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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 27-28, 2015, 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 2015
Region/County Name of Event Location Date/rain date Time Contact Contact Phone
4
Albany
Family Fishing Clinics Six Mile Waterworks (Rensselaer Lake), Albany April 6, 2015 - April 10, 2015 10 AM - 2 PM Joelle Ernst, NYS DEC 518-402-8891
1
Suffolk
Spring Family Fishing Festival Belmont Lake State Park, West Babylon April 11, 2015 10 AM - 4 PM Bob McCormack, NYS DEC 631-444-0280
3
Dutchess
Fishing the River Norrie Point Environmental Center (Hudson River), Staatsburg April 18, 2015 12 PM - 3 PM Ryan Coulter, NYS DEC 845-256-2204
3
Dutchess
Free Fishing Fishing Day Greensfield Park Pond, Hyde Park April 25, 2015 9 AM - 1 PM Ryan Coulter, NYS DEC 845-256-2204
4
Rensselaer
Free Family Fishing Day East Greenbush Town Park, East Greenbush April 25, 2015 10 AM - 2 PM Joelle Ernst, NYS DEC 518-402-8891
3
Dutchess
Free Family Fishing Day Overlook Park, Poughkeepsie May 2, 2015 9 AM - 1 PM Ryan Coulter, NYS DEC 845-256-2204
3
Orange
Free Family Fishing Day Chadwick Lake Park, Newburgh May 16, 2015 9 AM - 1 PM Ryan Coulter, NYS DEC 845-256-2204
3
Dutchess
Fishing the River Norrie Point Environmental Center (Hudson River), Staatsburg May 17, 2015 12 PM - 3 PM Ryan Coulter, NYS DEC 845-256-2204
1
Suffolk
Lakeside Fishing Clinic (Pre-registration required) Town of Brookhaven beach, Ronkonkoma July 15, 2015 6 PM - 8:30 PM Ann Ezelius, NYS DEC 631-444-0283
4
Otsego
Father's Day Fishing Clinic Neahwa Park Pond, Oneonta June 21, 2015 9 AM - 4 PM David Krupa, Trout Unlimited- Dave Brandt Chapter 607-643-2004
1
Nassau
Summer Family Fishing Festival Hempstead Lake State Park (MacDonald Pond), Hempstead August 1, 2015 10 AM - 2 PM Bob McCormack, NYS DEC 631-444-0280
1
Suffolk
Peconic River Snapper Clinic Riverfront Park, Riverhead August 20, 2015 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Bob McCormack, NYS DEC 631-444-0280
1
Suffolk
Saltwater Fishing and Crabbing Clinic Corey Creek Park (Patchogue Bay), Blue Point August 26, 2015 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Ann Ezelius, NYS DEC 631-444-0283
1
Nassau
Fall Family Fishing Festival Hempstead Lake State Park (MacDonald Pond), Hempstead October 17, 2015 10 AM - 4 PM Bob McCormack , NYS DEC 631-444-0280