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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 Audubon Center Fishing Clinics Prospect Park, Brooklyn Thursdays-Sundays, June-November 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Steve Wong, Prospect Park Alliance 718-287-3400
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
2
New York
Fishing Clinic at 70th Street Pier 70th Street Pier in Riverside Park South, Manhattan August 24, 2016 10:30 AM - 2:30 PM Melissa Cohen, NYS DEC 718-482-4022
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
2
New York
Lower East Side Ecology Center Fishing Clinic East River Park (NYC Parks), Manhattan August 27, 2016 2:00 PM - 4:00 Pm Kaitlyn Parkins, Lower East Side Ecology Center 212-477-4022
7
Onondaga
State Fair Free Fishing Event Onondaga Lake County Park, Liverpool September 3, 2016 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM Jim Everard, NYS DEC 607-753-3095
1
Suffolk
Saladino Marine Expo Captree State Park (Great South Bay), Babylon September 10, 2016 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM Bob McCormack, NYS DEC 631-444-0283
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