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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. February 17-18, 2018, September 22, 2018 and November 11, 2018 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 2018
Region/County Name of Event Location Date/Rain Date Time Contact Contact Phone
2
Queens
Free Fishing Clinics Gantry Plaza State Park (East River), Long Island City Fridays (July 6 - August 24) 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Devin Gorsen, NYS Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation 212-866-2529
1
Suffolk
Town of Islip Fishing Clinics Brookwood Hall Park (Knapp's Lake), East Islip August 9, 2018 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Bob McCormack, NYS DEC 631-444-0280
2
Richmond
Freshkills Park Fishing Clinic
(Pre-Registration required)
Freshkills Park (Arthur Kill), Staten Island August 11, 2018 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Melissa Cohen, NYS DEC 718-482-4022
5
Essex
Family Fishing Clinic Putnam Pond Campground, Ticonderoga August 10, 2018 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Joelle Ernst, NYS DEC 518-402-8891
5
Essex
Family Fishing Clinic Putnam Pond Campground, Ticonderoga August 11, 2018 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Joelle Ernst, NYS DEC 518-402-8891
7
Onondaga
Webster Pond Free Fishing Weekend Webster Pond, Syracuse August 11, 2018 (Rain Date- Aug. 18) 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Chad Norton, Anglers Association of Onondaga 315-727-2922
1
Suffolk
Corey Beach Crabbing and Fishing Clinic Corey Beach (Curtis Road), Blue Point August 15, 2018 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM Bob McCormack, NYS DEC 631-444-0280
4
Columbia
Drop In Hudson! Nutten Hook (Hudson River), Stuyvesant August 15, 2018 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Pamela Price, Columbia County Soil and Water Conservation District 518-267-3313
4
Columbia
Drop In Hudson! Ernest L. Lasher Memorial Park (Hudson River), Germantown August 17, 2018 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM Pamela Price, Columbia County Soil and Water Conservation District 518-267-3313
4
Rensselaer
Learn to Fish Schodack Island State Park (Hudson River), Schodack Landing August 18, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Ashley Drum, NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation 518-732-0187
5
Franklin
Free Fishing Clinic Fish Creek Campground, Saranac Lake August 18, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Joelle Ernst, NYS DEC 518-402-8891
2
Queens
Gantry Plaza Pop-Up Free Fishing Clinic Gantry Plaza (East River), Long Island City August 21, 2018 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Melissa Cohen, NYS DEC 718-482-4022
7
Onondaga
NYS Fair Free Fishing Day NYS Fairgrounds, Syracuse August 23, 2018 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Joelle Ernst, NYS DEC 518-402-8891
7
Onondaga
NYS Fair Free Fishing Day NYS Fairgrounds, Syracuse August 26, 2018 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Joelle Ernst, NYS DEC 518-402-8891
4
Rensselaer
Learn to Fish Schodack Island State Park (Hudson River), Schodack Landing September 1, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Ashley Drum, NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation 518-732-0187
2
Queens
Gantry Plaza Pop-Up Free Fishing Clinic Gantry Plaza (East River), Long Island City September 5, 2018 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Melissa Cohen, NYS DEC 718-482-4022
1
Suffolk
Peconic River Snapper Fishing Clinic Peconic Riverfront Park (Peconic River), Riverhead September 6, 2018 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Bob McCormack, NYS DEC 631-444-0280
1
Suffolk
Fire Island Surfcasting Fishing Clinic Fire Island Wilderness Center (Atlantic Ocean), Smith Point September 15, 2018 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM Bob McCormack, NYS DEC 631-444-0280
2
Bronx
Fishing for Coastal Clean-Up Day Soundview Park (Bronx River), Bronx September 15, 2018 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM Melissa Cohen, NYS DEC 718-482-4022
2
Kings
Free Fishing Clinic North 5th Street Pier (East River), Brooklyn September 18, 2018 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Melissa Cohen, NYS DEC 718-482-4022
2
Kings
Free Fishing Clinic North 5th Street Pier (East River), Brooklyn September 20. 2018 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Melissa Cohen, NYS DEC 718-482-4022
1
Suffolk
Town of Islip "Sea Fest" Bayshore Manor Marine Park (Great South Bay), Bay Shore September 22, 2018 12:00 PM - 4:30 PM Bob McCormack, NYS DEC 631-444-0280
1
New York
Little Red Lighthouse Festival Ft. Washington Park (Hudson River), Manhatten September 29, 2018 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM Melissa Cohen, NYS DEC 718-482-4022
1
Nassau
Fall Family Fishing Festival Hempstead Lake State Park (McDonald Pond), West Hempstead October 20, 2018 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Bob McCormack, NYS DEC 631-444-0280