- Associated Press - Saturday, June 20, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - The state of Connecticut is offering a free day of fishing on Father’s Day.

The first of two “Free Fishing License” days is planned for Sunday. A second is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 15.

Anglers can obtain the free licenses through the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s online sportsmen licensing system at www.ct.gov/deep/sportsmenlicensing or at any venue that sells fishing licenses. Both residents and non-residents age 16 years and older can obtain a free one-day license for both inland and marine areas.

Connecticut lawmakers passed legislation last year that allows DEEP to designate up to two free days a year.

Susan Whalen, DEEP’s deputy commissioner, said the agency is hoping to encourage people to give fishing a try and get hooked on the sport.

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This story has been corrected to show that the second “Free Fishing License” day is Saturday, Aug. 15, not Aug. 12.

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