Free Fishing Event on South Bay this weekend

T he Department of Environmental Conservation is hoping to promote the activity of fishing this weekend as it hosts a “Free Fishing Event” on South Bay.

The event, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 30, at the John A. Brooks Memorial Fishing Pier on South Bay in Whitehall, enables anyone, regardless of age, to fish without a license.

Ordinarily, anyone over the age of 16 is required to obtain a license before fishing.

“Free fishing events provide the perfect chance for families to learn how to fish,” Robert Stegemann, DEC’s regional director, said in a release. “This event is a great opportunity for those young and old to try fishing for the first time.”

The event, which is part of the I Fish NY program, is an initiative by the state to provide the knowledge and opportunity for anyone who would like to fish to do so, while at the same fostering a sense of environmental stewardship.

It’s estimated that New York’s fishing industry generates $1.8 billion in economic activity every year, supporting nearly 17,000 jobs.

Fishing supplies, including bait, tackle, rods and adaptive equipment will be available, although organizers encourage anyone with their own gear to bring it.

During the event, biologists and conservation officers from DEC will join with members of the Washington County Federation of Sportsmen’s Club to provide instruction on the use of gear, fishing techniques, aquatic biology and fish identification.

Due to the design of the fishing pier, people of all ages and abilities can use the structure and handicapped accessible parking is available.

The event is open to anyone. All applicable fishing laws and regulations (with the exception of a license) are in effect during the event.

Comments

comments

Read more in this week's Times in newsstands now or click here to read right now with our e-edition.

Tags: , , , , , ,

Charges linger for 10 months, Man in limbo after arresting cop quits

Morrill resignation

By Christina Scanlon When former Granville Police Officer Marc D. Morrill resigned abruptly in April, several cases were still to […]

Trump, Cruz, Carson, Sanders top Washington County straw poll

Straw Poll

By Dan King The Washington County Fair met politics last week, as 737 people came out to vote in a […]

Naval Militia volunteers receive award

Naval Militia

By Dan King A group of seven area maritime veterans, including two from Whitehall and one from Granville, will be […]

Friendships formed at fair live on

1

By Christina Scanlon Shortly after the gates opened at the Washington County Fair Friday morning, tractors were moving and stirring […]

Teens’ summer jobs pay off

By Christina Scanlon As the summer of 2015 winds down and local youth prepare to head back to school, 50 […]

Hampton primary could decide election

By Christina Scanlon November’s election could be decided next week in Hampton, depending how the votes play out at the […]

Back to school in Hartford

By Christina Scanlon Teachers in the Hartford are headed back to school this week, while students across the district will […]

Backpack program, We Care Project join forces

By Dan King Last November the inaugural Mom Prom raised thousands of dollars for the We Care Project, which is […]

Changes everywhere as school begins today

By Dan King As students arrive at Whitehall Central School today, there will be abundant changes around them. Whether at […]

Bus routes honed as school looms

By Christina Scanlon The floors are gleaming with new wax, while outside the leaves are beginning to turn colors and […]

Earth science a challenge

By Christina Scanlon It takes a 65 on the Regents Exam to pass Earth Science, a course mandatory to get […]

Townwide sale today

Lawn sale 006

By Dan King Bargain seekers will converge on Whitehall this Labor Day Weekend, as they seek the best deals around. […]