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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 27-28, 2015, is Free Fishing Weekend in NY. During Free Fishing Weekend, anyone can fish the fresh or marine waters of NY and no license is required!

Designated New York Free Fishing Events for 2015
Region/County Name of Event Location Date/rain date Time Contact Contact Phone
2
New York
Harlem Meer Catch and Release Fishing Central Park (Harlem Meer), Manhattan April 11 - October 13, 2015 10 AM - 4 PM Sean Reynolds, Central Park Conservancy 347-522-8209
3
Dutchess
Fishing the River Norrie Point Environmental Center (Hudson River), Staatsburg April 18, 2015 12 PM - 3 PM Ryan Coulter, NYS DEC 845-256-2204
2
Kings
Earth Day Fishing at Prospect Park Prospect Park Audubon Center, Brooklyn April 19, 2015 12 PM - 4 PM Melissa Cohen, NYS DEC 718-482-4022
3
Dutchess
Free Fishing Fishing Day Greensfield Park Pond, Hyde Park April 25, 2015 9 AM - 1 PM Ryan Coulter, NYS DEC 845-256-2204
4
Rensselaer
Free Family Fishing Day East Greenbush Town Park, East Greenbush April 25, 2015 10 AM - 2 PM Joelle Ernst, NYS DEC 518-402-8891
3
Dutchess
Free Family Fishing Day Overlook Park, Poughkeepsie May 2, 2015 9 AM - 1 PM Ryan Coulter, NYS DEC 845-256-2204
3
Orange
Free Family Fishing Day Chadwick Lake Park, Newburgh May 16, 2015 9 AM - 1 PM Ryan Coulter, NYS DEC 845-256-2204

7
Chenango

7th Annual Fishing Heritage Day South Otselic Fish Hatchery, South Otselic May 16, 2015 9 AM - 11:30AM,
12:30 PM - 3 PM
Jim Everard, NYS DEC 607-753-3095
3
Dutchess
Fishing the River Norrie Point Environmental Center (Hudson River), Staatsburg May 17, 2015 12 PM - 3 PM Ryan Coulter, NYS DEC 845-256-2204
1
Suffolk
Surfcasting Clinic Fire Island National Seashore (FINS) Wilderness Center,
Smith Point Beach, Shirley
May 30, 2015 4 PM - 6 PM Bob McCormack, NYS DEC 631-444-0280
1
Suffolk
Lakeside Fishing Clinic (Pre-registration required) Town of Brookhaven beach, Ronkonkoma July 15, 2015 6 PM - 8:30 PM Ann Ezelius, NYS DEC 631-444-0283
2
New York
City of Water Day Governor's Island, Manhattan July 18, 2015 10 AM - 4 PM Melissa Cohen, NYS DEC 718-482-4022
4
Otsego
Father's Day Fishing Clinic Neahwa Park Pond, Oneonta June 21, 2015 9 AM - 4 PM David Krupa, Trout Unlimited- Dave Brandt Chapter 607-643-2004
1
Suffolk
Town of Islip Saltwater Fishing Clinic Bayshore Marina (Great South Bay), Bayshore July 30, 2015 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Bob McCormack, NYS DEC 631-444-0280
1
Nassau
Summer Family Fishing Festival Hempstead Lake State Park (MacDonald Pond), Hempstead August 1, 2015 10 AM - 2 PM Bob McCormack, NYS DEC 631-444-0280
1
Suffolk
Town of Islip Saltwater Fishing Clinic Sayville Marina (Great South Bay), Sayville August 13, 2015 5:30 AM - 7:30 PM Bob McCormack, NYS DEC 631-444-0280
1
Suffolk
Peconic River Snapper Clinic Riverfront Park, Riverhead August 20, 2015 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Bob McCormack, NYS DEC 631-444-0280
1
Suffolk
Saltwater Fishing and Crabbing Clinic Corey Creek Park (Patchogue Bay), Blue Point August 26, 2015 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Ann Ezelius, NYS DEC 631-444-0283
1
Suffolk
Town of Islip Saltwater Fishing Clinic East Islip Marina (Great South Bay), East Islip September 10, 2015 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Bob McCormack, NYS DEC 631-444-0280
2
New York
Little Red Lighthouse Event Fort Washington Park, Manhattan September 26, 2015 12 PM - 4 PM Melissa Cohen, NYS DEC 718-482-4022
2
Queens
Free Fishing Clinic at Bayswater State Park Bayswater State Park (Jamaica Bay), Far Rockaway October 4, 2015 10 AM - 2 PM Melissa Cohen, NYS DEC 718-482-4022
1
Nassau
Fall Family Fishing Festival Hempstead Lake State Park (MacDonald Pond), Hempstead October 17, 2015 10 AM - 4 PM Bob McCormack, NYS DEC 631-444-0280