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January 20, 2014

Ice fishing clinic coming to Hartwick

Would-be anglers will have a chance to try their hand at ice fishing during a free clinic on Saturday in Hartwick.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation will offer a free ice fishing day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Hartwick Rod and Gun Club pond. Supplies will be provided, and no fishing licenses will be required during the event. 

“This clinic is a great opportunity for families to learn more about the great sport of ice fishing and will provide another opportunity for them to enjoy New York’s natural resources,” DEC Regional Director Gene Kelly said in a media release. 

Kelly said the event is geared toward children, and people who are new to ice fishing.

The clinic is part of the “NY is Open for Hunting and Fishing” initiative signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in 2012, expanding the state’s free fishing clinics. The Hartwick event is the only free ice fishing clinic scheduled for the season; additional free fishing days are held in June. 

The event is co-sponsored by the Otsego County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs. 

The club will provide spikes, minnows, loaner jigging rods and instruction, but supplies will be limited, and those who have their own equipment are encouraged to bring it, according to the release. 

A warming area and food will be available. 

The club is located half a mile south of Main Street in the town of Hartwick, off state Route 205. For more information, call event coordinator Chris VanMaaren at 652-7366. 

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