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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
Beat the Winter Blues Winterfest 2015
Lake Lauderdale, Route 22, Cambridge
February 7, 2015
9 AM - 3 PM
Kathy Jo McIntyre, Washington Co. Public Health
518-746-2400 ext. 2415
Otsego Ice Fishing Clinic
Glimmerglass State Park, Cooperstown (Otsego Lake)
February 18, 2015 9 AM - 3 PM Richard Sheckells, NYS OPRHP
Ice Fishing Clinic
Casterline Pond (DEC fishing access parking area), Homer
February 18, 2015
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Jim Everard, NYS DEC