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Sunday February 19, 2023
Contact  Bureau of Fisheries

DEC designates several dates throughout the year as free fishing days, which allows anyone to recreationally fish without a fishing license in New York State! Saturday, February 18 and Sunday, February 19, 2023 are designated free fishing days for President's Day weekend. This offers the perfect opportunity to try out fishing for the first time, for getting back into the sport after taking a break, or for taking a friend or the whole family along to fish!

Even though a license is not needed, all fishing regulations apply. As a result, be sure to familiarize yourself with the Freshwater Fishing Regulations or Saltwater Fishing Regulations prior to venturing out.

Don't forget to download and use the Tacklebox feature in DEC's HuntFishNY mobile app to find places to fish, including boat launches and parking areas, as well as freshwater fishing regulations, likely fish species, and stocking information per waterbody!
Contact  Region 5 Headquarters

Enjoy winter recreation and exclusive winter access to the preserved buildings of Camp Santanoni. Embark on a 9.8-mile round trip cross-country ski or snowshoe along Newcomb Lake Road from the Gate Lodge Complex to the lakeside Main Camp Complex. Visit both the Gate Lodge and Main Lodge of Camp Santanoni, take interpretive tours with Adirondack Architectural Heritage (AARCH) volunteers, and warm up in the Artist's Studio. The SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry's (SUNY ESF) Adirondack Interpretive Center (AIC) provides snowshoes free of charge to visitors at the Gate Lodge. These events are hosted by DEC, AARCH, the town of Newcomb, and the SUNY ESF AIC.

Camp Santanoni Historic Area: 58 Newcomb Lake Rd, Newcomb, NY 12852

9:00 AM
Contact  Lt. Steve Gonyeau, NYS DEC Region 5
(518) 567-2104

*This event was canceled due to unsafe ice conditions.*

Participate in a free Beginner's Ice Fishing Clinic co-hosted by NYS DEC and the Washington County Federation of Sportsmen at Carters Pond Wildlife Management Area in the Town of Greenwich, Washington County on Saturday, February 19 from 9 AM - 2 PM. In addition to casting a rod and catching fish, participants can learn about fish identification, ice fishing equipment and techniques, fisheries management, angling ethics, aquatic ecology, and more!

Location/Address: Carters Pond Wildlife Management Area, 532-540 County Rte 40, Greenwich, NY 12865

Visit the Free Learn to Fish Clinics page for more information and other upcoming events near you.

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