People can fish for free in Connecticut this Sunday, Father\u2019s 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 \u2014 whether a Connecticut resident or non-resident \u2014 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 (www.ct.gov\/deep\/sportsmenlicensing) or at any venue that sells fishing licenses. The state\u2019s second Free Fishing License Day is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 15. Connecting with the outdoors Free Fishing License Days are another of DEEP\u2019s initiatives developed to connect people with outdoor activities and Connecticut\u2019s natural resources. \u201cStudies have shown that people who are hesitant about trying fishing often cite the license fee as a primary reason,\u201d said Susan Whalen, DEEP deputy commissioner. \u201cThe 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.\u201d Peter Aarrestad, DEEP\u2019s Inland Fisheries Division director, added, \u201cWe 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.\u201d 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\u2019s Guide online at www.ct.gov\/deep\/anglersguide.