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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. We are pleased to announce our upcoming schedule of our very popular "Introduction to Fishing" courses. We will commence with online ZOOM sessions during the months of August and September.

Zoom classes will run from 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Introduction to Fishing Course

  • Wednesday, September 30
  • Tuesday, October 6
  • Thursday, October 15

Trout Fishing 101 Course

  • Monday, September 28
  • Tuesday, October 5
  • Tuesday, October 13

Introduction to Ice Fishing

  • Look for classes starting in November/December

Please email to register and receive your ZOOM meeting credentials. 

All participants of the ZOOM classes are invited to attend an in person fishing trip at a waterbody near you! Upon your completion of any of the ZOOM classes, we will send links to register for the fishing trips.

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 September 2020