PLAN A FAMILY OUTING: Fish for free on Father’s Day in CT

People can fish for free in Connecticut this Sunday, Father’s Day. Normally, to fish legally in Connecticut, anyone 16 years of age or older must obtain a fishing license.

Due to legislation passed in 2014, the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) can designate up to two dates per year as a Free Fishing License Day.

To fish on these days, anyone — whether a Connecticut resident or non-resident — can obtain a free one-day fishing license good for both the inland and marine districts.

These licenses can be obtained through the DEEP online sportsmen licensing system ( or at any venue that sells fishing licenses.

The state’s second Free Fishing License Day is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 15.

Connecting with the outdoors

Free Fishing License Days are another of DEEP’s initiatives developed to connect people with outdoor activities and Connecticut’s natural resources.

“Studies have shown that people who are hesitant about trying fishing often cite the license fee as a primary reason,” said Susan Whalen, DEEP deputy commissioner. “The intent of each Free Fishing License Day is to encourage anyone who is considering taking up fishing, but is unwilling to make the commitment to purchase a license, to give fishing a try.”

Peter Aarrestad, DEEP’s Inland Fisheries Division director, added, “We know that once people try fishing and visit our many lakes, ponds, rivers, streams, and Long Island Sound they will be amazed at how much they have been missing.”

Plan a family outing

This day also provides families the opportunity to plan a family outing focused around fishing together as each family member 16 years of age or older can obtain a free one-day fishing license.

Need to find a place to fish? Check out the listings of lakes, ponds, rivers, streams, and coastal access points in the 2015 Connecticut Angler’s Guide online at