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For Release: Friday, January 18, 2013

DEC Free Fishing Day and Ice Fishing Clinic Set

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will sponsor a free fishing day and co-sponsor an ice fishing clinic from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, January 26, at the Henderson Scout Reservation on Crumhorn Lake in the town of Milford, Otsego County, DEC Regional Director Gene Kelly announced today.

The ice fishing clinic will also 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. "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.

Everyone is invited to take part in this event where no fishing license is required. Ordinarily, anyone age 16 or older is required to obtain a license when fishing or helping another person to fish. Spikes, minnows, loaner jigging rods and instruction will be available for all participants. Supplies are limited, so people are encouraged to bring their own equipment if they have it.

For more information about the event or to pre-register, contact event coordinator Bob Pierce at 607-432-1896.

To further encourage fishing in New York State, Governor Cuomo signed legislation last year expanding the opportunity for free fishing clinics, allowing more New Yorkers to experience fishing for the first time by enabling DEC to increase the number of free clinics that can be held throughout the state. The Free Fishing Days program began in 1991 to allow all people the opportunity to sample the incredible fishing New York State has to offer.

New York's sport fishing industry generates an estimated $1.8 billion in economic activity annually, supporting nearly 17,000 jobs.

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 about New York's regulations and information on how and where to obtain a fishing license, visit DEC's website.

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