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A free family fishing clinic will be held Saturday at Ellicott Creek County Park in the Town of Tonawanda.

The clinic, which is run by the state Department of Environmental Conservation and Erie County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs, teaches participants about fish identification, fishing equipment and techniques, fisheries management, angling ethics and aquatic ecology.

“Under Gov. Cuomo’s New York is Open for Fishing and Hunting initiative, this clinic will allow New Yorkers to experience fishing for the first time,” DEC Regional Director Abby Snyder said. “The clinic will offer guidance so those with no fishing experience can learn about the sport.”

The event begins at 9:30 a.m. and runs until 1 p.m. at Pavilion 9. The clinic consists of five education stations.

Instruction will be offered in casting, knot-tying, common fishing tackle and techniques, fish identification and aquatic ecology, DEC officials said. Participants will be invited to practice “basic fishing skills” in the creek.

No fishing license is required to fish during this program. Those attending can bring their own fishing rods or borrow others that will be available at the park. Bait and educational materials will be provided at this catch-and-release only event. Adult supervision is required for children under 16.

More information can be obtained by calling Michael Todd with the DEC’s Fisheries Division at 851-7010.

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