Free Family Fishing Lessons

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Free family fishing lessons!

Where Connecticut Learns to Fish!

Since 1986, the CARE program has been training and partnering with volunteers in order to conduct FREE family fishing courses around the state! Let CARE introduce you and your family to the wonderful world of fishing and connect you to CT’s amazing natural resources.

For more information about CARE, becoming an instructor, and our class schedule visit www.ct.gov/deep/care.

Annual CARE Special Fishing Events

  • January: Winter Ice Fishing Derby
  • February: Winterfest with No Child Left Inside©
  • May: Family Fishing Day
  • August: Saltwater Fishing EventSummer Camp Fishing Programs
  • Half-day classes for campers
  • Partner with summer camps
  • Morning & afternoon classes
  • Up to 30 campers age 8–15Family Fishing & Family Ice Fishing Classes
  • Held at a location near you
  • Classroom instruction (2 hours)
  • Fishing trip to a local water
  • www.ct.gov/deep/care (schedule)
  • Equipment is provided for useForster Pond School Partnership
  • Teachers are trained on CARE curriculum
  • Students are taught in their own classroom
  • Field trip to our fishing education center

Share your passion for fishing. Join our team.

Become a CARE volunteer fishing Instructor!

CARE new instructor training courses are offered each February and June. Call us at 860-663-1656 to apply. Applicants must pass a State Police background check.

Thank You Instructors!

The CARE Program would like to thank all volunteer Instructors – especially RICHARD EMMONS, MARIANNE KOZIKOWSKI, and TIM IRWIN who have been teaching fishing classes for 15 years! Together, these environmental stewards have combined to volunteer over 2,000 hours while teaching over 13,500 new anglers about the sport of fishing. Thank you CARE Instructors!