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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 25-26, 2016, is Free Fishing Weekend in NY. February 13-14, 2016 and November 11, 2016 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 2016
Region/County Name of Event Location Date/rain date Time Contact Contact Phone
2
New York
NY Harlem Meer Catch & Release Central Park (Harlem Meer), Manhattan April 1 - November 30, 2016 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Sean Reynolds, Central Park Conservancy 212-860-1370
2
Kings
Prospect Park Audubon Center Fishing Clinics Prospect Park, Brooklyn Thursdays-Sundays, June-November 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Steve Wong, Prospect Park Alliance 718-287-3400
3
Orange
Newburgh Rowing Family Fishing Clinic Newburgh Rowing Club- Ward Brothers Memorial Park (Hudson River), Newburgh June 25, 2016
Rain Date- June 26
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM Juliana LoBiondo, Newburgh Rowing Club 845-625-4906
4
Rensselaer
Annual Free Fishing Clinic Grafton Lakes State Park (Long Pond), Grafton June 25, 2016 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM Joelle Ernst, NYS DEC 518-402-8891
4
Schoharie
Free Fishing Clinic **Accessible Looking Glass Pond, Summit June 25, 2016 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Chris VanMaaren, NYS DEC 607-652-2620
9
Erie
Teach-Me-To-Fish Clinic Chestnut Ridge County Park, Orchard Park June 25, 2016 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM Michael Todd, NYS DEC 716-851-7010
2
New York
Lower East Side Ecology Center Fishing Clinic East River Park (NYC Parks), Manhattan June 26, 2016 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Kaitlyn Parkins, Lower East Side Ecology Center 212-477-4022
4
Columbia
Drop In Hudson! Henry Hudson Waterfront Park (Hudson River), Hudson June 29, 2016 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Michelle Vedder-Drew, Columbia Co. Soil & Water Conservation District 518-828-4386
1
Suffolk
Town of Islip Fishing Clinic Bayshore Manor Park Marina (Great South Bay), Bayshore June 30, 2016 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Bob McCormack, NYS DEC 631-444-0283
4
Columbia
Drop In Hudson! Henry Hudson Waterfront Park (Hudson River), Hudson July 6 , 2016 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Michelle Vedder-Drew, Columbia Co. Soil & Water Conservation District 518-828-4386
2
New York
Lower East Side Ecology Center Fishing Clinic East River Park (NYC Parks), Manhattan July 7, 2016 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Kaitlyn Parkins, Lower East Side Ecology Center 212-477-4022
1
Suffolk
Lakeside Fishing Clinic Town of Brookhaven Beach (Lake Ronkonkoma), Lake Ronkonkoma July 13, 2016 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Bob McCormack, NYS DEC 631-444-0283
4
Columbia
Drop In Hudson! Henry Hudson Waterfront Park (Hudson River), Hudson July 13, 2016 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Michelle Vedder-Drew, Columbia Co. Soil & Water Conservation District 518-828-4386
2
Queens
RWA Fishing Clinic Dubo's Point (Jamaica Bay), Queens July 14, 2016
Rain Date- July 15
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM Julianna Schroeger, Rockaway Waterfront Alliance 412-720-8377
3
Putnam
Free Family Fishing Day Lake Gleneida NYCDEP property (Lake Gleneida), Carmel July 16, 2016 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM Ryan Coulter, NYS DEC 845-256-2204
4
Otsego
W.O.W. (Wear it on the Water) Paddle Fest Gilbert Lake State Park, Laurens July 16, 2016 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM Ro Woodard, NYS Parks 518-408-1028
4
Columbia
Drop In Hudson! Henry Hudson Waterfront Park (Hudson River), Hudson July 20, 2016 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Michelle Vedder-Drew, Columbia Co. Soil & Water Conservation District 518-828-4386
1
Suffolk
Town of Islip Fishing Clinic Sayville Marine Park (Great South Bay), Sayville July 21, 2016 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Bob McCormack, NYS DEC 631-444-0283
2
New York
Lower East Side Ecology Center Fishing Clinic East River Park (NYC Parks), Manhattan July 22, 2016 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Kaitlyn Parkins, Lower East Side Ecology Center 212-477-4022
1
Nassau
Fishing Fun (Pre Registration Required) Hempstead Lake State Park, West Hempstead July 23, 2016 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pam Hunter, NYS Parks 631-581-1072
4
Columbia
Drop In Hudson! Henry Hudson Waterfront Park (Hudson River), Hudson July 27, 2016 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Michelle Vedder-Drew, Columbia Co. Soil & Water Conservation District 518-828-4386
2
Queens
RWA Fishing Clinic Dubo's Point (Jamaica Bay), Queens July 28, 2016
Rain Date- July 29
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM Julianna Schroeger, Rockaway Waterfront Alliance 412-720-8377
1
Suffolk
Free Family Fishing- Fluke/Snapper Captree State Park (Great South Bay-Fire Island Inlet), Babylon July 31, 2016 12:30 PM - 3:00 PM Brenden Rutigliano, Captree Fuel, Bait & Tackle 631-587-3430
2
New York
Lower East Side Ecology Center Fishing Clinic East River Park (NYC Parks), Manhattan July 31, 2016 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM Kaitlyn Parkins, Lower East Side Ecology Center 212-477-4022
4
Columbia
Drop In Hudson! Henry Hudson Waterfront Park (Hudson River), Hudson August 3, 2016 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Michelle Vedder-Drew, Columbia Co. Soil & Water Conservation District 518-828-4386
1
Nassau
Hempstead Lake Summer Fishing Clinic Hempstead Lake State Park, West Hempstead August 6, 2016 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Bob McCormack, NYS DEC 631-444-0283
9
Erie
Tacklin' the Basics Chestnut Ridge Park, Orchard Park August 6, 2016 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM Megan McCulloch, EMPact America 716-435-7873
1
Suffolk
Free Family Crabbing and Snapper Clinic Captree State Park (Great South Bay-Fire Island Inlet), Babylon August 7, 2016 12:30 PM - 3:00 PM Brenden Rutigliano, Captree Fuel, Bait & Tackle 631-587-3430
1
Suffolk
Snapper and Crabbing Clinic Corey Beach Park (Great South Bay), Blue Point August 9, 2016 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Bob McCormack, NYS DEC 631-444-0283
2
New York
Lower East Side Ecology Center Fishing Clinic East River Park (NYC Parks), Manhattan August 10, 2016 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Kaitlyn Parkins, Lower East Side Ecology Center 212-477-4022
4
Columbia
Drop In Hudson! Henry Hudson Waterfront Park (Hudson River), Hudson August 10, 2016 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Michelle Vedder-Drew, Columbia Co. Soil & Water Conservation District 518-828-4386
1
Suffolk
Town of Islip Fishing Clinic West Sayville Boat Basin (Great South Bay), Sayville August 11, 2016 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Bob McCormack, NYS DEC 631-444-0283
7
Cayuga
W.O.W. (Wear it on the Water) Paddle Fest Fair Haven Beach State Park (Sterling Pond), Fair Haven August 13, 2016 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM Ro Woodard, NYS Parks 518-402-1028
4
Delaware
Family Fishing Day Shavertown Bridge- north end and BWS Rd. No. 4 (Pepacton Reservoir), Andes August 14, 2016 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM Tom Baudanza, NYC DEP 845-340-7857
4
Columbia
Drop In Hudson! Henry Hudson Waterfront Park (Hudson River), Hudson August 17, 2016 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Michelle Vedder-Drew, Columbia Co. Soil & Water Conservation District 518-828-4386
1
Suffolk
Riverhead Snapper Clinic Riverfront Park (Peconic River), Riverhead August 24, 2016 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Bob McCormack, NYS DEC 631-444-0283
4
Columbia
Drop In Hudson! Henry Hudson Waterfront Park (Hudson River), Hudson August 24, 2016 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Michelle Vedder-Drew, Columbia Co. Soil & Water Conservation District 518-828-4386
2
New York
Lower East Side Ecology Center Fishing Clinic East River Park (NYC Parks), Manhattan August 27, 2016 2:00 PM - 4:00 Pm Kaitlyn Parkins, Lower East Side Ecology Center 212-477-4022
1
Suffolk
Free Family Fishing- Fluke/Snapper Captree State Park (Great South Bay-Fire Island Inlet), Babylon August 31, 2016 12:30 PM - 3:00 PM Brenden Rutigliano, Captree Fuel, Bait & Tackle 631-587-3430
1
Suffolk
Saladino Marine Expo Captree State Park (Great South Bay), Babylon September 10, 2016 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM Bob McCormack, NYS DEC 631-444-0283
1
Nassau
Family Fall Fishing Festival Hempstead Lake State Park, West Hempstead October 15, 2016 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Bob McCormack, NYS DEC 631-444-0283