---- — Area residents who want to cross ice fishing off their bucket list will have a chance Saturday, Jan. 26, when the state Department of Environmental Conservation sponsors a free fishing day and ice fishing clinic in the town of Milford.
The DEC will host the event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Henderson Scout Reservation on Crumhorn Lake in the town of Milford in Otsego County, according to a media release from DEC Regional Director Gene Kelly. The clinic will be be co-sponsored by the Otsego County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs and the Otschodela Boy Scout Council.
“This is a great opportunity for families to learn more about the great sport of ice fishing and New York’s natural resources,” Kelly said in the release. “This event is geared toward kids and those who are new to the sport of ice fishing.”
Anglers can expect to catch sunfish, chain pickerel, black crappie, yellow perch and largemouth bass at the event. A warming area, food, bait and some tackle will be provided.
The event is open to the public; no fishing license is required. Spikes, minnows, loaner jigging rods and instruction will be available for all participants. Supplies will be limited, so organizers said those who attend are encouraged to bring their own equipment.
For more information about the event or to pre-register, call event coordinator Bob Pierce at 432-1896.
The clinic is among those authorized by legislation signed in 2012 by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to encourage fishing and to enable more people to experience fishing for the first time. The Free Fishing Days program began in 1991 and was expanded by the 2012 bill.
While a DEC fishing license is not required for the free fishing day, DEC’s other fishing rules and regulations remain in effect. To learn more, visit www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/7917.html.