Want to find a sport the whole family, from toddlers to grandparents, can enjoy? Try fishing. The perfect place to start is at the annual Fall Fishing and Children’s Festival, which will be held on Saturday, October 20 at Hempstead Lake State Park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. More than 1,000 trout will be stocked prior to this event.
Participants fish for free-no freshwater fishing license is required. Learn how to fly-fish, cast and identify local fish. Loaner rods are available, along with free bait and fish cleaning. Children’s activities will include pumpkin decorating, an inflatable bounce house and face painting. The headline event is a casting contest in which participants can “catch” a pumpkin or “hook” a prize.
Cost: $6 for those 12 and older. For more information about the Fall Fishing Festival, or if you have weather concerns, please call DEC’s I FISH NY number, 631-444-0283.
Read more about Family Fishing in the June 2017 Conservationist.