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Saturday September 25, 2021

During Free Fishing Days, anyone can fish the fresh waters of New York State and no fishing license is required! 

All other freshwater fishing regulations still apply.

Use NYS Free Fishing Days to:

  • Try fishing for the first time.
  • Haven't fished in a while? Remember the joy of catching a fish again for free!
  • Become an ambassador to the sport; take a friend fishing for the first time.
  • Invite a friend to New York to fish.
  • Take a spouse or significant other fishing.
  • Take the family fishing...and don't forget the grandparents!

9:45 AM
Contact  Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
518-475-0291 or
Location  Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, 56 Game Farm Road Delmar, NY 12054 - Map

Hop on the free Nature Bus in Albany every Saturday to enjoy scenic outdoor walks or programs at Five Rivers and other natural areas in Albany County. Stay for the day or visit multiple locations along the bus route.

Route details, including the schedule and destinations, can be found on CDTA’s website

10:00 AM
Contact  Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
518-475-0291 or
Location  Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, 56 Game Farm Road Delmar, NY 12054 - Map

Double the fun while celebrating one of New York State’s free fishing weekends by joining us for a caregiver and child catch-and-release fishing clinic. Guides will share information about fishing equipment, techniques, regulations, consumption advisories, and good places to fish. Bring gear if you've got it; we have a limited number of rods and reels available for loan. Bait worms provided.

 Space is limited and registration is required.

Please call 518-475-0291 by Wednesday, September 22 to register.
Contact  716-683-5959
Location  Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve & Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Dr. Depew, NY 14043 - Map

In this program, you will build an emergency shelter from natural materials and practice navigation and fire building techniques. For adults and children ages 8 and older.

We welcome those who have any type of physical challenge to all our programs. If you call ahead to let us know your needs, we will be happy to learn how we can serve you.


  • Registration is required for ALL programs unless otherwise indicated; call 716-683-5959 to register. 
  • If you call outside of normal business hours, you will receive a call confirming your registration or waitlist status. PLEASE SPEAK CLEARLY when leaving your name and phone number as our system does not have caller ID. Unless you receive a callback, you are not registered. 
  • Social distancing and mask protocols are subject to change with current COVID guidelines.
  • In case of poor weather, programs may be cancelled.
  • We cannot accommodate organized youth/civic groups at these programs. Please call to make other arrangements.

Contact  Francis McParland / 631-444-0280

Free event hosted mainly by women, for women. New location with emphasis on fly-fishing—arranged by the  FISH NY program of the DEC in cooperation with Connetquot River State Park Preserve. Activities include, Fly-Fishing Clinic, Fly-Casting Instruction, Basic Knot Tying, Fly-tying Demo, Trout Hatchery Tour, Fisheries Management Info., Advanced Fishing info., and much more. 

Where: Connetquot River State Park Preserve,  North Great River/Oakdale

How: Pre-Registration is required - call 631-444-0280 or email with the subject title “Women’s Fishing Expo”

Cost: $8 parking fee / Free with Empire Pass

LegendFive Rivers Recreation and Families Reinstein Woods

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