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Free Fishing Clinics

Free Sport Fishing Events are fishing programs 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, 2020 free fishing days are as follows: February 15-16 (Presidents Day Weekend), June 27-28 (Free Fishing Weekend), September 26 (National Hunting and Fishing Day) and November 11 (Veterans Day) have also been newly designated as Free Fishing Days. During these days, anyone can fish the fresh waters of NY and no license is required. This table is routinely updated, so check back often for a fishing program near you!

Designated New York Free Fishing Events for 2020
Region/County Name of Event Location Date/Rain Date Time Contact Contact Phone
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Albany
Thompson's Lake Ice Fishing Clinic Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center on Thompson's Lake (Thompson's Lake), Voorheesville January 25, 2020
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Nancy Engel, NYS Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation 518-872-0800
4
Rensselaer
Tomhannock Reservoir Ice Fishing Clinic DEC Angler Parking Lot (Tomhannock Reservoir) February 1, 2020
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Dennis Wischman, NYS DEC 607-652-2652
5
Washington
Winterfest 2020 Lake Lauderdale Park, Cambridge February 1, 2020 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Kathy Jo McIntyre, Washington County 518-746-2400
5
Washington
Carter's Pond Ice Fishing Clinic Carter's Pond Wildlife Management Unit, Greenwich February 16, 2020 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM ECO Stephen Gonyeau, NYS DEC 518-567-2104
4
Otsego
Otsego - Ice Fishing Clinic Glimmerglass State Park (Otsego Lake), Cooperstown February 19, 2020 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Tom Hughes, NYS Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation 315-492-1756
4
Albany
Winter Festival Lawson Lake County Park, Feura Bush February 22, 2020 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM Lauren Sirkin, Albany County, Dept. of Recreation 518-655-7945