger than 16, the Saltwater Fishing Day at Fort Trumbull in New London is part of this initiative by DEEP to get children to experience their environments and search for fish or crabs, and participate in fishing activities while learning various fishing tactics.

This event will take place Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The DEEP and the Connecticut Bureau of Aquaculture have exhibits throughout the state in conjunction with Saturday’s two other events.

More information about where people will be able to take advantage as well as fishing regulations for the state of “Free Fishing License Day” can be found here.

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