PITTSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — The Department of Environmental Conservation is holding a free ice-fishing clinic in Rensselaer County.

The event will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Jan. 26 at the Tomhannock Reservoir in Pittstown, near Troy. Officials say it's geared toward anglers of any age, especially those new to the sport of ice fishing.

DEC will supply the bait and tackle but experienced anglers are encouraged to bring their own fishing gear. There will be a warming hut and DEC staff will provide instruction and tips.

Anglers will have a chance to catch panfish, yellow perch, pickerel, and walleye.

Ice fishing continues to increase in popularity in New York. Ice cover allows anglers to get to food fishing locations that require a boat for access in warmer weather.

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