Free fishing day on Saturday; no license needed

The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has designated this Saturday, May 10, as a “Free Fishing Day” where no license is required to fish recreationally in Connecticut waters (both inland and marine.

The DEEP in a press release said this is a “great opportunity” for experienced anglers to both share their passion for fishing and protect its future by introducing a family member, friend or acquaintance to the sport of fishing, and a great time for visitors to the state to try out the many fishing opportunities found in Connecticut. 

There are a number of fishing events scheduled to take place on “Free Fishing Day.” A “Family Fishing Day” is scheduled as part of DEEP’s “Great Park Pursuit Spring Sprint” at ChatfieldHollowState Park (Killingworth). This event will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and there will be plenty of activities including fishing on Schreeder’s Pond, fish sampling, fish stocking, a fish fry, games and prizes. The Great Park Pursuit is a part of the agency’s No Child Left Inside initiative.

For more information on the “The Great Park Pursuit Family Fishing Day” email, call DEEP at (860)424-397, or visit Information on the other events can be found at


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