Free Fishing Weekend is coming up on June 1-2! On these days, any person (except those whose license has been suspended or revoked) may fish without a license. This is a great weekend to get out as a family and experience what Maine has to offer. This year there are several special events planned around the state.
Bryant Pond 4-H Camp & Learning Center, Bryant Pond
Saturday, June 1 from 9am-3pm
Bryant Pond 4-H Camp is holding their 8th Annual Youth Field Day and Open House. Activities are offered at no charge to children and their families and include archery, rifle, shotgun, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, geocaching, primitive skills, falconry and K9 demonstration. The Maine Warden Service, Trout Unlimited, the National Turkey Federation, Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge, and several other organizations will be on hand. Lunch is available for a nominal fee or pack a picnic lunch to enjoy by the water! The camp is next to Lake Christopher on Conservation School Road in Bryant Pond village. For more information, call the Bryant Pond 4-H Camp at 665-2068 or visit their website!
Angevine Park, Bethel
Saturday, June 1 from 9am-2pm
The Upper Andro Anglers Alliance in co-operation with Trout Unlimited is hosting a free family fishing festival. The festival will be held at Angevine Park, 456 North Road, Bethel, from 9 am to 2 pm, rain or shine. Free casting workshops and fly-tying instruction will be available throughout the day. Local Maine guides and members of the Mollyockett Chapter of Trout Unlimited will teach the workshops. Instruction will include both spin casting and fly casting for older youth and parents. Maine’s Hooked on Fishing-Not on Drugs Program will supply complimentary rods and reels for use at the festival. For more information: Free Family Fishing Festival 2013
Penobscot County Conservation Association, Brewer
Saturday, June 1 from 10am-4pm
PCCA is hosting a Free Family Fun Day at their facility in Brewer. Activities include canoeing, fly casting, geocaching, archery, air rifles, trapping display and more! For more information: Outdoor Family Fun Day
Other upcoming outdoor opportunities for families:
Damariscotta Lake State Park, Jefferson
Saturday, June 8 from 8am-3pm
Experienced boaters will bring children and their parents to prime fishing spots on the lake and there will be plenty of on shore activities to keep families occupied. Equipment, boats, bait, tackle and life jackets will be provided free of charge. Children are invited to register for one hour boat rides with experienced fishermen. Register by contacting the Damariscotta Lake Watershed Association at (207) 549-3836 or emailing email@example.com
Pineland Farms, New Gloucester
Saturday, June 8 from 9am-12pm
The Gray – New Gloucester Optimist Club is partnering with the Maine Dept of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to hold their annual Family Fishing Event at the Pond at Pineland Farms from 10am-1pm. This is a free event and will provide opportunity for children and families to learn more about the sport of fishing. Equipment, bait and tackle will be available for those who need it. This event is rain or shine!