KIDS: Connecticut Fishing for Kids

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Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection - Fishing Events for Kids 2019
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Opening Day of Trout Season 2019
Opening Day of Trout Season is April 13, 2019 at 6:00 AM. Take a child fishing!!
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The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, Fisheries Division, sponsors FREE fishing classes. Families and individuals age nine and up are encouraged to attend classes held throughout the year across Connecticut. Classes are taught by state certified volunteer instructors through the Connecticut Aquatic Resources Education (CARE) Program. The classes vary in length from half-day events to four-day courses. All locations provide access for the disabled and all fishing tackle and course materials are provided free of charge!  Students will receive official diplomas upon successful completion of the course.
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To learn more about the CARE Program, visit the CARE webpage or call the CARE Center at (860) 663-1656.
Currently scheduled courses.
Family Fishing Courses  Our very best! Learn all you need to know about water, fish and fishing. Spend time learning with experienced Instructors in the classroom, then go on a fishing trip! Local recreation departments and outdoor education centers host many of these classes.
Courses at the CARE Center  School teachers and homeschool group leaders should contact us. Students complete several lessons offsite and then visit our Center and pond for a fishing adventure.
Ice Fishing Classes and Events  Learn about this fun and interesting sport. January classes in towns across the State lead up to an actual family ice fishing experience.
Summer Fishing Classes  Half-day classes are offered to day camps and youth groups each summer. Environmental activities are followed by time spent fishing. Access to fishable water is required.
Special Fishing Classes and Events  Mostly single-day events, they may include casting practice, a fishing derby, fly-tying or anything else related to water, fish and fishing.

If you are under 16 years of age, get your YOUth Fishing Passport now! It's free!
It gives you access to a wide variety of fun events.

On-line signup available. (Get parental/guardian permission before you register.)
The YOUth Fishing Passport is your invitation to many great fishing destinations in Connecticut.  By registering for free in the CT DEEP Online Sportsmen Licensing System you will be issued a lifetime Conservation ID number and be able to print your Passport.  Passport holders will have the opportunity to participate in fishing activities specifically designed for them.  In addition, passport holders may receive a variety of benefits from supporting organizations and participating stores.
Trout Parks - For family fishing fun, visit one of the Trout Parks. 11 water bodies in Connecticut have been designated as Trout Parks. Trout Parks are located in easily accessible areas to enhance trout fishing opportunities for young anglers and novice anglers as well as for those with mobility challenges. The frequent stockings, generally between Opening Day and Memorial Day, will greatly increase an anglerís chances of catching a fish, making it a more attractive "fishing hole", particularly to children and families. For more information, see the DEEP website Trout Park Information
Want an good hearty breakfast before you and your child hit the stream? Check out our verified listing of Fisherman's Breakfasts. for 2018. Support a worthy organization and have a great fishing experience!    Fisherman's Breakfasts

Family Fishing Day 2019
CAST IT FORWARD and take someone fishing on the Family Fishing Day, May 11, 2019, No License Required! 

Contact: Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, 79 Elm Street Hartford, CT 06106-5127
Phone: (860) 424-3000 Voice/TTY

Connecticutís Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) announced that the Trout & Salmon Stamp is available for purchase for the 2018 Fishing Season. The Trout & Salmon Stamp is now required for anglers fishing in any designated Trout Management Area, Wild Trout Management Area, Trout Park, or Atlantic Salmon Broodstock Area and for anglers harvesting trout or salmon anywhere throughout the state. The fees for the Trout & Salmon Stamp are $5.00 for resident anglers who are 18 and older, $3.00 for CT residents ages 16 or 17 and $5.00 for nonresident anglers age 16 and older.

Trout Stamp FAQ's  PDF 186kB

Find ease access fishing spots for special needs children in the book "Fishing Without Falling in Connecticut."

One of the best trout fishing stories ever told
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Content Last Modified on 4/11/2019 8:09:39 AM