The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), Onondaga County Parks and Friends of Carpenter's Brook Fish Hatchery will conduct a free Family Fishing Clinic on Saturday, June 4, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Carpenters Brook Fish Hatchery, located on County Route 321 in Elbridge, Onondaga County.

"Under Governor Cuomo's New York Open for Fishing and Hunting initiative, this clinic will allow many New Yorkers to experience fishing for the first time," DEC Acting Regional Director Joe Sluzar said. "The clinic will offer guidance so those with no fishing experience can learn about the sport."

This is a DEC-sponsored event where participants can learn about fish identification, fishing equipment and techniques, fisheries management, angling ethics and aquatic ecology. The event is free, and no fishing license is required to fish during the program. Fishing rods, tackle, bait and educational materials will be provided. The event is catch and release only. Children under age 16 must be supervised.

The clinic will consist of four 15-minute breakout sessions presented by DEC staff. Instruction will be offered in common fishing tackle and techniques, fish identification and biology, aquatic ecology, and fish preparation and cooking. During the second half of the session the group will split time between casting practice and fishing.

The NY Open for Fishing and Hunting Initiative is an effort to improve recreational opportunities for sportsmen and women and to boost tourism activities throughout the state. This initiative includes streamlining fishing and hunting licenses, reducing license fees, improving access for fishing and increasing hunting opportunities in New York State.

Thanks to Governor Cuomo's New York Open for Fishing and Hunting Initiative, new legislation was passed to increase the number of designated free sport fishing days from two to eight, providing more opportunities for both those new to fishing and those that would like to get back into it. Upcoming established free fishing days include the last full weekend in June (June 25-26, 2016) and Veteran's Day (November 11, 2016). Visit DEC's website periodically for newly designated free sport fishing days. During these days anyone can fish the waters of NY without the requirement of a fishing license or enrollment in the Recreational Marine Fishing Registry.

For information contact Onondaga County Parks Carpenter's Brook Fish Hatchery at 315-689-9367.