Free Fishing Day in CT is Saturday; No license required

The state has designated this Saturday as Free Fishing Day, where no fishing license will be required in Connecticut. The day is open to adults and children, residents and non-residents, and applies to all public waters of the state.

Daniel C. Esty, state energy and environmental protection commissioner, said May 11 is a good opportunity for experienced anglers to get a family member, friend or acquaintance outdoors and introduce them to the sport of fishing.

“This year we are offering a free day of fishing in the spring, when anglers can take full advantage of the nice weather, all the trout that we’ve stocked throughout the state, and all the other great fishing opportunities available in Connecticut,” Esty said.

Family Fishing Day is free in Derby

One of the fishing events scheduled to take place Saturday is a Family Fishing Day at Osborndale State Park in Derby from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Family Fishing Day is free and no registration is required.

Activities will include fishing on Pickett’s Pond, fish sampling, fish stocking, a fish fry, games and prizes. It is part of the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s (DEEP) Great Park Pursuit Spring Sprint, designed to get more children to spend time outdoors.

For information on Family Fishing Day in Derby, email or call DEEP at 860-418-5981.

Other fishing laws still apply

Anglers should be aware that although no licenses are required, all other Connecticut fishing laws and regulations apply on Free Fishing Day.

Learn more about the regulations in the 2013 Connecticut Angler’s Guide, found online at Print versions of the guides are available at more than 350 locations statewide.