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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
2
New York
Harlem Meer Catch and Release Fishing Central Park (Harlem Meer), Manhattan April 11 - October 13, 2015 10 AM - 3 PM (Mon-Sat),
10 AM - 1 PM (Sun)
Sean Reynolds, Central Park Conservancy 212-860-1370
1
Suffolk
Free Saltwater Fishing Clinic Piers at Captree State Park (Fire Island Inlet), Babylon July 18, 2015 6 AM - 7 PM Brenden Rutigliano, Captree Bait Shop 631-587-3430
2
New York
City of Water Day Governor's Island, Manhattan July 18, 2015 10 AM - 4 PM Melissa Cohen, NYS DEC 718-482-4022
9
Erie
Tacklin' the Basics: Free Fishing Clinic Chestnut Ridge Park, Orchard Park July 18, 2015 8 AM - 1 PM Megan McCulloch, EMPact America 716-435-7873
2
Kings
NY Macy's Fishing Clinic Prospect Park Lake, Brooklyn July 18 & 19, 2015 12 PM - 5 PM Eve Schwartz, Prospect Park Alliance 718-287-3400
4
Schenectady
Steinmetz Family Fun Day Steinmetz Park, Schenectady July 25, 2015 12 PM - 3 PM Joelle Ernst, NYS DEC 518-402-8891
1
Suffolk
Free Saltwater Fishing Clinic Piers at Captree State Park (Fire Island Inlet), Babylon July 26, 2015 6 AM - 7 PM Brenden Rutigliano, Captree Bait Shop 631-587-3430
2
Kings
NY Macy's Fishing Clinic Prospect Park Lake, Brooklyn July 25 & 26, 2015
12 PM - 5 PM Eve Schwartz, Prospect Park Alliance 718-287-3400
1
Suffolk
Town of Islip Saltwater Fishing Clinic Bayshore Marina (Great South Bay), Bayshore July 30, 2015 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Bob McCormack, NYS DEC 631-444-0280
1
Nassau
Summer Family Fishing Festival (Pre-registration required) ACCESSIBLE Hempstead Lake State Park (MacDonald Pond), Hempstead August 1, 2015 10 AM - 2 PM Bob McCormack, NYS DEC 631-444-0280
1
Suffolk
Free Saltwater Fishing Clinic Piers at Captree State Park (Fire Island Inlet), Babylon August 8, 2015 6 AM - 7 PM Brenden Rutigliano, Captree Bait Shop 631-587-3430
1
Suffolk
Town of Islip Saltwater Fishing Clinic Sayville Marina (Great South Bay), Sayville August 13, 2015 5:30 AM - 7:30 PM Bob McCormack, NYS DEC 631-444-0280
1
Suffolk
Peconic River Snapper Clinic (Pre-registration required) ACCESSIBLE 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 (Pre-registration required) ACCESSIBLE Corey Creek Park (Patchogue Bay), Blue Point August 26, 2015 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Ann Ezelius, NYS DEC 631-444-0283
1
Suffolk
Free Saltwater Fishing Clinic Piers at Captree State Park (Fire Island Inlet), Babylon August 30, 2015 6 AM - 7 PM Brenden Rutigliano, Captree Bait Shop 631-587-3430
5
Washington
Free Fishing Clinic- ACCESSIBLE John A. Brooks Memorial Fishing Pier (South Bay- Lake Champlain), Whitehall September 5, 2015 10 AM - 2 PM Joelle Ernst, NYS DEC 518-402-8891
1
Suffolk
Town of Islip Saltwater Fishing Clinic East Islip Marina (Great South Bay), East Islip September 10, 2015 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Bob McCormack, NYS DEC 631-444-0280
1
Suffolk
Free Saltwater Fishing Clinic Piers at Captree State Park (Fire Island Inlet), Babylon September 12, 2015 6 AM - 7 PM Brenden Rutigliano, Captree Bait Shop 631-587-3430
2
Kings
National Multiple Sclerosis Society Free Fishing Clinic ACCESSIBLE North 5th St. Pier Williamsburg, Brooklyn September 16, 2015 10 AM - 2 PM Melissa Cohen, NYS DEC 718-482-4022
2
New York
Little Red Lighthouse Event Fort Washington Park, Manhattan September 26, 2015 12 PM - 4 PM Melissa Cohen, NYS DEC 718-482-4022
1
Suffolk
Free Saltwater Fishing Clinic Piers at Captree State Park (Fire Island Inlet), Babylon September 27, 2015 6 AM - 7 PM Brenden Rutigliano, Captree Bait Shop 631-587-3430
1
Suffolk
Free Saltwater Fishing Clinic Piers at Captree State Park (Fire Island Inlet), Babylon October 3, 2015 6 AM - 7 PM Brenden Rutigliano, Captree Bait Shop 631-587-3430
2
Queens
Free Fishing Clinic at Bayswater State Park Bayswater State Park (Jamaica Bay), Far Rockaway October 4, 2015 10 AM - 2 PM Melissa Cohen, NYS DEC 718-482-4022
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