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Connecticut Aquatic Resources Education Program (CARE) COVID-19 Updates

To help mitigate the community spread of COVID-19, CARE fishing courses have moved online. 

Learn to ICE FISH – ZOOM classes

Ice fishing is a great way to get outside during the cold winter months and enjoy some fresh air, get some exercise, and maybe even catch a fresh fish dinner! The CT DEEP Fisheries Division - Connecticut Aquatic Resources Education (CARE) program is offering virtual Learn to Ice Fish classes via ZOOM. We will cover safety on the ice, how to dress for the cold, where to go, ice fishing equipment, baits, techniques, and tactics during the ZOOM class. Experts will be available to answer all your ice fishing questions. 

ZOOM Dates (All classes start at 6:00pm):

December 21st (Monday) 

January 5th (Tuesday)

January 14th (Thursday)

January 20th (Wednesday)

January 26th (Tuesday)

February 1st (Monday)

February 10th (Wednesday)

February 16th (Tuesday)

To register, please complete this REGISTRATION FORM and you will be emailed the ZOOM meeting credentials from a week prior to the class.

All participants will be invited to register for an instructor lead ice fishing trip (pending safe ice) following completion of the ZOOM class. Ice fishing trips are limited to the first 20 people who register. We will email you an invitation with dates and details after the ZOOM class!

The CARE Program is proud of our hands-on, student-centered approach to fishing instruction. We seek to give students of all backgrounds the skills, knowledge, and encouragement needed to become successful anglers. Fishing fosters a unique connection with nature, leading CARE students to appreciate and advocate for Connecticut's natural resources.

Prior to our class, check out our learn to fish video webpage where our videos cover a variety of topics from how to tie a knot to the inside scoop on panfishing.

In the meantime, fishing is a healthy way to enjoy some fresh air and solitude while practicing social distancing. During this time of social distancing, fishing should be enjoyed as a solitary experience or with members of your immediate household, not as a group activity. 

To find places to fish check our the CT is Fishy interactive application.

Email or to discuss any questions you may have.


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Please contact the Fisheries Division with any questions. 

Phone: 860-424-FISH (3474)

Content last updated December 2020.