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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
3
Dutchess
Family Fishing Day Town of Washington Park, Millbrook May 20, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Kelly Cassinelli, Town of Washington Recreation 914-474-0693
3
Ulster
Family Fun and Fish Day (Pre-registration required) Kenneth Wilson State Park (Wilson Lake), Mt. Tremper May 20, 2017 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM Ryan Coulter, NYS DEC 845-256-2204
6
Jefferson
Fort Drum Free Fishing Day
(Recreational Access Pass required- free and available online)
Fort Drum Military Installation (Remington Pond), Fort Drum May 20, 2017 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM Raymond Rainbolt, Fort Drum Natural Resources Branch 315-772-9636
7
Chenango
9th Annual Fishing Heritage Day South Otselic Fish Hatchery, South Otselic May 20, 2017 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
12:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Jim Everard, NYS DEC 607-753-3095
4
Delaware
Pepacton Family Fishing Day Shavertown Bridge site (off Route 30), Andes 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
9
Wyoming
Kid's Conservation Day and Wildlife Festival Letchworth State Park, Castile May 27, 2017 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM Brian Scriven, NYS Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation 585-493-3617
1
Suffolk
Fishing Fun Clinic Belmont Lake State Park, North Babylon June 3, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 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 June 3, 2017 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Kaitlyn Parkins, Lower East Side Ecology Center 212-477-4022
2
Queens
World Science Festival Fishing Clinic Gantry Plaza Festival Fishing Pier (East River), Long Island City June 3, 2017 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM Melissa Cohen, NYS DEC 718-482-4022
3
Dutchess
Roosevelt Fire Department Community Day Greenfields Pond, Hyde Park June 3, 2017 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM Ryan Palmer, Roosevelt Engine Company Two 845-453-2642
4
Schenectady
Free Family Fishing Day Central Park (Iroquois Lake), Schenectady June 3, 2017 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Joelle Ernst, NYS DEC 518-402-8891
6
Oneida
Sauquoit Creek Fishing Clinic Washington Mills Athletic Park (Sauquoit Creek), New Hartford June 3, 2017 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM Dave Erway, NYS DEC 315-793-2556
7
Onondaga
Family Fishing Day Carpenter's Brook Fish Hatchery, Elbridge June 3, 2017 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM Jim Everard, NYS DEC 607-753-3095 x 213
9
Chautauqua
Take a Kid Fishing Dunkirk Yacht Club & Mullet Street (Lake Erie), Dunkirk June 3, 2017 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM Zen Olow, Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club 716-640-2776
2
Richmond
Greenbelt Outdoor Adventure Day Willowbrook Park, Staten Island June 10, 2017 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM Melissa Cohen, NYS DEC 718-482-4022
9
Chautauqua
Youth Outdoorsmen Fishing Day Lakeside Park (Chautauqua Lake), Mayville June 10, 2017 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM Philip Chimera, Ripley Rod & Gun Club 716-969-8344
9
Erie
Teach-Me-To-Fish Clinic Ellicott Creek County Park, Tonawanda June 10, 2017 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM Michael Todd, NYS DEC 716-851-7010
3
Rockland
Free Family Fishing Day Bear Mountain State Park (Hessian Lake), Bear Mountain June 11, 2017 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM Ryan Coulter, NYS DEC 845-256-2204
3
Dutchess
Fishing the River Norrie Point Environmental Center (Hudson River), Staatsburg June 14, 2017 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM Ryan Coulter, NYS DEC 845-256-2204
1
Suffolk
Deep Pond Father's Day Fishing Clinic Schiff Boy Scout Reservation, Wading River June 17, 2017 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Bob McCormack, NYS DEC 631-444-0283
7
Chenango
Friends of Rogers Rogers Environmental Education Center (Ice Pond), Sherburne June 17, 2017 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM Sarah Freedman, Friends of Rogers 607-674-4733
8
Livingston
Chip Holt Nature Center Free Fishing Clinic Vitale Park at Chip Holt Nature Center (Conesus Lake), Lakeville June 17, 2017 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Matthew Sanderson, Chip Holt Nature Center 585-243-1904
9
Chautauqua
Great Lakes Experience Deer Street (Lake Erie), Dunkirk June 17, 2017 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM Zen Olow, USFWS 716-640-2776
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
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
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
Columbia
Drop In Hudson
(Must be over the age of 18 or accompanied by an adult
Ernest R. Lasher Memorial Park (Hudson River), Germantown July 12, 2017 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Michelle Vedder-Drew, Columbia County Soil & Water Conservation District 518-267-3313
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
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