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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
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
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
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
Williamsburg Free Fishing Clinic North 5th Street Pier, Williamsburg (Brooklyn) October 25, 2016 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM Melissa Cohen, NYS DEC 718-482-4022