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Long Island I FISH NY Out of Class Events

Looking to schedule a fishing trip for your group? I FISH NY offers free educational fishing programs to a variety of community groups. Our most popular clients are scouts, youth groups, and summer camps. For more specific details on what we offer to each group look below.

To set up an event contact the Long Island I FISH NY Program at IfishNY@dec.ny.gov or call us at 631-444-0283.

Lesson Plans

Out of Class lesson plans include:

  • 5 Senses and Fish ID
  • Casting Backyard Bass
  • Fish ID and Lure Art
  • Fish Identification Memory Game
  • Freshwater Fisheries Management
  • Knot Tying
  • Predator Prey
  • Regulations Scavenger Hunt

Scouts

I FISH NY offers free fishing clinics for Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts in grades 3 and up at a local fishing site. Clinics are free except for parking fees for state or local parks and the cost of bait. Please keep in mind that some town parks charge site use fees which are also the responsibility of the troop.

A Typical Event

Each event begins with an education portion lasting 30-45 minutes. Instruction is designed to meet fishing badge requirements.

Topics covered:

  • Fish Identification
  • Fish Anatomy
  • Fishing Regulations
  • Casting Instruction & Safety
  • Stewardship

Following education, participants fish from the shoreline or a pier/dock (1-2 hours). Loaner rods are provided free of charge. Bait cost is covered by the troop. Parents and troop leaders are expected to assist their children during the fishing portion of the event

Two girls fishing at Hempstead Lake

Girl Scouts I FISH NY Fishing Badge:

The I FISH NY fishing badge was designed in collaboration with Nassau County Girl Scouts. Through this patch program, your Girl Scout troop will learn about Long Island's many fresh and saltwater resources as they discover, connect, and take action. NYSDEC Fisheries staff will instruct your troop in the basics: fish identification, fish anatomy, fishing regulations, casting instruction and safety, and stewardship. After education, the troop will fish from the shoreline or a pier/dock. Loaner rods are provided free of charge. Bait cost is paid by the troop.

Patch requirements.

Summer Camps

I FISH NY provides fishing clinics for summer camp facilities free of charge. Campers are instructed in fish identification (saltwater or freshwater), fishing regulations, casting instruction and safety. Following education, campers are invited to try fishing at the site. If the camp does not have access to a fishing site, I FISH NY will meet your group at a fishing location of your choice. See the list of field trip sites provided below. The camp is responsible for bait fees, and any transportation or permit fees.

Train the Trainer:

I FISH NY provides free training programs for summer camp fishing counselors. I FISH NY staff will work with your counselors to go over local fish species, fishing regulations, knot tying, and casting techniques and safety. We also provide counselors with interactive lesson plans and games they can use to instruct campers.

Fishing Trips:

Fishing trips take place on the shoreline or from a pier. If you don't have a specific site in mind, take a look at the list of our usual fishing sites below. Site selection is based upon proximity, time of year, tides, and fish species. In addition to providing rods, bait and tackle, I FISH NY-LI focuses on fishing safety procedures and stewardship practices. Freshwater and saltwater sites for Suffolk and Nassau counties are listed below, but are not limited to the following:

Freshwater Suffolk County sites:

  • Deep Pond, Wading River
  • Lake Ronkonkoma Suffolk County Park, Ronkonkoma
  • Lake Ronkonkoma Town of Brookhaven, Ronkonkoma
  • Belmont Lake State Park, Babylon
  • Willow Pond, Caleb Smith State Park, Smithtown

Saltwater Suffolk County sites:

  • Mattituck Creek Waterway DEC Access Site, Mattituck
  • Smith's Point Suffolk County Park, Shirley
  • Cedar Beach, Town of Brookhaven, Mount Sinai
  • West Meadow Beach, Town of Brookhaven, Stony Brook
  • Mascot Dock, Patchogue Village
  • Corey Beach Town of Brookhaven, Blue Point
  • Captree State Park, Babylon
  • Robert Moses State Park, Babylon

Freshwater Nassau County sites:

  • Brady Park, Massapequa
  • MacDonald Pond, Hempstead Lake State Park, Hempstead
  • Grant Pond Park, Hewlett

Saltwater Nassau County sites:

  • Jones Beach Field 10 Fishing Piers, Wantagh
  • Oyster Bay Western Waterfront DEC Access Site, Oyster Bay

Event Cancelation Policy

Events will be canceled due to heavy rain, wind, or storms. We cannot schedule rain dates in advance. We will try to reschedule the event if our schedule allows. With the exception of weather related cancellations, we ask that any group that needs to cancel or reschedule an event provide us with at least 24 hours notice.


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