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ALBANY â€” The state’s annual family fishing festival was held at Six Mile Waterworks on Tuesday.
The event, hosted by the state Department of Environmental Conservation, coincided with the agency’s fish stocking, as well as local schools’ spring break and Earth Day.
The DEC stocked Rensselaer Lake with more than 1,000 catchable rainbow trout, and then offered a free fishing clinic.
State fisheries staff taught participants about fish identification, angling techniques and fishing safety. L.L. Bean staff were on hand to teach fly casting.
Six Mile Waterworks is located in the Albany Pine Bush Preserve, accessible via the Fuller Road roundabout between Washington and Central avenues.
“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 other 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 from Albany Public Library’s Main Branch and Arbor Hill/West Hill Branch, or from libraries in Castleton, Cohoes, Guilderland, Middleburgh, Scotia, Rensselaerville, and Voorheesville.