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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 25-26, 2016, is Free Fishing Weekend in NY. February 13-14, 2016 and November 11, 2016 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 2016
Region/County Name of Event Location Date/rain date Time Contact Contact Phone
2
New York
NY Harlem Meer Catch & Release Central Park (Harlem Meer), Manhattan April 1 - November 30, 2016 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Sean Reynolds, Central Park Conservancy 212-860-1370
2
Kings
Prospect Park Earth Day Fishing Clinic Prospect Park Audubon Center, Brooklyn April 17, 2016 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM Melissa Cohen, NYS DEC 718-482-4022
3
Ulster
Free Family Fishing Event Lower Esopus Creek Access Site (Sandy Road), Kingston April 22, 2016 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM Ryan Coulter, NYS DEC 845-256-2204
3
Ulster
Free Family Fishing Day at SUNY New Paltz SUNY New Paltz (large lower pond), New Paltz April 23, 2016
Rain Date- May 4, 2016
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Ryan Coulter, NYS DEC 845-256-2204
3
Dutchess
Free Family Fishing Day Overlook Park, Poughkeepsie April 24, 2016 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM Ryan Coulter, NYS DEC 845-256-2204
4
Albany
8th Annual Six Mile Waterworks Fishing Festival Accessible
Six Mile Waterworks (Rensselaer Lake), Albany April 26 - April 29, 2016 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Joelle Ernst, NYS DEC 518-402-8891
3
Westchester
Pound Ridge Recreation Fishing Event Pound Ridge Park, Pound Ridge May 1, 2016 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM Dave Goldberg, Pound Ridge Recreation Department 914-764-3987
5
Saratoga
Learn to Fish at Clifton Park Open Space Day Barney Road Park, Clifton Park May 14, 2016 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM Jennifer Viggiani, Town of Clifton Park Open Spaces, Trails & Riverfront Committee 518-371-6054 ext. 256
6
St. Lawrence
Ted Kot Fishing Day Wilson Hill boat launch/causeway (St. Lawrence River), Massena May 14, 2016 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM Mike McCabe, Massena Joint Recreation Department 315-769-3161
3
Orange
Thruway Sporting Goods Outdoor Sports Expo James C. Olley Community Park (Walden Community Park Pond), Walden May 21, 2016 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Ryan Coulter, NYS DEC 845-256-2204
7
Chenango
8th Annual Fishing Heritage Day South Otselic Fish Hatchery, South Otselic May 21, 2016 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
12:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Jim Everard, NYS DEC 607-753-3095
8
Monroe
Monroe County Intergenerational Fishing Day Powder Mills Park (Irondequoit Creek), Pittsford May 21, 2016 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Mike Barry, Rochester-Monroe County Youth Bureau 585-753-6461
3
Rockland
Free Family Fishing Day Bear Mountain State Park (Hessian Lake), Bear Mountain May 22, 2016 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Ryan Coulter, NYS DEC 845-256-2204
9
Wyoming
Free Learn to Catch a Fish/Kids Conservation Day Letchworth State Park, Castile May 28, 2016 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM Douglas Kelly, OPRHP 585-493-3605
1
Suffolk
Surfcasting Clinic Fire Island National Seashore Beach- Wilderness Visitors Center (Atlantic Ocean), Smith Point June 4, 2016 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM Bob McCormack, NYS DEC 631-444-0283
2
Queens
World Science Festival Fishing Clinic Gantry Plaza State Park fishing pier (East River), Queens June 4, 2016 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Melissa Cohen, NYS DEC 718-482-4022
3
Orange
Free Family Fishing Day Chadwick Lake Park, Newburgh June 4, 2016 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM Ryan Coulter, NYS DEC 845-256-2204
4
Schenectady
8th Annual Free Family Fishing Day Central Park (Iroquois Lake), Schenectady June 4, 2016 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Joelle Ernst, NYS DEC 518-402-8891
9
Chautauqua
Youth Hook & Learn Fishing Event Falconer Rod & Gun Club, Falconer June 4, 2016 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Nick Costanzo, Falconer Rod & Gun Club 716-664-2426
3
Ulster
Family Fun and Fish Day Kenneth Wilson State Park (Wilson Lake), Mt. Tremper June 5, 2016 12:00 PM - 2:30 PM Ryan Coulter, NYS DEC 845-256-2204
4
Columbia
Drop In Hudson! Henry Hudson Waterfront Park (Hudson River), Hudson June 8, 2016 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Michelle Vedder-Drew, Columbia Co. Soil & Water Conservation District 518-828-4386
3
Ulster
Free Family Fishing Day at Ashokan Reservoir Woodstock Dike (Ashokan Reservoir), Hurley June 12, 2016 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM Ryan Coulter, NYS DEC 845-256-2204
4
Columbia
Drop In Hudson! Henry Hudson Waterfront Park (Hudson River), Hudson June 15, 2016 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Michelle Vedder-Drew, Columbia Co. Soil & Water Conservation District 518-828-4386
1
Suffolk
Deep Pond Father's Fishing Day Clinic Schiff Boy Scout Camp (Deep Pond), Wading River June 18, 2016 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Bob McCormack, NYS DEC 631-444-0283
4
Delaware
Family Fishing Day- Cannonsville Reservoir Route 10 Boat Launch- south of bridge (Cannonsville Reservoir), Hancock June 18, 2016 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM Tom Baudanza, NYC DEP 845-340-7857
7
Chenango
Free Family Fishing Day Rogers Environmental Education Center, Sherburne June 18, 2016 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM Sarah Freedman, Friends of Rogers Environmental Education Center 607-674-4733
8
Livingston
Chip Holt Nature Center Free Fishing Clinic Chip Holt Nature Center (Vitale Park), Lakeville June 18, 2016 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Matthew Sanderson, Chip Holt Nature Center 585-243-1904
4
Otsego
Father's Day Fishing Clinic Neahwa Park, Oneonta June 19, 2016 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM David Plummer, Dave Brandt Chapter 210- Trout Unlimited 607-563-1978
4
Columbia
Drop In Hudson! Henry Hudson Waterfront Park (Hudson River), Hudson June 22, 2016 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Michelle Vedder-Drew, Columbia Co. Soil & Water Conservation District 518-828-4386
3
Orange
Newburgh Rowing Family Fishing Clinic Newburgh Rowing Club- Ward Brothers Memorial Park (Hudson River), Newburgh June 25, 2016
Rain Date- June 26, 2016
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM Juliana LoBiondo, Newburgh Rowing Club 845-625-4906
4
Rensselaer
Annual Free Fishing Clinic Grafton Lakes State Park (Long Pond), Grafton June 25, 2016 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM Joelle Ernst, NYS DEC 518-402-8891
4
Columbia
Drop In Hudson! Henry Hudson Waterfront Park (Hudson River), Hudson June 29, 2016 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Michelle Vedder-Drew, Columbia Co. Soil & Water Conservation District 518-828-4386
1
Suffolk
Town of Islip Fishing Clinic Bayshore Manor Park Marina (Great South Bay), Bayshore June 30, 2016 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Bob McCormack, NYS DEC 631-444-0283
4
Columbia
Drop In Hudson! Henry Hudson Waterfront Park (Hudson River), Hudson July 6 , 2016 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Michelle Vedder-Drew, Columbia Co. Soil & Water Conservation District 518-828-4386
1
Suffolk
Lakeside Fishing Clinic Town of Brookhaven Beach (Lake Ronkonkoma), Lake Ronkonkoma July 13, 2016 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Bob McCormack, NYS DEC 631-444-0283
4
Columbia
Drop In Hudson! Henry Hudson Waterfront Park (Hudson River), Hudson July 13, 2016 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Michelle Vedder-Drew, Columbia Co. Soil & Water Conservation District 518-828-4386
3
Putnam
Free Family Fishing Day Lake Gleneida NYCDEP property (Lake Gleneida), Carmel July 16, 2016 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM Ryan Coulter, NYS DEC 845-256-2204
4
Otsego
W.O.W. (Wear it on the Water) Paddle Fest Gilbert Lake State Park, Laurens July 16, 2016 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM Ro Woodard, NYS Parks 518-408-1028
4
Columbia
Drop In Hudson! Henry Hudson Waterfront Park (Hudson River), Hudson July 20, 2016 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Michelle Vedder-Drew, Columbia Co. Soil & Water Conservation District 518-828-4386
1
Suffolk
Town of Islip Fishing Clinic Sayville Marine Park (Great South Bay), Sayville July 21, 2016 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Bob McCormack, NYS DEC 631-444-0283
4
Columbia
Drop In Hudson! Henry Hudson Waterfront Park (Hudson River), Hudson July 27, 2016 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Michelle Vedder-Drew, Columbia Co. Soil & Water Conservation District 518-828-4386
1
Suffolk
Free Family Fishing- Fluke/Snapper Captree State Park (Great South Bay-Fire Island Inlet), Babylon July 31, 2016 12:30 PM - 3:00 PM Brenden Rutigliano, Captree Fuel, Bait & Tackle 631-587-3430
4
Columbia
Drop In Hudson! Henry Hudson Waterfront Park (Hudson River), Hudson August 3, 2016 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Michelle Vedder-Drew, Columbia Co. Soil & Water Conservation District 518-828-4386
1
Nassau
Hempstead Lake Summer Fishing Clinic Hempstead Lake State Park, West Hempstead August 6, 2016 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Bob McCormack, NYS DEC 631-444-0283
9
Erie
Tacklin' the Basics Chestnut Ridge Park, Orchard Park August 6, 2016 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM Megan McCulloch, EMPact America 716-435-7873
1
Suffolk
Free Family Crabbing and Snapper Clinic Captree State Park (Great South Bay-Fire Island Inlet), Babylon August 7, 2016 12:30 PM - 3:00 PM Brenden Rutigliano, Captree Fuel, Bait & Tackle 631-587-3430
1
Suffolk
Snapper and Crabbing Clinic Corey Beach Park (Great South Bay), Blue Point August 9, 2016 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Bob McCormack, NYS DEC 631-444-0283
4
Columbia
Drop In Hudson! Henry Hudson Waterfront Park (Hudson River), Hudson August 10, 2016 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Michelle Vedder-Drew, Columbia Co. Soil & Water Conservation District 518-828-4386
1
Suffolk
Town of Islip Fishing Clinic West Sayville Boat Basin (Great South Bay), Sayville August 11, 2016 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Bob McCormack, NYS DEC 631-444-0283
7
Cayuga
W.O.W. (Wear it on the Water) Paddle Fest Fair Haven Beach State Park (Sterling Pond), Fair Haven August 13, 2016 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM Ro Woodard, NYS Parks 518-402-1028
4
Delaware
Family Fishing Day Shavertown Bridge- north end and BWS Rd. No. 4 (Pepacton Reservoir), Andes August 14, 2016 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM Tom Baudanza, NYC DEP 845-340-7857
4
Columbia
Drop In Hudson! Henry Hudson Waterfront Park (Hudson River), Hudson August 17, 2016 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Michelle Vedder-Drew, Columbia Co. Soil & Water Conservation District 518-828-4386
1
Suffolk
Riverhead Snapper Clinic Riverfront Park (Peconic River), Riverhead August 24, 2016 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Bob McCormack, NYS DEC 631-444-0283
4
Columbia
Drop In Hudson! Henry Hudson Waterfront Park (Hudson River), Hudson August 24, 2016 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Michelle Vedder-Drew, Columbia Co. Soil & Water Conservation District 518-828-4386
1
Suffolk
Free Family Fishing- Fluke/Snapper Captree State Park (Great South Bay-Fire Island Inlet), Babylon August 31, 2016 12:30 PM - 3:00 PM Brenden Rutigliano, Captree Fuel, Bait & Tackle 631-587-3430
1
Nassau
Family Fall Fishing Festival Hempstead Lake State Park, West Hempstead October 15, 2016 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Bob McCormack, NYS DEC 631-444-0283