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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
2
New York
Harlem Meer Catch and Release Fishing Central Park (Harlem Meer), Manhattan April 11 - October 13, 2015 10 AM - 3 PM (Mon-Sat),
10 AM - 1 PM (Sun)
Sean Reynolds, Central Park Conservancy 212-860-1370
1
Suffolk
Deep Pond Fishing Clinic Schiff Scout Reservation (Deep Pond), Wading River June 20, 2015 10 AM - 2 PM Chart Guthrie, NYS DEC 631-444-0280
4
Delaware
Pepacton Reservoir Family Fishing Day Shavertown bridge boat launch (Pepacton Reservoir), Hancock June 20, 2015 9 AM - 2 PM Tom Baudanza, NYC DEP 845-340-7857
7
Chenango
Family Fishing Event Rogers Environmental Education Center (Ice Pond), Sherburne June 20, 2015 9 AM - 1 PM Sarah Freedman, Friends of Rogers 607-674-4733
8
Livingston
Chip Holt Nature Center Free Fishing Clinic Chip Holt Nature Center- Vitale Park, Lakeville June 20, 2015 9 AM - 12 PM Matthew Sanderson, Chip Holt Nature Center 585-243-1904
4
Otsego
Father's Day Fishing Clinic Neahwa Park Pond, Oneonta June 21, 2015 9 AM - 4 PM David Krupa, Trout Unlimited- Dave Brandt Chapter 607-643-2004
2
Kings
National Multiple Sclerosis Society Free Fishing Clinic ACCESSIBLE North 5th St. Pier Williamsburg, Brooklyn June 24, 2015 10 AM - 2 PM Melissa Cohen, NYS DEC 718-482-4022
2
Queens
Family Fishing Clinic Kissena Park, Flushing June 27, 2015 10 AM - 2 PM Melissa Cohen, NYS DEC 718-482-4022
3
Ulster
Family Fun Fishing Day Kenneth Wilson State Park, Mt. Tremper June 27, 2015 11 AM - 1:30 PM Ryan Coulter, NYS DEC 845-256-2204
4
Rensselaer
Family Fishing Clinic Grafton Lakes State Park (Long Pond), Grafton June 27, 2015 9 AM - 1 PM Joelle Ernst, NYS DEC 518-402-8891
7
Onondaga
Family Fun Fishing Day- Learn to Fish Onondaga Lake Park, Liverpool June 27, 2015 9 AM - 12 PM Les Monostory, Izaak Walton League CNY Chapter 315-637-6735
9
Erie
Teach-Me-To-Fish Clinic Chestnut Ridge County Park, Orchard Park June 27, 2015 9:30 AM - 1 PM Michael Todd, NYS DEC 716-851-7010
2
Kings
NY Macy's Fishing Clinic Prospect Park Lake, Brooklyn July 4 & 5, 2015 12 PM - 5 PM Eve Schwartz, Prospect Park Alliance 718-287-3400
1
Suffolk
Free Saltwater Fishing Clinic Piers at Captree State Park (Fire Island Inlet), Babylon July 11, 2015 6 AM - 7 PM Brenden Rutigliano, Captree Bait Shop 631-587-3430
2
Kings
NY Macy's Fishing Clinic Prospect Park Lake, Brooklyn July 11 & 12, 2015 12 PM - 5 PM Eve Schwartz, Prospect Park Alliance 718-287-3400
4
Otsego
W.O.W. (Wear it On the Water) Paddle Fest Gilbert Lake State Park, Laurens July 11, 2015 10 AM - 3 PM Ro Woodard, NYS Parks 518-408-1028
1
Suffolk
Lakeside Fishing Clinic (Pre-registration required) Town of Brookhaven beach, Ronkonkoma July 15, 2015 6 PM - 8:30 PM Ann Ezelius, NYS DEC 631-444-0283
1
Suffolk
Free Saltwater Fishing Clinic Piers at Captree State Park (Fire Island Inlet), Babylon July 18, 2015 6 AM - 7 PM Brenden Rutigliano, Captree Bait Shop 631-587-3430
2
New York
City of Water Day Governor's Island, Manhattan July 18, 2015 10 AM - 4 PM Melissa Cohen, NYS DEC 718-482-4022
9
Erie
Tacklin' the Basics: Free Fishing Clinic Chestnut Ridge Park, Orchard Park July 18, 2015 8 AM - 1 PM Megan McCulloch, EMPact America 716-435-7873
2
Kings
NY Macy's Fishing Clinic Prospect Park Lake, Brooklyn July 18 & 19, 2015 12 PM - 5 PM Eve Schwartz, Prospect Park Alliance 718-287-3400
4
Schenectady
Steinmetz Family Fun Day Steinmetz Park, Schenectady July 25, 2015 12 PM - 3 PM Joelle Ernst, NYS DEC 518-402-8891
1
Suffolk
Free Saltwater Fishing Clinic Piers at Captree State Park (Fire Island Inlet), Babylon July 26, 2015 6 AM - 7 PM Brenden Rutigliano, Captree Bait Shop 631-587-3430
2
Kings
NY Macy's Fishing Clinic Prospect Park Lake, Brooklyn July 25 & 26, 2015
12 PM - 5 PM Eve Schwartz, Prospect Park Alliance 718-287-3400
1
Suffolk
Town of Islip Saltwater Fishing Clinic Bayshore Marina (Great South Bay), Bayshore July 30, 2015 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Bob McCormack, NYS DEC 631-444-0280
1
Nassau
Summer Family Fishing Festival (Pre-registration required) ACCESSIBLE Hempstead Lake State Park (MacDonald Pond), Hempstead August 1, 2015 10 AM - 2 PM Bob McCormack, NYS DEC 631-444-0280
1
Suffolk
Free Saltwater Fishing Clinic Piers at Captree State Park (Fire Island Inlet), Babylon August 8, 2015 6 AM - 7 PM Brenden Rutigliano, Captree Bait Shop 631-587-3430
1
Suffolk
Town of Islip Saltwater Fishing Clinic Sayville Marina (Great South Bay), Sayville August 13, 2015 5:30 AM - 7:30 PM Bob McCormack, NYS DEC 631-444-0280
1
Suffolk
Peconic River Snapper Clinic (Pre-registration required) ACCESSIBLE Riverfront Park, Riverhead August 20, 2015 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Bob McCormack, NYS DEC 631-444-0280
1
Suffolk
Saltwater Fishing and Crabbing Clinic (Pre-registration required) ACCESSIBLE Corey Creek Park (Patchogue Bay), Blue Point August 26, 2015 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Ann Ezelius, NYS DEC 631-444-0283
1
Suffolk
Free Saltwater Fishing Clinic Piers at Captree State Park (Fire Island Inlet), Babylon August 30, 2015 6 AM - 7 PM Brenden Rutigliano, Captree Bait Shop 631-587-3430
5
Washington
Free Fishing Clinic- ACCESSIBLE John A. Brooks Memorial Fishing Pier (South Bay- Lake Champlain), Whitehall September 5, 2015 10 AM - 2 PM Joelle Ernst, NYS DEC 518-402-8891
1
Suffolk
Town of Islip Saltwater Fishing Clinic East Islip Marina (Great South Bay), East Islip September 10, 2015 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Bob McCormack, NYS DEC 631-444-0280
1
Suffolk
Free Saltwater Fishing Clinic Piers at Captree State Park (Fire Island Inlet), Babylon September 12, 2015 6 AM - 7 PM Brenden Rutigliano, Captree Bait Shop 631-587-3430
2
Kings
National Multiple Sclerosis Society Free Fishing Clinic ACCESSIBLE North 5th St. Pier Williamsburg, Brooklyn September 16, 2015 10 AM - 2 PM Melissa Cohen, NYS DEC 718-482-4022
2
New York
Little Red Lighthouse Event Fort Washington Park, Manhattan September 26, 2015 12 PM - 4 PM Melissa Cohen, NYS DEC 718-482-4022
1
Suffolk
Free Saltwater Fishing Clinic Piers at Captree State Park (Fire Island Inlet), Babylon September 27, 2015 6 AM - 7 PM Brenden Rutigliano, Captree Bait Shop 631-587-3430
1
Suffolk
Free Saltwater Fishing Clinic Piers at Captree State Park (Fire Island Inlet), Babylon October 3, 2015 6 AM - 7 PM Brenden Rutigliano, Captree Bait Shop 631-587-3430
2
Queens
Free Fishing Clinic at Bayswater State Park Bayswater State Park (Jamaica Bay), Far Rockaway October 4, 2015 10 AM - 2 PM Melissa Cohen, NYS DEC 718-482-4022
1
Nassau
Fall Family Fishing Festival Hempstead Lake State Park (MacDonald Pond), Hempstead October 17, 2015 10 AM - 4 PM Bob McCormack, NYS DEC 631-444-0280