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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
1
Suffolk
Town of Islip Fishing Clinic Sayville Marine Park (Great South Bay), Sayville July 21, 2016 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Bob McCormack, NYS DEC 631-444-0283
2
New York
Lower East Side Ecology Center Fishing Clinic East River Park (NYC Parks), Manhattan July 22, 2016 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Kaitlyn Parkins, Lower East Side Ecology Center 212-477-4022
1
Nassau
Fishing Fun (Pre Registration Required) Hempstead Lake State Park, West Hempstead July 23, 2016 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pam Hunter, NYS Parks 631-581-1072
4
Schenectady
2nd Annual Steinmetz Park Family Fun Day Steinmetz Park, Schenectady July 23, 2016 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM Joelle Ernst, NYS DEC 518-402-8891
4
Columbia
Drop In Hudson! Henry Hudson Waterfront Park (Hudson River), Hudson July 27, 2016 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Michelle Vedder-Drew, Columbia Co. Soil & Water Conservation District 518-828-4386
2
Queens
RWA Fishing Clinic Dubo's Point (Jamaica Bay), Queens July 28, 2016
Rain Date- July 29
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM Julianna Schroeger, Rockaway Waterfront Alliance 412-720-8377
8
Livingston
Village of Caledonia 125th Birthday Celebration Tennet Creek, (Pioneer Road) Caledonia July 30, 2016 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM Debbie Davis, Village of Caledonia 585-538-6565
1
Suffolk
Free Family Fishing- Fluke/Snapper Captree State Park (Great South Bay-Fire Island Inlet), Babylon July 31, 2016 12:30 PM - 3:00 PM Brenden Rutigliano, Captree Fuel, Bait & Tackle 631-587-3430
2
New York
Lower East Side Ecology Center Fishing Clinic East River Park (NYC Parks), Manhattan July 31, 2016 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM Kaitlyn Parkins, Lower East Side Ecology Center 212-477-4022
4
Columbia
Drop In Hudson! Henry Hudson Waterfront Park (Hudson River), Hudson August 3, 2016 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Michelle Vedder-Drew, Columbia Co. Soil & Water Conservation District 518-828-4386
1
Nassau
Hempstead Lake Summer Fishing Clinic Hempstead Lake State Park, West Hempstead August 6, 2016 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Bob McCormack, NYS DEC 631-444-0283
9
Erie
Tacklin' the Basics Chestnut Ridge Park, Orchard Park August 6, 2016 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM Megan McCulloch, EMPact America 716-435-7873
1
Suffolk
Free Family Crabbing and Snapper Clinic Captree State Park (Great South Bay-Fire Island Inlet), Babylon August 7, 2016 12:30 PM - 3:00 PM Brenden Rutigliano, Captree Fuel, Bait & Tackle 631-587-3430
1
Suffolk
Snapper and Crabbing Clinic Corey Beach Park (Great South Bay), Blue Point August 9, 2016 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Bob McCormack, NYS DEC 631-444-0283
2
New York
Lower East Side Ecology Center Fishing Clinic East River Park (NYC Parks), Manhattan August 10, 2016 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Kaitlyn Parkins, Lower East Side Ecology Center 212-477-4022
4
Columbia
Drop In Hudson! Henry Hudson Waterfront Park (Hudson River), Hudson August 10, 2016 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Michelle Vedder-Drew, Columbia Co. Soil & Water Conservation District 518-828-4386
1
Suffolk
Town of Islip Fishing Clinic West Sayville Boat Basin (Great South Bay), Sayville August 11, 2016 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Bob McCormack, NYS DEC 631-444-0283
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
4
Delaware
Family Fishing Day Shavertown Bridge- north end and BWS Rd. No. 4 (Pepacton Reservoir), Andes August 14, 2016 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM Tom Baudanza, NYC DEP 845-340-7857
4
Columbia
Drop In Hudson! Henry Hudson Waterfront Park (Hudson River), Hudson August 17, 2016 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Michelle Vedder-Drew, Columbia Co. Soil & Water Conservation District 518-828-4386
1
Suffolk
Riverhead Snapper Clinic Riverfront Park (Peconic River), Riverhead August 24, 2016 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Bob McCormack, NYS DEC 631-444-0283
4
Columbia
Drop In Hudson! Henry Hudson Waterfront Park (Hudson River), Hudson August 24, 2016 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Michelle Vedder-Drew, Columbia Co. Soil & Water Conservation District 518-828-4386
2
New York
Lower East Side Ecology Center Fishing Clinic East River Park (NYC Parks), Manhattan August 27, 2016 2:00 PM - 4:00 Pm Kaitlyn Parkins, Lower East Side Ecology Center 212-477-4022
1
Suffolk
Free Family Fishing- Fluke/Snapper Captree State Park (Great South Bay-Fire Island Inlet), Babylon August 31, 2016 12:30 PM - 3:00 PM Brenden Rutigliano, Captree Fuel, Bait & Tackle 631-587-3430
1
Suffolk
Saladino Marine Expo Captree State Park (Great South Bay), Babylon September 10, 2016 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM Bob McCormack, NYS DEC 631-444-0283
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