The DEC is once again holding a number of fish stocking and fishing programs, so those interested in the sport can try it out before getting a fishing license and gear. One such program is happening through 2pm tomorrow, April 3rd, at the Albany Pine Bush Preserve, and more programs are happening from now through June.
Free Stocking & Fishing Program at Six Mile Waterworks
At 9:30am tomorrow Rensselaer Lake at Six Mile Waterworks in the Albany Pine Bush Preserve will be stocked with over 1,700 catchable-size rainbow trout. Afterwards, you can fish there for free through 2pm.
The DEC will be on hand to help participants out with angling techniques, fishing safety, and fish identification. Staff from L.L. Bean will be present at the event as well to teach guests about fly fishing.
Fish are more likely to go after artificial lures like spinners and spoons early in the season, so this is a great opportunity to try fishing without needing to use live bait.
Although the event is free, and you don’t need a fishing license to participate, guests should be aware that all applicable fishing laws and regulations are still in effect.
Six Mile Waterworks is located off of Fuller Road between Washington Avenue and Central Avenue.
For more information on the event, contact Joelle Ernst at 518.402.8891.
More Free Fishing Clinics Coming Up
If you can’t make it to tomorrow’s event, no worries! Free sportfishing clinics are held throughout the state all season long. They run from now through early June.
The times and dates of these programs will vary, depending on the availability of fish and weather conditions.
In addition, there are other trout stocking events that will take place throughout the spring.
The Rod Loaner Program
The DEC has partnered with a number of Albany-area libraries to implement the Library Fishing Rod Loaner Program. A limited number of rods will be available for library cardholders to borrow.
Kids under 16 or people who hold a valid New York State fishing license can borrow a rod at a participating location, just call ahead if you plan to borrow one!