Learn to Fish – 2020 CT Course Schedule

Certified CARE Instructors offer a wide variety of opportunities for you, your friends and family to learn about fish and fishing. Class curriculum is designed for families and kids age 9 and up. You will learn about fishing tackle, how to cast, knot tying, safety, regulations and how to identify your catch. Instruction and materials are offered FREE OF CHARGE. You can even use our fishing gear during the field experience!

To learn more about the fun awaiting you, visit the CARE program webpage. If there are no classes offered in your area, have your local recreation department contact the CARE Center at (860) 663-1656. We’ll try to get one started!

Courses, classes and events are held year-round. Those available now are listed below.

Introductory Level Family Fishing Courses  The very best class for beginners! We will cover the basics about fish and fishing. Spend time learning from experienced Instructors in the classroom, and then go on a fishing trip to a local waterbody!

Specialized Fishing Courses These courses are designed for anglers with previous fishing experience. We will cover a variety of specific topics to increase your fishing skills and knowledge.

Ice Fishing Classes and Events  Learn the basics of this fun, wintertime sport. We will cover safety, equipment, and techniques in the classroom. Graduates will be invited to attend an ice fishing field trip. These classes are held in January and February.

Special Fishing Events  Mostly single-day events; they may include fishing festivals, fishing clinics, fly fishing & fly-tying lessons or anything else related to water, fish and fishing.

Introductory Level Family Fishing Courses
Pre-registration is required
Ages 8 and up – No experience needed
Class DatesTownLocation/DetailsStatusClass TimesCall to Register
Mar 31, 2020LedyardLedyard LibraryOpen6:00pm to 8:00pm(860) 464-9912
Apr 7, 2020GlastonburyHebron Ave SchoolOpen6:30pm to 8:30pm(860) 652-7697
Apr 28, May 3, 2020CromwellTown Hall/Classroom 4/28; Fishing Trip 5/3 From 1-4pmOpen6:00pm to 8:00pm(860) 632-3467
May 16, 2020WallingfordPark And Rec Building/Classroom 9-11am; Fishing Trip 11:30am-1:30pmOpen9:00am to 1:30pm(203) 294-2120
Jun 17, 2020KillingworthCare Center/Classroom 5:30pm-7pm; Fishing Trip 7pm-8:30pmOpen5:30pm to 8:30pm(860) 663-1656
Specialized Fishing Courses
Pre-registration is required
Some fishing experience recommended
Class DatesTownLocation/DetailsStatusClass TimesCall to Register
Feb 29, 2020HartfordKeney Park Pondhouse/Volunteer Instructor Certification TrainingOpen10:00am to 3:00pm(860) 663-1656
Ice Fishing Classes and Events
Pre-registration is required
Class DatesTownLocation/DetailsStatusClass TimesCall to Register
Jan 9, 2020GlastonburyGideon Welles SchoolOpen6:30pm to 8:30pm(860) 652-7697
Jan 9, 2020OxfordTown HallOpen6:00pm to 8:00pm(203) 828-6505
Jan 18, 2020FarmingtonWinding Trails/Classroom At “lodge” 9:30-11:30am, Ice Fishing Trip 12-3pm (if Ice Conditions Are Safe)Open9:30am to 3:00pm[email protected]
Jan 19, 2020BristolIndian Rock Nature Center/Class 10am-12pm; Ice Fishing Trip 12-3pm (if Ice Conditions Are Safe)Open10:00am to 3:00pm(860) 583-1234
Jan 21, 2020MonroeSenior CenterOpen6:30pm to 8:30pm(203) 452-2806
Jan 22, 2020West HartfordWestmoor ParkOpen6:30pm to 8:30pm(860) 561-8260
Jan 25, 2020LitchfieldWhite Memorial/Classroom 10am-12pm; Ice Fishing Trip 12-3pm (if Ice Conditions Are Safe)Open10:00am to 3:00pm(860) 567-0857
Jan 26, 2020KillingworthCare Center/Classroom 10am-12pm; Ice Fishing Trip 12-3pm (if Ice Conditions Are Safe)Open10am to 3pm(860) 663-1656
Feb 8, 2020CoventryPatriots Park – Lodge/Classroom 10am-12pm; Ice Fishing Trip (if Ice Conditions Are Safe) 12-3pmOpen10:00am to 3:00pm(860) 742-4068
Special Fishing Events
Class DatesTownLocation/DetailsStatusClass TimesCall to Register
Feb 1, 2020TorringtonBurr Pond State Park/No Child Left Inside – Winter Festival (with Ice Fishing)Open10:00am to 3:00pmregister at event

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