D E C banner
D E C banner

Disclaimer

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has added a link to a translation service developed by Microsoft Inc., entitled Bing Translator, as a convenience to visitors to the DEC website who speak languages other than English.

Additional information can be found at DEC's Language Assistance Page.

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 28-29, 2014, 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 2014
Region/County Name of Event Location Date/rain date Time Contact Contact Phone
1
Nassau
Summer Family Fishing Clinic
(Pre-registration required)
Hempstead Lake State Park (MacDonald Pond), Hempstead August 2, 2014 10 AM - 2 PM Chart Guthrie, NYS DEC 631-444-0280
1
Suffolk
Free Family Snapper Fishing Clinic Captree State Park (Great South Bay), Bayshore August 2, 2014 6 AM - 7 PM Brenden Rutiguano, Captree Fuel, Bait & Tackle 631-587-3430
2
New York
Lower East Side Ecology Center Fishing Clinic
(Pre-registration recommended)
Pier 42, East River Bikeway at Jackson Street, Manhattan
August 2, 2014
12 PM - 2 PM
Daniel Tainow, Lower East Side Ecology Center
212-477-4022
3
Rockland
Great Hudson Estuary Fish Count
Piermont Pier (Hudson River), Piermont
August 2, 2014
11 AM - 1 PM
Nicole Laible, NYS DEC
845-256-3875
2
Richmond
Free Fishing Clinic with the National Park Service
Ft. Wadsworth under Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, Staten Island
August 3, 2014
2 PM - 5 PM
Melissa Cohen, NYS DEC
718-482-4022
2
Queens
Baisley Pond Fishing Clinic Baisley Pond Park, Jamaica, Queens August 6, 2014 10 AM - 1 PM Melissa Cohen, NYS DEC 718-482-4022
5
Franklin
Free Sportfishing Clinic
DEC Fish Creek Campground (Fish Creek Pond), Saranac Lake
August 8, 2014
2 PM - 4 PM
Joelle Ernst, NYS DEC
518-402-8891
1
Suffolk
Saltwater Family Fishing Clinic
(Pre-registration required)
Peconic Riverfront Park, Riverhead August 18, 2014 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Ann Ezelius, NYS DEC 631-444-0283
1
Suffolk
Saltwater Family Fishing Clinic
(Pre-registration required)
Corey Creek Town Park (Patchogue Bay), Blue Point August 21, 2014 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Ann Ezelius, NYS DEC 631-444-0283
2
New York
Lower East Side Ecology Center Fishing Clinic
(Pre-registration recommended)
East River Park Fire Boat House at Grand Street, Manhattan
August 22, 2014
5 PM - 7 PM
Daniel Tainow, Lower East Side Ecology Center
212-477-4022
1
Suffolk
"Last Chance Before School Starts" Free Fishing Clinic Captree State Park (Great South Bay), Bayshore August 30, 2014 6 AM - 7 PM Brenden Rutiguano, Captree Fuel, Bait & Tackle 631-587-3430
2
Kings
Fishing Clinic w/MS Society NYC/Southern NY Chapter North 5th St. Pier (East River), Williamsburg September 10, 2014 11 AM - 1 PM Melissa Cohen, NYS DEC 718-482-4022
2
New York
Lower East Side Ecology Center Fishing Clinic
(Pre-registration recommended)
Solar 1 (in Stuyvesant Cove Park), East 20th St and the East River, Manhattan
September 13, 2014
11 AM - 1 PM
Daniel Tainow, Lower East Side Ecology Center
212-477-4022
2
Kings
Prospect Park Fishing Clinic
Prospect Park lakeside near Audubon Center, Brooklyn
September 20, 2014
10 AM - 2 PM
Melissa Cohen, NYS DEC
718-482-4022
3
Ulster
Family Fishing Day at the Ashokan Reservoir
Woodstock Dike on the Ashokan Reservoir, West Hurley
September 21, 2014
9 AM - 2 PM
Ryan Coulter, NYS DEC
845-256-2204
3
Rockland
National Hunting and Fishing Day
Congers Lake Memorial Park, Congers
September 27, 2014
9 AM - 3 PM
Ryan Coulter, NYS DEC
845-256-2204
2
New York
Little Red Lighthouse Festival Little Red Lighthouse (Hudson River), Ft. Washington Park, Manhattan October 11, 2014 12 PM - 4 PM Melissa Cohen, NYS DEC 718-482-4022
1
Nassau
Fall Family Fishing Festival Hempstead Lake State Park (MacDonald Pond), Hempstead October 18, 2014 10 AM - 4 PM Chart Guthrie, NYS DEC

631-444-0280