For over 25 years, the Connecticut Aquatic Resources Education (Care) Program has been providing free fishing instruction to children and families across Connecticut. No prior experience is necessary. Our experienced and knowledgeable certified fishing instructors will walk you through each step process in the controlled environment of a classroom. Practice makes perfect so our classes are customized to your pace. Most classes culminate in an Instructor guided fishing trip where we provide all of the tackle and equipment free of charge.
CARE needs YOU! A one day training course for anyone interested in becoming a CARE instructor is offered in February and June — we are continually recruiting new people who have a true passion for the outdoors and like to be rewarded by teaching fishing to the next generation of anglers. We provide all of the training and equipment, support to make your classes a success, and a network of fellow fishing enthusiast to share your experiences.
Call the CARE Center TODAY (860-663-1656) for an application! Applicants must pass a State Police background check.
Fish with CARE:
Family Fishing Courses — year round: Let Certified CARE Instructors teach you all you need to know to get started fishing with family and friends. First, meet for just two hours in the classroom to learn how to cast, identify your catch, select the right bait and tie a strong knot. Next, take those skills you’ve learned to the field where CARE Instructors will guide you and your family to success on a fishing trip to a local pond or lake! Check for a class near you at www.ct.gov/deep/CARE.
Family Fishing Day: May 10th, 2014 Chatfield Hollow State Park, Killingworth, CT. Join CARE, DEEP parks No Child Left Inside Program, and outdoor clubs and enthusiasts as we celebrate fishing together as a family. This annual event does not require a fishing license, so bring the entire family and try fishing, risk free.
Summer Fishing Classes — July and August: Certified CARE Instructors provide students with an interactive learning experience that concludes with a fishing trip! If you are a youth camp coordinator or parks and recreation director, call the CARE Center to reserve a date for your program.
Summer Fishing Event: August 16, 2014 Fort Trumbull State Park, New London, CT. Enjoy a superb day of saltwater fishing. Cast off the pier to catch snapper bluefish, scup (porgy), striped bass, tautog (blackfish) or blue crabs. We supply the rods, tackle, and bait. You supply the camera and memories for a lifetime. Please note a saltwater fishing license is required for those 16 and older.
Ice Fishing Classes: During January, these 2 hour indoor classes will introduce you to the social, wintertime sport of ice fishing. This is an excellent program for families, scouts and youth organizations. Certified Instructors will show you how to stay warm and how to use special equipment to catch a big bass, pickerel or jumbo perch through the ice. Once you complete this course you’ll be invited to attend the Family Ice Fishing Derby or Ice Fishing Winter Festival (see below).
Family Ice Fishing Derby: Each January — Shut off the TV, get off the couch, and join CARE Instructors out on the “hard water”. Participants of this family oriented derby tell us that this event is one of their favorite wintertime activities. Purge that stale indoor air from your lungs and add some outdoor adventure this winter with family and friends. Kids get a prize just for attending. The CARE Program will provide hands-on instruction, bait, and equipment to borrow. We even provide a warming hut complete with hot chocolate. Check the CARE webpage for details as the date approaches.
Family Ice Fishing at No Child Left Inside® Winter Festival: Each February — If you missed the Derby (above), you can still join us for an ice fishing adventure! Besides ice fishing, this festival will introduce you to a wide variety of outdoor winter activities.
For more information or a CARE Class Schedule visit our website at: www.ct.gov/deep/CAREor call Tom or Justin at the CARE Center at 860-663-1656 or the Inland Fisheries Division at 860-424-FISH.
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