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How to Receive a Free Fishing License this Weekend

Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) is hosting a "Free Fishing License Day" this Saturday, August 11.

"The designated 'Free Fishing License Day' is one of DEEP’s initiatives designed to connect people with outdoor activities and Connecticut’s natural resources," Susan Whalen, DEEP Deputy Commissioner, said in a statement. "'Free Fishing License Day' reflects how fishing is much more than catching fish. For many, the quality time spent connecting with friends and family outdoors is priceless."

Everyone 16 or older can fish for free, residents or non-residents, after getting the free one-day fishing license at

Those who are 15 years or younger do not need a fishing license but can register using the same online system to receive a Youth Fishing Passport. This provides access to two fishing related activities and a list of sponsors who are offering discounts or free items to passport holders.

August 11 is also the 7th Annual Saltwater Fishing Day event in New London. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., there will be fishing and crabbing opportunities for the entire family at Fort Trumbull State Park on the Fishing Pier. The event is sponsored by DEEP's No Child Left Inside and the Connecticut Aquatic Resources Education programs.

State agencies and other organizations will be there to provide educational activities, exhibits and a touch tank with live marine species.

By combining the annual Saltwater Fishing Day with Free Fishing License Day, DEEP hopes to provide families the opportunity to plan an outing focused around fishing together as a family.

“We know many people would like to try saltwater fishing but may not know of an opportunity to do so. Combining Free Fishing License Day and Saltwater Fishing Day provides a great opportunity for the new or experienced angler to fish for marine species,” said Whalen.

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