As of right now, and this is Connecticut, so keep an eye on the forecast, but this Wednesday, April 28, 2021, it's supposed to reach almost 80 degrees here in the Western part of the state.

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The first truly warm day of the year is a great time to start a new outdoor hobby, and the State of Connecticut is putting on a free event for those who are interested in learning how to fish. The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection's (CT DEEP) Fisheries Division's CARE program (Connecticut Aquatic Resources Education, sheesh, long name right?) is going to hold a free special fishing event Wednesday, April 28, 2021, from 4-7PM, at Southford Falls State Park in Southbury/Oxford.

These free fishing trips are designed for adults 16 or older, or families with children 8 years old and up. The CARE fishing instructors on site will be able to loan you fishing gear and bait if you don't want to bring your own and will offer expert advice on site. It is a limited-size event, up to 35 people, and as of me writing this, there were 11 spots left, according to the DEEP website.

If you can't make it to Southford Falls, there are plenty of other CARE free fishing event opportunities planned all around Connecticut for the rest of the summer, through August as a matter of fact. They are also offering a complimentary Introductory to Fishing Zoom course through the CARE website, which are designed for those with little to no fishing experience. So, if you've ever thought about spending a quiet morning with a can of worms and 23 Largemouth Bass, don't miss out of this free offering.

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