Department of Environmental Conservation

D E C banner

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
4
Otsego
Canadarago Lake Ice Fishing Clinic Marine State Park (Canadarago Lake), Dennison Road, Richfield Springs February 22, 2017 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Richard Sheckells, NYS Parks 607-547-8662
7
Cortland
Casterline Pond Ice Fishing Clinic DEC Fishing Access Area (Casterline Pond) February 22, 2017 Cancelled Jim Everard, NYS DEC 607-753-3095
Please note: this clinic has been cancelled due to poor ice conditions
4
Albany
Thompsons Lake Ice Fishing Clinic Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center, Voorheesville February 25, 2017 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Kevin Busch, Albany County Conservation Alliance 518-495-4396
7
Madison
Ice Fishing Clinic Lakeland Park (Cazenovia Lake), Cazenovia February 26, 2017 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Judy Gianforte, Cazenovia Preservation Foundation 315-877-1742
5
Washington
Ice Fishing Clinic Carters Pond Wildlife Management Area (WMA), Greenwich March 4, 2017 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM Steve Gonyeau, NYS Conservation Officers Association 518-567-2104
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
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
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
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
9
Erie
Tackl'n the Basics: Free Fishing Clinic
*Preregistration 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
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