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Free Fishing Clinics

Free Sport Fishing Events are fishing programs 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, 2020 free fishing days are as follows: February 15-16 (Presidents Day Weekend), June 27-28 (Free Fishing Weekend), September 26 (National Hunting and Fishing Day) and November 11 (Veterans Day) have also been newly designated as Free Fishing Days. During these days, anyone can fish the fresh waters of NY and no license is required. This table is routinely updated, so check back often for a fishing program near you!

Designated New York Free Fishing Events for 2020
Region/County Name of Event Location Date/Rain Date Time Contact Contact Phone
6
Jefferson
Fort Drum Free Fishing Day
*Fort Drum Recreational Access Pass required, available online
Fort Drum (Remington Pond), Fort Drum May 16, 2020 15:00 PM - 3:45 PM Raymond Rainbolt, Directorate of Public Works- Environmental Division 315-772-9636
9
Wyoming
Free Learn to Catch a Fish Day Silver Lake State Park, Silver Springs May 16, 2020 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM Douglas Kelly, NYS Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation 585-493-3605
6
Jefferson
Fishing Classes with Spider Rybaak Wellesley Island State Park (MAC Nature Center), Fineview May 23, 2020 11:00 AM - 3:30 PM Gaby Padewska, NYS Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation 315-482-2479
5
Saratoga
Family Learn-to-Fish Program Barney Road Park & Pool (Barney Pond), Clifton Park May 30, 2020 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM Jennifer Viggiani, Town of Clifton Park Open Space, Trails & Riverfront Committee 518-371-6054
7
Onondaga
Family Fishing Day Carpenter's Brook Fish Hatchery, Elbridge June 6, 2020 9:30 AM -12:30 PM Jim Everard, NYS DEC or Carpenter's Brook Fish Hatchery 607-753-3095 or 315-689-9367
9
Chautauqua
Take a Kid Fishing Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club/Memorial Park (Lake Erie), Dunkirk June 6, 2020 7:00 AM - 12:00 PM Zen Olow, Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club 716-640-2776
9
Chautauqua
Great Lakes Experience Memorial Park (Lake Erie), Dunkirk June 6, 2020 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Zen Olow, Great Lakes Experience 716-640-2776
6
Jefferson
Fishing Classes with Spider Rybaak Wellesley Island State Park (MAC Nature Center), Fineview June 20, 2020 11:00 AM - 3:30 PM Gaby Padewska, NYS Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation 315-482-2479
4
Otsego
Father's Day Fishing Clinic Neawha Park (Hodges Pond), Oneonta June 21, 2020 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM Patricia Leitenberger, Dave Brandt Chapter- Trout Unlimited 607-434-6029
6
Jefferson
Fishing Classes with Spider Rybaak Wellesley Island State Park (MAC Nature Center), Fineview July 4, 2020 11:00 AM - 3:30 PM Gaby Padewska, NYS Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation 315-482-2479
6
Jefferson
Fishing Classes with Spider Rybaak Wellesley Island State Park (MAC Nature Center), Fineview August 8, 2020 11:00 AM - 3:30 PM Gaby Padewska, NYS Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation 315-482-2479
7
Onondaga
Webster Pond Free Fishing Clinic Webster Pond, Syracuse August 8, 2020
(Rain Date: August 15)
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Chad Norton, Anglers Association of Onondaga 315-727-2922
6
Jefferson
Fishing Classes with Spider Rybaak Wellesley Island State Park (MAC Nature Center), Fineview September 5, 2020 11:00 AM - 3:30 PM Gaby Padewska, NYS Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation 315-482-2479
6
Jefferson
Fishing Classes with Spider Rybaak Wellesley Island State Park (MAC Nature Center), Fineview October 3, 2020 11:00 AM - 3:30 PM Gaby Padewska, NYS Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation 315-482-2479