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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, 2019 free fishing days are as follows: February 16-17 (Presidents Day Weekend), June 29-30 (Free Fishing Weekend), September 28 (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 2019
Region/County Name of Event Location Date/Rain Date Time Contact Contact Phone
2
New York
Harlem Meer Catch and Release Fishing Charles A. Dana Discovery Center, Central Park Year-round 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Sean Reynolds, Central Park Conservancy 646-634-9776
6
St. Lawrence
20th Annual "Ted Kot" Youth Fishing Day (Pre-Registration encouraged) Wilson Hill Boat Launch & Causeway (St. Lawrence River), Massena May 12, 2019
Rain Date: June 1
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Mike McCabe, Massena Joint Recreation Commission 315-769-3161
2
Queens
Fishing Clinic Gantry Plaza State Park (East River), Long Island City May 23, 2019 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM Devin Gorsen, NYS Parks & Recreation 646-455-7283
3
Dutchess
Fishing the River Norrie Point Environmental Center (Hudson River), Staatsburg May 24, 2019 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM Ryan Coulter, NYS DEC 845-256-2204
9
Wyoming
Free Learn to Catch a Fish and Kid's Conservation Day Clinic Letchworth State Park, Castile May 25, 2019 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM Douglas Kelly, NYS Parks & Recreation 585-493-3605
2
New York
"Off the Hook" Fishing Experience Hudson River Park - Pier 84, Manhattan May 31, 2019 2:00 PM - 8:00 PM Keith Negrin, Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation 612-305-6357
1
Suffolk
Captree Tackle's Fluke Clinic Captree Fuel, Bait & Tackle (Captree State Park), Babylon June 1, 2019
Rain Date- June 2
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM Brenden Rutigliano, Captree Fuel, Bait & Tackle 631-587-3430
2
New York
"Off the Hook" Fishing Experience Hudson River Park - Pier 84, Manhattan June 1, 2019 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM Keith Negrin, Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation 612-305-6357
2
Queens
World Science Festival Fish Count Gantry Plaza State Park, Pier 4 (East River), Long Island City June 1, 2019 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM Melissa Cohen, NYS DEC 718-482-4022
6
Oneida
Sauquoit Creek Fishing Clinic Washington Mills Athletic Park, Washington Mills June 1, 2019 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM Dave Erway, NYS DEC 315-793-2556

7
Onondaga

15th Annual Carpenter's Brook Fishing Clinic Carpenter's Brook Fish Hatchery, Route 321, Elbridge June 1, 2019 9:30 AM-12:30 PM Jim Everard, NYS DEC 315-753-3095
9
Chautauqua
Take A Kid Fishing Dunkirk Harbor Conservation Club (Lake Erie), Dunkirk June 1, 2019 7:00 AM - 1:00 PM Zen Olow, Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club 716-640-2776
2
New York
"Off the Hook" Fishing Experience Hudson River Park - Pier 84, Manhattan June 2, 2019 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM Keith Negrin, Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation 612-305-6357
1
Nassau
Outdoors Day 2019 Hempstead Lake State Park, West Hempstead June 8, 2019 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Walter Burak, NYS DEC 631-444-0283
2
Richmond
Outdoors Day 2019 Mt. Loretto Unique Area, Staten Island June 8, 2019 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM Melissa Cohen, NYS DEC 718-482-4022
3
Ulster
Outdoors Day 2019 Kenneth L. Wilson Campground, Mt. Tremper June 8, 2019 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM Ryan Coulter, NYS DEC 845-256-2204
4
Albany
Outdoors Day 2019 Lawson Lake County Park, Feura Bush June 8, 2019 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM Joelle Ernst, NYS DEC 518-402-8891
5
Fulton
Outdoors Day 2019 Northampton Beach Campground, Mayfield June 8, 2019 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM Joelle Ernst, NYS DEC 518-402-8891
6
Lewis
Outdoors Day 2019 DEC Lowville Office, Lowville June 8, 2019 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM Dave Erway, NYS DEC 315-793-2556
7
Chenango
Outdoors Day 2019 Rogers Environmental Education Center, Sherburne June 8, 2019 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM Jim Everard, NYS DEC 607-753-3095
9
Chautauqua
Great Lakes Experience Memorial Park (Lake Erie), Dunkirk June 8, 2019 7:00 AM - 1:00 PM Zen Olow, Great Lakes Experience 716-640-2776
9
Erie
Teach-Me-To-Fish Clinic Tifft Nature Preserve, Buffalo June 8, 2019 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM Michael Todd, NYS DEC 716-851-7010
2
Kings
Rod and Reel Fishing Clinic Brooklyn Bridge Park- Pier 5 (East River), Brooklyn June 16, 2019 7:00 PM - 8:45 PM Lhana Ormenyi, Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy 718-412-0934
4
Otsego
Father's Day Fishing Clinic Neahwa Park, Oneonta June 16, 2019 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM David Plummer, Dave Brandt Chapter- Trout Unlimited 607-563-1978
8
Livingston
Chip Holt Nature Center Free Fishing Clinic Vitale Park (Conesus Lake), Lakeville June 22, 2019 9:00 AM -12:00 PM Matthew Sanderson, Chip Holt Nature Center 585-243-1904

1
Suffolk

Town of Islip Public Freshwater Fishing Clinic Knapps Lake at Brookwood Hall, East Islip June 27, 2019 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Town of Islip Parks and Recreation 631-224-5430
4
Columbia
Drop in Hudson! Nutten Hook (Hudson River), Stuyvesant June 28, 2019 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pamela Price, Columbia County SWCD 518-267-3313
2
New York
Harlem Piers Free Fishing Clinic 125th St and Hudson River, Manhattan June 29, 2019 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM Melissa Cohen, NYS DEC 718-482-4022
3
Orange
Sterling Forest State Park Fishing Clinic Sterling Forest State Park (Sterling Lake), Tuxedo June 29, 2019 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM Michael McElroy, NYS Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation 845-351-5907
4
Rensselaer
Family Fishing Clinic Grafton Lakes State Park (Long Pond), Grafton June 29, 2019 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM Joelle Ernst, NYS DEC 518-402-8891
4
Columbia
Drop in Hudson! Nutten Hook (Hudson River), Stuyvesant July 5, 2019 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pamela Price, Columbia County SWCD 518-267-3313
1
Suffolk
Town of Brookhaven Summer Family Fishing Clinic Lt. Michael P. Murphy Memorial Park (Lake Ronkonkoma), Ronkonkoma July 10, 2019 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Walter Burak, NYS DEC 631-444-0283
4
Columbia
Drop in Hudson! Nutten Hook (Hudson River), Stuyvesant July 12, 2019 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pamela Price, Columbia County SWCD 518-267-3313
1
Suffolk
Captree Tackle's Crab Clinic Captree Fuel, Bait & Tackle (Captree State Park), Babylon July 13, 2019
(Rain Date- July 14)
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM Brenden Rutigliano, Captree Fuel, Bait & Tackle 631-587-3430
4
Delaware
Pepacton Family Fishing Day Shavertown Bridge parking lot (Pepacton Reservoir), Andes July 13, 2019 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Tom Davidock, NYC DEP 845-340-7812
1
Suffolk
Town of Islip Public Freshwater Fishing Clinic Knapps Lake at Brookwood Hall, East Islip July 18, 2019 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Town of Islip Parks and Recreation 631-224-5430
4
Columbia
Drop in Hudson! Nutten Hook (Hudson River), Stuyvesant July 19, 2019 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pamela Price, Columbia County SWCD 518-267-3313
2
Kings
Brooklyn Bridge Park Free Fishing Clinic Pier 5 @ Brooklyn Bridge Park (East River), Brooklyn July 20, 2019 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Melissa Cohen, NYS DEC 718-482-4022
4
Columbia
Drop in Hudson! Nutten Hook (Hudson River), Stuyvesant July 26, 2019 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pamela Price, Columbia County SWCD 518-267-3313
2
Kings
Rod and Reel Fishing Clinic Pier 5 @ Brooklyn Bridge Park (East River), Brooklyn July 28, 2019 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Lhana Ormenyi, Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy 718-412-0934
1
Nassau
Summer Family Fishing Festival Hempstead Lake State Park, West Hempstead August 3, 2019 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Walter Burak, NYS DEC 631-444-0283
1
Suffolk
Captree Tackle's Snapper Clinic Captree Fuel, Bait & Tackle (Captree State Park), Babylon August 3, 2019
(Rain Date- August 4)
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM Brenden Rutigliano, Captree Fuel, Bait & Tackle 631-587-3430

1
Suffolk

Town of Islip Public Freshwater Fishing Clinic Knapps Lake at Brookwood Hall, East Islip August 8, 2019 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Town of Islip Parks and Recreation 631-224-5430
1
Nassau
Port Washington Kids Center Fishing Clinic Town Dock (Manhasset Bay), Port Washington August 9, 2019 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM Bob McCormack, NYS DEC 631-444-0280
2
Kings
Rod and Reel Fishing Clinic Pier 5 @ Brooklyn Bridge Park (East River), Brooklyn August 9, 2019 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Lhana Ormenyi, Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy 818-577-9214
1
Suffolk
Town of Brookhaven Family Saltwater Fishing & Crabbing Clinic Corey Beach Park, Blue Point August 15, 2019 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Walter Burak, NYS DEC 631-444-0283
4
Columbia
Drop in Hudson! Nutten Hook (Hudson River), Stuyvesant August 16, 2019 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pamela Price, Columbia County SWCD 518-267-3313
2
Kings
Brooklyn Bridge Park Free Fishing Clinic Pier 5 @ Brooklyn Bridge Park (East River), Brooklyn August 17, 2019 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Melissa Cohen, NYS DEC 718-482-4022
1
Suffolk
Snapper Clinic Peconic Riverfront Park (Peconic River), Riverhead September 5, 2019 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Bob McCormack, NYS DEC 631-444-0280
2
Kings
Brooklyn Bridge Park Free Fishing Clinic Pier 5 @ Brooklyn Bridge Park (East River), Brooklyn September 14, 2019 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Melissa Cohen, NYS DEC 718-482-4022

1
Suffolk

Fire Island Surfcasting Clinic Fire Island National Seashore Wilderness Visitor Center, Smith Point, Shirley September 14, 2019 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM Chris Olijnyk, Fire Island National Seashore 631-687-4780

1
Suffolk

Town of Islip Seafest Bay Shore Marina, Bay Shore September 21, 2019 12:00 PM - 4:30 PM Town of Islip Parks and Recreation 631-224-5430
2
New York
Get Hooked Randall's Island Park southern shoreline, Icahn Stadium, New York September 28, 2019 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM Christopher Girgenti, Randall's Island 212-860-1899
1
Nassau
Fall Family Fishing Festival Hempstead Lake State Park, West Hempstead October 19, 2019 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Walter Burak, NYS DEC 631-444-0283