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ALBANY â€” The state’s annual family fishing festival will be held at Six Mile Waterworks on Tuesday.
The event, held by the state Department of Environmental Conservation, coincides with the agency’s fish stocking, as well as local schools’ spring break and Earth Day.
The festival starts at 9:30 a.m., when the DEC will stock Rensselaer Lake with more than 1,000 catchable rainbow trout. A free fishing clinic will start shortly after, and conclude at 2 p.m.
State fisheries staff will teach participants aboutÂ fish identification, angling techniques and fishing safety. L.L. Bean staff will be on hand to teach fly casting.Â Participants will be allowed to fish without a freshwater fishing license.
Six Mile Waterworks is located in the Albany Pine Bush Preserve, accessible via the Fuller Road roundabout between Washington and Central avenues. For more information on the event, callÂ 518-402-8891.
“There are a number of great places to fish within the Albany city limits and Six Mile Waterworks is a prime example,” DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said in a Thursday news release.
Click through the slideshow above to see some of the public fishing spots available in the Capital Region.
The DEC suggested anglers use artificial lures or floating synthetic bait at the start of trout season.
Need a fishing rod? Library card holders, ages 16 and up, can borrow a rod fromÂ Albany Public Library’s Main Branch and Arbor Hill/West Hill Branch, or from libraries in Castleton, Cohoes, Guilderland, Middleburgh, Scotia, Rensselaerville, and Voorheesville.