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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
Otsego
2015 OCSF Ice Fishing Clinic- CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER CONDITIONS. Look for a potential reschedule in March.
Canadarago Boat Marine Park, Richfield Springs (Canadarago Lake) February 14, 2015 9 AM - 3 PM Pat McBrearty, Otsego Co. Sportsman's Federation 607-293-8880
4
Otsego
Otsego Ice Fishing Clinic
Glimmerglass State Park, Cooperstown (Otsego Lake) February 18, 2015 9 AM - 3 PM Richard Sheckells, NYS OPRHP 607-547-8662
7
Cortland
Ice Fishing Clinic Casterline Pond (DEC fishing access parking area), Homer February 18, 2015 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM Jim Everard, NYS DEC 607-753-3095
5
Washington
Ice Fishing Clinic
Carters Pond Wildlife Management Area, Greenwich
March 7, 2015
9 AM - 2 PM
Steve Gonyeau, NYS DEC
518-537-2104
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
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
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