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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 23-24, 2018 is Free Fishing Weekend in NY. November 11, 2017 and February 17-18, 2018 and 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!


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
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
2
Kings
Pop-Up Snapper Fishing Clinic North 5th Street Pier (East River), Brooklyn October 2, 2017 3:30 PM - 6:30 PM Melissa Cohen, NYS DEC 718-482-4022
2
New York
Little Red Lighthouse Festival Ft. Washington Park near lighthouse (Hudson River) October 7, 2017 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM Melissa Cohen, NYS DEC 718-482-4022
2
Richmond
Stapleton Waterfront Festival Stapleton Waterfront Park (at Urby esplanade), Staten Island October 7, 2017 (Rain Date- Oct. 8) 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM Margaret Flanagan, Waterfront Alliance 718-482-3975
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
2
Bronx
Concrete Plant Park Fishing Clinic Concrete Plant Park- Westchester Ave./Bruckner Expy (Bronx River), Bronx October 21, 2017 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM Melissa Cohen, NYS DEC 718-482-4022