If you have not yet booked up your week off with the kids, be sure to make time for free fishing at the Six Mile Water Works off of Fuller Road in Albany. My boys and I just happened upon this delightful perk this week and they had a wonderful time. There will be a New York State Department of Environmental Conservation worker there from 10am-2pm all week (April 5th-9th) with a large inventory of fishing poles you can use for free. The employee even gave my three year old a lesson in how to cast a line. There are a variety of fishing poles including one size that is perfect for toddlers with a small plastic fish on the end instead of a hook. That way your child is ensured a catch every time!
This event is to kick off the stocking of the Six Mile Waterworks where nearly 2,000 catchable size rainbow trout were released. The NYSDEC truck has a large poster illustrating all of the fish that you might catch such as the largemouth bass, sunfish, yellow perch, chain pickerel, brown bullhead and most recently, rainbow trout. My boys seemed to be pleased with reeling in the same orange plastic fish though.
There is also a nice playground and a pavilion and tables for a picnic lunch. So get outside, weather permitting, and have some fun with the family!