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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 28-29, 2014, 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 2014
Region/County Name of Event Location Date/rain date Time Contact Contact Phone
4
Albany
Family Fishing Clinic Six Mile Waterworks (Rensselaer Lake), Albany April 14 - April 18 10 AM - 2 PM Joelle Ernst, NYS DEC 518-402-8891
8
Monroe
DEC Region 8 Earth Day Event Black Creek Fishing Access Site, Rochester April 23, 2014 9:30 AM - 1 PM Webster Pearsall, NYS DEC 585-226-5339
3
Dutchess
Fishing the River Norrie Point Environmental Ed. Center (Hudson River), Staatsburg April 26, 2014 10 AM - 1 PM Ryan Coulter, NYS DEC 845-256-2204
2
Kings
Earth Day at Prospect Park Lake Prospect Park Lake Audubon Center, Brooklyn April 27, 2014 12 PM - 4 PM Melissa Cohen, NYS DEC 718-482-4022
3
Ulster
Free Fishing Day @ SUNY New Paltz SUNY New Paltz (large lower pond), New Paltz May 3, 2014 1 PM - 4 PM Ryan Coulter, NYS DEC 845-256-2204
8
Livingston
Learn to Fish Clinic Vitale Park (Conesus Lake), Lakeville May 10, 2014 9 AM - 1 PM Matt Sanderson, Chip Holt Nature Center 585-243-1904
3
Dutchess
Fishing the River Norrie Point Environmental Ed. Center (Hudson River), Staatsburg May 17, 2014 1 PM - 4 PM Ryan Coulter, NYS DEC 845-256-2204
4
Albany
Lupine Festival Sixmile Waterworks (Rensselaer Lake), Albany May 17, 2014 10 AM - 4 PM Chris Hawver, Albany Pine Bush Preserve 518-456-0655
6
Jefferson
Fort Drum Free Fishing Day Fort Drum (Remington Pond), Fort Drum May 17, 2014 12 PM - 4 PM Raymond Rainbolt, Fort Drum 315-772-9636
7
Chenango
6th Annual Fishing Heritage Day South Otselic Fish Hatchery, South Otselic May 17, 2014 9 AM - 11:30 AM
12:30 PM - 3 PM
Jim Everard, NYS DEC 607-753-3095
3
Orange
Free Family Fishing Day Chadwick Lake State Park, Newburgh May 18, 2014 9 AM - 1 PM Ryan Coulter, NYS DEC 845-256-2204
3
Dutchess
Free Family Fishing Day Greenfields Park, Hyde Park June 8, 2014 9 AM - 1 PM Ryan Coulter, NYS DEC 845-256-2204
1
Suffolk
Deep Pond Fishing Clinic Schiff Scout Reservation, Wading River June 14, 2014 10 AM - 2 PM Ann Ezelius, NYS DEC 631-444-0283
3
Dutchess
Fishing the River Norrie Point Environmental Ed. Center (Hudson River), Staatsburg June 14, 2014 1 PM - 4 PM Ryan Coulter, NYS DEC 845-256-2204
4
Otsego
Father's Day Fishing Clinic Neawha Park (Hodges Pond), Oneonta June 15, 2014 12 PM - 3 PM David Krupa, Dave Brandt Chapter of Trout Unlimited 607-643-2004
8
Monroe
Free Fishing Day Hamlin Beach State Park (Howden Pond), Hamlin June 28, 2014 10 AM - 2 PM Joshua Payette, NYS OPRHP, Hamlin Beach State Park 315-374-8552
3
Westchester
Free Family Fishing Day Rockefeller State Park (Swan Lake), Sleepy Hollow June 29, 2014 10 AM - 3 PM Ryan Coulter, NYS DEC 845-256-2204
1
Suffolk
Lakeside Fishing Clinic Town of Brookhaven Beach, Lake Ronkonkoma July 9, 2014 6 PM - Sunset Ann Ezelius, NYS DEC 631-444-0283
2
Bronx
Fishing Clinic with "Rocking the Boat" Hunt's Point Landing (East River), Bronx July 12, 2014 12 PM - 5 PM Melissa Cohen, NYS DEC 718-482-4022
1
Nassau
Summer Family Fishing Clinic Hempstead Lake State Park (MacDonald Pond), Hempstead August 2, 2014 10 AM - 2 PM Chart Guthrie, NYS DEC 631-444-0280
1
Suffolk
Saltwater Family Fishing Clinic Peconic Riverfront Park, Riverhead August 18, 2014 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Ann Ezelius, NYS DEC 631-444-0283
1
Suffolk
Saltwater Family Fishing Clinic Corey Creek Town Park (Patchogue Bay), Blue Point August 21, 2014 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Ann Ezelius, NYS DEC 631-444-0283
2
Kings
Fishing Clinic w/MS Society NYC/Southern NY Chapter North 5th St. Pier (East River), Williamsburg September 10, 2014 11 AM - 1 PM Melissa Cohen, NYS DEC 718-482-4022
1
Nassau
Fall Family Fishing Festival Hempstead Lake State Park (MacDonald Pond), Hempstead October 18, 2014 10 AM - 4 PM Chart Guthrie, NYS DEC 631-444-0280