CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) Fisheries Division, in collaboration with The City of Derby and the Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments (NVCOG), will host a “FISH with CARE” Event on August 25th, 2023 from 4:30PM to 7:30PM.

The event will be held at O’Sullivan’s Island Fishing and Viewing Platform located along the Derby Greenway, just past 1 Caroline St. Derby, CT when driving. Come join expert fishing coaches and learn how to get started fishing safely, legally, and successfully!

The CARE program supplies all fishing bait, tackle, and instruction & DEEP Boating Division will be offering paddling instruction and a trial canoe experience – FREE OF CHARGE!

Registration is open at the DEEP Hunting and Fishing Education registration system (Filter by Event Type “FISH with CARE”). A Conservation Identification Number is required for registration. Space is limited to 25 participants so early sign-up is encouraged. Minimum age to participate is 6 years old, and all children are required to have a parent/guardian participate alongside them.

All participants ages 16 and above MUST have a valid 2023 inland fishing license – you can get your license HERE. Anglers under 16 are encouraged to register for a free Youth Fishing Passport (YFP), which supports our very popular Youth Fishing Challenge!

Participants should learn the basics of fishing by completing the CARE program’s self-paced Let’s Go Fishing / Vamos de Pescar online course prior to attending the FISH with CARE event.