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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
2
New York
Harlem Meer Catch and Release Fishing Central Park (Harlem Meer), Manhattan April 11 - October 13, 2015 10 AM - 3 PM (Mon-Sat),
10 AM - 1 PM (Sun)
Sean Reynolds, Central Park Conservancy 212-860-1370
1
Suffolk
Peconic River Snapper Clinic (Pre-registration required) ACCESSIBLE Riverfront Park, Riverhead August 20, 2015 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Bob McCormack, NYS DEC 631-444-0280
1
Suffolk
Saltwater Fishing and Crabbing Clinic (Pre-registration required) ACCESSIBLE Corey Creek Park (Patchogue Bay), Blue Point August 26, 2015 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Ann Ezelius, NYS DEC 631-444-0283
1
Suffolk
Free Saltwater Fishing Clinic Piers at Captree State Park (Fire Island Inlet), Babylon August 30, 2015 6 AM - 7 PM Brenden Rutigliano, Captree Bait Shop 631-587-3430
5
Washington
Free Fishing Clinic- ACCESSIBLE John A. Brooks Memorial Fishing Pier (South Bay- Lake Champlain), Whitehall September 5, 2015 10 AM - 2 PM Joelle Ernst, NYS DEC 518-402-8891
1
Suffolk
Town of Islip Saltwater Fishing Clinic East Islip Marina (Great South Bay), East Islip September 10, 2015 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Bob McCormack, NYS DEC 631-444-0280
1
Suffolk
Free Saltwater Fishing Clinic Piers at Captree State Park (Fire Island Inlet), Babylon September 12, 2015 6 AM - 7 PM Brenden Rutigliano, Captree Bait Shop 631-587-3430
2
Kings
National Multiple Sclerosis Society Free Fishing Clinic ACCESSIBLE North 5th St. Pier Williamsburg, Brooklyn September 16, 2015 10 AM - 2 PM Melissa Cohen, NYS DEC 718-482-4022
3
Ulster
Free Fishing Day- Ashokan Reservoir Route 28 (across from West Hurley Post Office), West Hurley September 19, 2015 9 AM - 2 PM Ryan Coulter, NYS DEC 845-256-2204
3
Dutchess
Science on the River Norrie Point Environmental Center (Hudson River), Staatsburg September 20, 2015 2 PM - 5 PM Ryan Coulter, NYS DEC 845-256-2204
2
New York
Little Red Lighthouse Event Fort Washington Park, Manhattan September 26, 2015 12 PM - 4 PM Melissa Cohen, NYS DEC 718-482-4022
3
Rockland
National Hunting and Fishing Day Congers Lake Memorial Park, Congers September 26, 2015 9 AM - 3 PM Ryan Coulter, NYS DEC 845-256-2204
1
Suffolk
Free Saltwater Fishing Clinic Piers at Captree State Park (Fire Island Inlet), Babylon September 27, 2015 6 AM - 7 PM Brenden Rutigliano, Captree Bait Shop 631-587-3430
1
Suffolk
Free Saltwater Fishing Clinic Piers at Captree State Park (Fire Island Inlet), Babylon October 3, 2015 6 AM - 7 PM Brenden Rutigliano, Captree Bait Shop 631-587-3430
2
Queens
Free Fishing Clinic at Bayswater State Park Bayswater State Park (Jamaica Bay), Far Rockaway October 4, 2015 10 AM - 2 PM Melissa Cohen, NYS DEC 718-482-4022
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