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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
2
New York
NY Harlem Meer Catch & Release Central Park (Harlem Meer), Manhattan April 1 - November 30, 2016 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Sean Reynolds, Central Park Conservancy 212-860-1370
2
Kings
Prospect Park Audubon Center Fishing Clinics Prospect Park, Brooklyn Thursdays-Sundays, June-November 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Steve Wong, Prospect Park Alliance 718-287-3400
2
New York
LES Ecology Center Free Fishing Clinic East River Park (Esplanade and Grand Street), Manhattan September 16, 2016 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Kaitlyn Parkins, Lower East Side Ecology Center 212-477-4022
2
Bronx
Soundview Park Coastal Clean-Up Soundview Park (East River), South Bronx September 17, 2016 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Melissa Cohen, NYS DEC 718-482-4022
3
Ulster
Free Family Fishing Clinic Woodstock Dike (Ashokan Reservoir), Hurley September 18, 2016 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM Tom Baudanza, NYC DEP 845-340-7857
3
Rockland
National Hunting and Fishing Day Congers Lake Memorial Park, Congers September 24, 2016 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Ryan Coulter, NYS DEC 845-256-2204
2
New York
Sunset Fishing Clinic 70th St. Pier- Riverside Park South (Hudson River), Manhattan September 27, 2016 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM Melissa Cohen, NYS DEC 718-482-4022
2
New York
LES Ecology Center Free Fishing Clinic East River Park (Esplanade and Grand Street), Manhattan October 1, 2016 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM Kaitlyn Parkins, Lower East Side Ecology Center 212-477-4022
3
Ulster
Family Fun and Fish Day (Pre-registration required) Kenneth Wilson State Park, Mt. Tremper October 1, 2016 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM Ryan Coulter, NYS DEC 845-256-2204
3
Rockland
Free Family Fishing Day Piermont Pier (Hudson River), Piermont October 2, 2016 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Ryan Coulter, NYS DEC 845-256-2204
1
Nassau
Family Fall Fishing Festival Hempstead Lake State Park, West Hempstead October 15, 2016 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Bob McCormack, NYS DEC 631-444-0283