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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 25-26, 2016, is Free Fishing Weekend in NY. February 13-14, 2016 and November 11, 2016 have also been newly designated as Free Fishing Days. During these days, anyone can fish the fresh or marine waters of NY and no license is required!

Designated New York Free Fishing Events for 2016
Region/County Name of Event Location Date/rain date Time Contact Contact Phone
4
Otsego
2016 Canadarago Lake Ice Fishing Clinic
OPRHP Marine Park (boat ramp area off Route 28), Richfield
January 30, 2016 (Rain date- February 6)
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Pat McBrearty, Otsego County Sportsman's Federation
607-293-8880
1
Suffolk
Lake Ronkonkoma Ice Fishing Clinic Brookhaven Town Beach Park, Brookhaven February 6, 2016 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM Bob McCormack, NYS DEC 631-444-0283
5
Washington
Winterfest 2016
Lake Lauderdale State Park, Cambridge
February 6, 2016
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Kathy Jo McIntyre, Washington County (Public Health)
518-746-2415
7
Madison
Cazenovia Lake Ice Fishing Clinic
DOT parking area (Route 20), Cazenovia
CANCELED- UNSAFE ICE CONDITIONS
February 6, 2016
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Jim Everard, NYS DEC
607-753-3095
7
Cortland
Tully Lake Ice Fishing Outing & Clinic
(Reservations Recommended)
Tully Lake, DEC Fishing Fishing Access Site (Friendly Shores Road), Tully
CANCELED- UNSAFE ICE CONDITIONS
February 14, 2016
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Cheryl Matt, CNY Izaak Walton League
win@federationofsportsmen.com
7
Cortland
Casterline Pond Ice Fishing Clinic
DEC Fishing Access parking area (Route 11), Homer
February 16, 2016
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Jim Everard, NYS DEC
607-753-3095
4
Otsego
7th Annual Ice Fishing Clinic
Glimmerglass State Park or Canadarago Lake (alternate)
February 17, 2016 (Rain date- February 18)
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tom Hughes, OPRHP
315-492-1756
3
Putnam
Lake Gleneida Ice Fishing Clinic
Village of Carmel- along Routes 52 & 6
February 20, 2016 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Thomas Baudanza, NYC DEP
845-340-7857
5
Washington
Carters Pond Ice Fishing Clinic
Carters Pond Wildlife Management Area (WMA), Greenwich
March 5, 2016
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Steve Gonyeau, NYS Conservation Officers Association
518-567-2104
4
Otsego
W.O.W. (Wear it on the Water) Paddle Fest Gilbert Lake State Park, Laurens July 16, 2016 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM Ro Woodard, NYS Parks 518-408-1028
7
Cayuga
W.O.W. (Wear it on the Water) Paddle Fest Fair Haven Beach State Park (Sterling Pond), Fair Haven August 13, 2016 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM Ro Woodard, NYS Parks 518-402-1028