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Learn to Fish

New York's Free Fishing Weekend is June 28-29, 2014. No license needed!

Fishing licenses are required for most people to fish in New York. Save time and buy your fishing license on-line or learn more about the fishing license requirements.

I FISH NY Program

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Learning to fish brings big smiles!

The I FISH NY Program's primary goal is to increase fishing participation and awareness of the outstanding fishing opportunities in New York State. The fishing education side of the program introduces people to the sport of angling through a variety of different approaches.

I FISH NY Beginners' Guide to Freshwater Fishing

The I FISH NY Beginners' Guide to Freshwater Fishing is a PDF publication that will help you become a better and more knowledgeable angler.

Free Fishing Clinics

List of free fishing clinics where no license is required!

Apply to Conduct a Free Fishing Clinic

Fishing Skills

Fishing basics

Learn about techniques to catch bass, catfish, carp, panfish, trout in streams, and walleye

Where to fish in Lakes and Ponds and Rivers and Streams

Learn about Ice Fishing

Fishing tips and Advice

Taking your child fishing

Catching and Releasing Trout

Weigh your fish with a ruler!

How to fish responsibly


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