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Get Outdoors As Connecticut Offers 'Free Fishing License Day'

The free one-day fishing license is good for both the inland and marine districts
The free one-day fishing license is good for both the inland and marine districts Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn -- Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has designated Saturday, Aug 15, as the second of two “Free Fishing License” days scheduled for 2015.

To fish on these days, anyone – resident or non-resident – can obtain a free one-day fishing license good for both the inland and marine districts through the state's online sportsmen licensing system or at any venue that sells fishing licenses.

The designated “Free Fishing License” days are one of the state's initiatives designed to connect people with outdoor activities and Connecticut’s natural resources, according to a press release.

“Studies have shown that people who are hesitant about trying fishing often cite the license fee as a primary reason. The intent of 'Free Fishing License Day' is to encourage those considering fishing to give it a try for free,” Susan Whalen, the department's deputy commissioner, said in the press release. “We’re confident that as people try fishing, they’ll experience the many benefits fishing offers and will be hooked on the sport.”

There also are a number of fishing opportunities available for youngsters. For those 16 or 17, licenses for the entire season are half the regular adult price. Those who are 15 or younger do not need a fishing license but can register using the same online system to obtain 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. Click here for details.

Need to find a place to fish? Call 860-424-FISH (3474) or go here .

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