Spring is a great time to introduce kids to fishing, and Long Island offers endless opportunities. With over 600 miles of coastline, numerous lakes, ponds, and streams, Long Island is a fisherman’s paradise.
In addition, state parks offer events throughout the year to introduce fishing to local families. Rose Harvey, Commissioner of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, encourages anglers to visit the state park system for the 2011 trout season beginning April 1. Lakes, ponds, streams and creeks in 54 state parks and historic sites provide an ideal place to introduce youth to the joys of fishing.
“Fishing a great way for New Yorkers – especially our young people – to discover the outdoors and learn to be better stewards of the natural world,” said Harvey. “State Parks offer easy access to magnificent lakes, ponds, streams and rivers across the state for anglers of all ages. In addition, many parks host special events to introduce people to fishing or help them improve their skills.”
Parks hosting special angling events in conjunction with trout season include:
- Belmont Lake State Park (Nassau County) will hold a Spring Family Fishing Festival on April 9, featuring loaner rods and fly fishing instruction and other family-oriented activities on April 9 from 10 am to 4 pm.
- Caleb Smith State Park Preserve (Suffolk County) will host a fly fishing school to help junior anglers learn the basics of fly fishing, casting, equipment selection, stream ethics and safety on April 23. (Two Sessions: 9 to 11 am and 1 to 3 pm.)
- Caleb Smith State Park Preserve (Suffolk County) will host a freshwater fishing clinic to help junior anglers learn the basics of freshwater fishing, casting, equipment selection, bait, lures, and safety on May 21 (Two Sessions: 9 to 11 am and 1 to 3 pm.)
- State Parks officials remind early season anglers to use caution, as ice melt can create swift flow in high waters, unstable ice layers and unstable hiking terrain – particularly in higher elevations where winter snow is lingering. New York State Department of Environmental Conservation rules and regulations apply at all OPRHP properties. Special permits may be required at some state parks and historic sites.
For more information about individual facility requirements, or upcoming a.www.nysparks.com.