Free fishing day

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation will host a free fishing day and stock trout in Rensselaer Lake at Albany's Six Mile Waterworks on Monday, April 14, at 9:30 a.m.

Six Mile Waterworks is home to Rensselaer Lake, which contains a variety of freshwater fish species, including largemouth bass, sunfish, yellow perch, chain pickerel, brown bullhead and most recently, rainbow trout. The DEC will stock the lake with approximately 1,600 catchable-size rainbow trout for the event.

After the stocking, participants will have the opportunity to take to the water or spend time with DEC Fisheries staff to learn about fish identification, angling equipment and techniques, fisheries management and angling ethics.

Participants may borrow fishing equipment and bait if needed. Supplies are limited, so people are encouraged to bring their own fishing equipment if they have it. Some local libraries, including the one in Rensselaerville, are part of a rod-lending program, so library patrons can borrow fishing rods as well as books.

In addition to Monday’s event, DEC staff will be on hand at Six Mile Waterworks the remainder of the week (Tuesday through Friday, April 15 to 18) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to provide angling assistance.

This event coincides with spring recess for many Capital District schools, making it the ideal opportunity for families to spend time together and enjoy the outdoors. Large groups that plan on attending are encouraged to call 402-8891 to ensure adequate staff is present to assist.

Six Mile Waterworks will provide good trout fishing opportunities throughout the spring, especially as the water warms up. Early in the season trout are more apt to bite on artificial lures, such as spinners and spoons, which seem to be most effective, according to a release from the DEC.

Sunfish will begin to move into shallow water to begin spawning in the later spring months. A simple bobber and worm rig is always a great option.

This event is designated as a free sportfishing event where a fishing license is not required during the hours of the program.

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