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Free Fishing Clinics

Free Sport Fishing Events are family fishing clinics where participants can fish for free; no freshwater fishing license or enrollment in the Recreational Marine Fishing Registry is required. In addition to fishing, participants can learn about fish identification, fishing equipment and techniques, fisheries management, angling ethics and aquatic ecology. In addition to the Free Sport Fishing Events, June 24-25, 2017 is Free Fishing Weekend in NY. February 18-19, 2017 and November 11, 2017 have also been newly designated as Free Fishing Days. During these days, anyone can fish the fresh or marine waters of NY and no license is required!

Designated New York Free Fishing Events for 2017
Region/County Name of Event Location Date/Rain date Time Contact Contact Phone
2
New York
NY Harlem Meer Catch and Release Fishing Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (Harlem Meer), Manhattan April 1, 2017 - November 30, 2017 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM Sean Reynolds, Central Park Conservancy 212-860-1370
4
Albany
Six Mile Waterworks Stocking & Fishing Clinic Six Mile Waterworks (Rensselaer Lake), Colonie April 18, 2017 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Joelle Ernst, NYS DEC 518-402-8891
8
Monroe
Monroe County Intergenerational Fishing Day Powder Mills Park, Pittsford April 21, 2017 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM Mike Barry, Rochester-Monroe County Youth Bureau 585-753-6461
2
Kings
Earth Day Fishing Event Prospect Park Audubon Center, Brooklyn April 22, 2017 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM Melissa Cohen, NYS DEC 718-482-4022
3
Putnam
Lake Gleneida Free Family Fishing Day NYCDEP property- Route 6 (Lake Gleneida), Carmel April 29, 2017 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM Ryan Coulter, NYS DEC 845-256-2204
3
Dutchess
Free Family Fishing Day Overlook Park Pond, Poughkeepsie April 30, 2017 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM Ryan Coulter, NYS DEC 845-256-2204
3
Westchester
Family Fishing Event Pound Ridge Town Park, Pound Ridge April 30, 2017 (Rain Date- May 7) 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Dave Goldberg, Pound Ridge Recreation Department 914-447-0732
5
Saratoga
Learn to Fish Day Barney Road Park (Barney Pond), Clifton Park May 6, 2017 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM Jennifer Viggiani, Clifton Park Open Space, Trails & Riverfront Committee 518-371-6054
3
Orange
Free Family Fishing Day Chadwick Lake Park, Newburgh May 7, 2017 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM Ryan Coulter, NYS DEC 845-256-2204
6
St. Lawrence
Ted Kot Fishing Day (Check-in registration 9:30-10:30 AM) Wilson Hill Boat Launch (St. Lawrence River), Massena May 13, 2017 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM Mike McCabe, Massena Joint Recreation Commission 315-769-3161
3
Dutchess
Fishing the River Norrie Point Environmental Center (Hudson River), Staatsburg May 17, 2017 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM Ryan Coulter, NYS DEC 845-256-2204
3
Ulster
Family Fun and Fish Day (Pre-registration required) Kenneth Wilson State Park (Wilson Lake), Mt. Tremper May 20, 2017 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM Ryan Coulter, NYS DEC 845-256-2204
6
Jefferson
Fort Drum Free Fishing Day
(Recreational Access Pass required- free and available online)
Fort Drum Military Installation (Remington Pond), Fort Drum May 20, 2017 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM Raymond Rainbolt, Fort Drum Natural Resources Branch 315-772-9636
4
Delaware
Pepacton Family Fishing Day Miller Hollow parking lot (Route 30), Roscoe May 27, 2017 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Tom Davidock, NYC DEP 845-340-7812
8
Ontario
Come Fish with Me! Lakefront Park (Seneca Lake), Geneva May 27, 2017 (Rain Date- May 28) 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM Janelle Drach- City of Geneva Recreation Department 315-789-5005
9
Wyoming
Kid's Conservation Day and Wildlife Festival Letchworth State Park, Castile May 27, 2017 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM Brian Scriven, NYS Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation 585-493-3617
2
Queens
World Science Festival Fishing Clinic Gantry Plaza Festival Fishing Pier (East River), Long Island City June 3, 2017 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM Melissa Cohen, NYS DEC 718-482-4022
9
Chautauqua
Take a Kid Fishing Dunkirk Yacht Club & Mullet Street (Lake Erie), Dunkirk June 3, 2017 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM Zen Olow, Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club 716-640-2776
2
Richmond
Greenbelt Outdoor Adventure Day Willowbrook Park, Staten Island June 10, 2017 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM Melissa Cohen, NYS DEC 718-482-4022
9
Erie
Teach-Me-To-Fish Clinic Ellicott Creek County Park, Tonawanda June 10, 2017 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM Michael Todd, NYS DEC 716-851-7010
3
Rockland
Free Family Fishing Day Bear Mountain State Park (Hessian Lake), Bear Mountain June 11, 2017 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM Ryan Coulter, NYS DEC 845-256-2204
3
Dutchess
Fishing the River Norrie Point Environmental Center (Hudson River), Staatsburg June 14, 2017 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM Ryan Coulter, NYS DEC 845-256-2204
1
Suffolk
Deep Pond Father's Day Fishing Clinic Schiff Boy Scout Reservation, Wading River June 17, 2017 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Bob McCormack, NYS DEC 631-444-0283
9
Chautauqua
Great Lakes Experience Deer Street (Lake Erie), Dunkirk June 17, 2017 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM Zen Olow, USFWS 716-640-2776
4
Otsego
Father's Day Fishing Clinic Neahwa Park (Hodges Pond), Oneonta June 18, 2017 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM David Krupa, Dave Brandt Chapter- Trout Unlimited 607-643-2004
1
Nassau
Free Fishing Weekend at Valley Stream Arthur J. Hendrickson Park, Valley Stream June 24-25, 2017 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Bob McCormack, NYS DEC 631-444-0283
4
Rensselaer
Free Family Fishing Clinic Grafton Lakes State Park (Long Pond), Grafton June 24, 2017 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM Joelle Ernst, NYS DEC 518-402-8891
9
Erie
Teach-Me-To-Fish Clinic Chestnut Ridge County Park, Orchard Park June 24, 2017 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM Michael Todd, NYS DEC 716-851-7010
1
Suffolk
Town of Islip Free Fishing Clinic Knapps Lake (Irish Lane), East Islip June 29, 2017 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Bob McCormack, NYS DEC 631-444-0283
1
Suffolk
Town of Brookhaven Lake Ronkonkoma Clinic Lt. Michael P. Murphy Memorial Park, Lake Ronkonkoma July 12, 2017 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Bob McCormack, NYS DEC 631-444-0283
4
Albany
Learn to Fish Day Lawson Lake County Park, Feura Bush July 19, 2017 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM Ro Woodard, Coeymans Conservation Advisory Committee 518-788-7699
9
Erie
Tackl'n the Basics: Free Fishing Clinic
*Pre-registration requested*
Chestnut Ridge Park, Orchard Park July 22, 2017 (Rain Date- July 29) 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM EMPact America of New York, Megan McCulloch 716-435-7873
1
Suffolk
Town of Islip Free Fishing Clinic Knapps Lake (Irish Lane), East Islip July 20, 2017 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Bob McCormack, NYS DEC 631-444-0283
1
Nassau
Hempstead Lake State Park Summer Fishing Clinic Hempstead Lake State Park (McDonald Pond), West Hempstead August 5, 2017 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Bob McCormack, NYS DEC 631-444-0283
1
Suffolk
Town of Islip Free Fishing Clinic Knapps Lake (Irish Lane), East Islip August 10, 2017 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Bob McCormack, NYS DEC 631-444-0283
7
Onondaga
Webster Pond Free Fishing Clinic Webster Pond, Syracuse August 12, 2017 (Rain Date- August 19) 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Chad Norton, Anglers Association of Onondaga 315-727-2922
1
Suffolk
Snapper and Crabbing Clinic Corey Beach Park (Great South Bay), Blue Point August 15, 2017 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Bob McCormack, NYS DEC 631-444-0283
1
Suffolk
Riverhead Snapper Clinic Peconic Riverfront Park (Peconic River), Riverhead August 29, 2017 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Bob McCormack, NYS DEC 631-444-0283
1
Suffolk
Saladino Marine Expo Captree State Park (Great South Bay), Babylon September 9, 2017 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM Bob McCormack, NYS DEC 631-444-0283
1
Nassau
Family Fall Fishing Festival Hempstead Lake State Park (McDonald Pond), West Hempstead October 21, 2017 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Bob McCormack, NYS DEC 631-444-0283