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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 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
2
New York
NY Harlem Meer Catch and Release Fishing Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (Harlem Meer), Manhattan April 1, 2017 - November 30, 2017 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM Sean Reynolds, Central Park Conservancy 212-860-1370
2
New York
LES Ecology Center Free Fishing Clinic Lower East Side Ecology Center (East River at Grand Street), Manhattan June 22, 2017 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Kaitlyn Parkins, Lower East Side Ecology Center 212-477-4022
1
Nassau
Free Fishing Weekend at Valley Stream Arthur J. Hendrickson Park, Valley Stream June 24-25, 2017 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Bob McCormack, NYS DEC 631-444-0283
3
Ulster
Rondout Reservoir Free Family Fishing Day NYC DEP boat launch near intersection of Route 55A and Yagerville Road/Route 46 June 24, 2017 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM Ryan Coulter, NYS DEC 845-256-2204
4
Rensselaer
Free Family Fishing Clinic Grafton Lakes State Park (Long Pond), Grafton June 24, 2017 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM Joelle Ernst, NYS DEC 518-402-8891
9
Erie
Teach-Me-To-Fish Clinic Chestnut Ridge County Park, Orchard Park June 24, 2017 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM Michael Todd, NYS DEC 716-851-7010
1
New York
LES Ecology Center Free Fishing Clinic Lower East Side Ecology Center (East River at 10th Street), Manhattan June 25, 2017 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM Kaitlyn Parkins, Lower East Side Ecology Center 212-477-4022
4
Columbia
Drop In Hudson
(Must be over the age of 18 or accompanied by an adult)
Henry Hudson Waterfront Park (Hudson River), Hudson June 28, 2017 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Michelle Vedder-Drew, Columbia County Soil & Water Conservation District 518-267-3313
1
Suffolk
Town of Islip Free Fishing Clinic Knapps Lake (Irish Lane), East Islip June 29, 2017 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Bob McCormack, NYS DEC 631-444-0283
4
Albany
Learn to Fish Program Thompson's Lake Campground - Thacher State Park, East Berne June 30, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Nancy Engel, NYS Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation 518-872-0800
4
Columbia
Drop In Hudson
(Must be over the age of 18 or accompanied by an adult
Nutten Hook (Hudson River), Stuyvesant July 5, 2017 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Michelle Vedder-Drew, Columbia County Soil & Water Conservation District 518-267-3313
1
Suffolk
Town of Brookhaven Lake Ronkonkoma Clinic Lt. Michael P. Murphy Memorial Park, Lake Ronkonkoma July 12, 2017 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Bob McCormack, NYS DEC 631-444-0283
2
New York
LES Ecology Center Free Fishing Clinic Lower East Side Ecology Center (East River at Grand Street), Manhattan July 12, 2017 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Kaitlyn Parkins, Lower East Side Ecology Center 212-477-4022
4
Albany
Learn to Fish Day Lawson Lake County Park, Feura Bush July 19, 2017 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM Ro Woodard, Coeymans Conservation Advisory Committee 518-788-7699
4
Columbia
Drop In Hudson
(Must be over the age of 18 or accompanied by an adult)
Henry Hudson Waterfront Park (Hudson River), Hudson July 19, 2017 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Michelle Vedder-Drew, Columbia County Soil & Water Conservation District 518-267-3313
1
Suffolk
Town of Islip Free Fishing Clinic Knapps Lake (Irish Lane), East Islip July 20, 2017 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Bob McCormack, NYS DEC 631-444-0283
1
Nassau
Fishing Fun Clinic Hempstead Lake State Park, West Hempstead July 22, 2017 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pamela Hunter, NYS Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation 631-581-1072
2
New York
LES Ecology Center Free Fishing Clinic Lower East Side Ecology Center (East River at Grand Street), Manhattan July 22, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Kaitlyn Parkins, Lower East Side Ecology Center 212-477-4022
9
Erie
Tackl'n the Basics: Free Fishing Clinic
*Pre-registration 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
4
Columbia
Drop In Hudson
(Must be over the age of 18 or accompanied by an adult
Nutten Hook (Hudson River), Stuyvesant July 26, 2017 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Michelle Vedder-Drew, Columbia County Soil & Water Conservation District 518-267-3313
4
Columbia
Drop In Hudson
(Must be over the age of 18 or accompanied by an adult
Ernest R. Lasher Memorial Park (Hudson River), Germantown August 2, 2017 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Michelle Vedder-Drew, Columbia County Soil & Water Conservation District 518-267-3313
1
Nassau
Hempstead Lake State Park Summer Fishing Clinic Hempstead Lake State Park (McDonald Pond), West Hempstead August 5, 2017 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Bob McCormack, NYS DEC 631-444-0283
4
Albany
Learn to Fish Program Thompson's Lake Campground - Thacher State Park, East Berne August 5, 2017 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Nancy Engel, NYS Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation 518-872-0800
4
Columbia
Drop In Hudson
(Must be over the age of 18 or accompanied by an adult)
Henry Hudson Waterfront Park (Hudson River), Hudson August 9, 2017 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Michelle Vedder-Drew, Columbia County Soil & Water Conservation District 518-267-3313
1
Suffolk
Town of Islip Free Fishing Clinic Knapps Lake (Irish Lane), East Islip August 10, 2017 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Bob McCormack, NYS DEC 631-444-0283
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
1
Suffolk
Snapper and Crabbing Clinic Corey Beach Park (Great South Bay), Blue Point August 15, 2017 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Bob McCormack, NYS DEC 631-444-0283
4
Columbia
Drop In Hudson
(Must be over the age of 18 or accompanied by an adult
Nutten Hook (Hudson River), Stuyvesant August 16, 2017 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Michelle Vedder-Drew, Columbia County Soil & Water Conservation District 518-267-3313
2
New York
LES Ecology Center Free Fishing Clinic Lower East Side Ecology Center (East River at 10th Street), Manhattan August 20, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Kaitlyn Parkins, Lower East Side Ecology Center 212-477-4022
4
Columbia
Drop In Hudson
(Must be over the age of 18 or accompanied by an adult
Ernest R. Lasher Memorial Park (Hudson River), Germantown August 23, 2017 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Michelle Vedder-Drew, Columbia County Soil & Water Conservation District 518-267-3313
1
Suffolk
Riverhead Snapper Clinic Peconic Riverfront Park (Peconic River), Riverhead August 29, 2017 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Bob McCormack, NYS DEC 631-444-0283
4
Columbia
Drop In Hudson
(Must be over the age of 18 or accompanied by an adult)
Henry Hudson Waterfront Park (Hudson River), Hudson August 30, 2017 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Michelle Vedder-Drew, Columbia County Soil & Water Conservation District 518-267-3313
1
Suffolk
Saladino Marine Expo Captree State Park (Great South Bay), Babylon September 9, 2017 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM Bob McCormack, NYS DEC 631-444-0283
2
New York
LES Ecology Center Free Fishing Clinic Lower East Side Ecology Center (East River at Grand Street), Manhattan September 15, 2017 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Kaitlyn Parkins, Lower East Side Ecology Center 212-477-4022
1
Suffolk
Fire Island National Seashore Surfcasting Clinic Fire Island National Seashore, Smith Point September 16, 2017 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Bob McCormack, NYS DEC 631-444-0283
2
New York
LES Ecology Center Free Fishing Clinic Lower East Side Ecology Center (East River at 10th Street), Manhattan September 30, 2017 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM Kaitlyn Parkins, Lower East Side Ecology Center 212-477-4022
1
Nassau
Family Fall Fishing Festival Hempstead Lake State Park (McDonald Pond), West Hempstead October 21, 2017 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Bob McCormack, NYS DEC 631-444-0283