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Free Fishing Clinics

Fishing clinics are considered "Recreation" under Phase Four of the New York Forward directive. Until a region of the state is deemed safe to open under Phase Four, DEC will not be approving applications to conduct a free sportfishing clinic .

Free Sport Fishing Events are fishing programs 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, 2020 free fishing days are as follows: February 15-16 (Presidents Day Weekend), June 27-28 (Free Fishing Weekend), September 26 (National Hunting and Fishing Day) and November 11 (Veterans Day) 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. This table is routinely updated, so check back often for a fishing program near you!

Designated New York Free Fishing Events for 2020
Region/County Name of Event Location Date/Rain Date Time Contact Contact Phone
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Jefferson
CANCELLED Fishing Classes with Spider Rybaak Wellesley Island State Park (MAC Nature Center), Fineview June 20, 2020 11:00 AM - 3:30 PM Gaby Padewska, NYS Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation 315-482-2479
4
Otsego
CANCELLED Father's Day Fishing Clinic Neawha Park (Hodges Pond), Oneonta June 21, 2020 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM Patricia Leitenberger, Dave Brandt Chapter- Trout Unlimited 607-434-6029
6
Jefferson
Fishing Classes with Spider Rybaak Wellesley Island State Park (MAC Nature Center), Fineview July 4, 2020 11:00 AM - 3:30 PM Gaby Padewska, NYS Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation 315-482-2479
6
Jefferson
Fishing Classes with Spider Rybaak Wellesley Island State Park (MAC Nature Center), Fineview August 8, 2020 11:00 AM - 3:30 PM Gaby Padewska, NYS Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation 315-482-2479
7
Onondaga
Webster Pond Free Fishing Clinic Webster Pond, Syracuse August 8, 2020
(Rain Date: August 15)
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Chad Norton, Anglers Association of Onondaga 315-727-2922
6
Jefferson
Fishing Classes with Spider Rybaak Wellesley Island State Park (MAC Nature Center), Fineview September 5, 2020 11:00 AM - 3:30 PM Gaby Padewska, NYS Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation 315-482-2479
6
Jefferson
Fishing Classes with Spider Rybaak Wellesley Island State Park (MAC Nature Center), Fineview October 3, 2020 11:00 AM - 3:30 PM Gaby Padewska, NYS Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation 315-482-2479