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Free Fishing Clinics

Free Sport Fishing Events are family fishing clinics 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, June 23-24, 2018 is Free Fishing Weekend in NY. February 17-18, 2018 and November 11, 2018 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!

Designated New York Free Fishing Events for 2018
Region/County Name of Event Location Date/Rain Date Time Contact Contact Phone
2
Queens
Free Fishing Clinics Gantry Plaza State Park (East River), Long Island City Saturdays (May 5 - September 29) 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Devin Gorsen, NYS Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation 212-866-2529
3
Dutchess
Fishing the River Norrie Point Environmental Center (Hudson River), Staatsburg May 23, 2018 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM Ryan Coulter, NYS DEC 845-256-2204
8
Ontario
Come Fish With Me! Lakefront Park (Seneca Lake), Geneva May 26, 2018 (Rain Date- June 5) 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Antoinette Shama, City of Geneva Recreation Department 315-789-5005
9
Wyoming
Free Learn to Catch a Fish and Kid's Conservation Day Clinic Letchworth State Park, Castile May 26, 2018 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM Douglas Kelly, NYS Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation 585-493-3605
2
Richmond
Willowbrook Park Outdoor Adventure Day Willowbrook Park (Willowbrook Lake), Staten Island June 2, 2018 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM Melissa Cohen, NYS DEC 718-482-4022
4
Schenectady
Schenectady Central Park Family Fishing Clinic Central Park (Iroquois Lake), Schenectady June 2, 2018 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Joelle Ernst, NYS DEC 518-402-8891
6
Oneida
Sauquoit Creek Fishing Clinic Washington Mills Athletic Park (Sauquoit Creek), Washington Mills June 2, 2018 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM David Erway, NYS DEC 315-793-2556
7
Onondaga
Carpenter's Brook Fishing Clinic Carpenter's Brook Fish Hatchery, Elbridge June 2, 2018 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM Jim Everard, NYS DEC 607-753-3095
9
Chautauqua
Take a Kid Fishing Dunkirk Harbor (Lake Erie), Dunkirk June 2, 2018 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM Zen Olow, Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club 716-640-2776
4
Otsego
Basswood Pond Ribbon Cutting Celebration- Fishing Clinic Basswood Pond State Forest, Burlington Flats June 5, 2018 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Chris VanMaaren, NYS DEC 607-652-2620

7
Chenango

Free Family Fishing Day Rogers Environmental Education Center (Ice Pond), Sherburne June 16, 2018 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM Sarah Freedman, Friends of Rogers 607-674-4733
2
Richmond
NY Outdoor Adventure Day Mt. Loretto Unique Area (Raritan Bay & Mt. Loretto Pond), Staten Island June 9, 2018 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM Melissa Cohen, NYS DEC 718-482-4022
9
Chautauqua
Great Lakes Experience Memorial Park (Lake Erie), Dunkirk June 9, 2018 7:00 AM - 1:00 PM Zen Olow, City of Dunkirk 716-640-2776
1
Suffolk
I FISH NY- Fishing Fun (Ages 8 and up) Belmont Lake State Park, North Babylon June 10, 2018 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM Pamela Hunter, NYS Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation 631-581-1072
8
Livingston
Chip Holt Nature Center Free Fishing Clinic Chip Holt Nature Center- Vitale Park (Conesus Lake), Lakeville June 16, 2018 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Matthew Sanderson, Chip Holt Nature Center 585-243-1904
4
Otsego
Father's Day Fishing Clinic Neahwa Park, Laskaris Skate House (Hodges Pond), Oneonta June 17, 2018 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM Tom Trelease, Dave Brandt Chapter #210 of Trout Unlimited 607-434-7211
3
Orange
Sterling Forest State Park Fishing Clinic Sterling Forest State Park, Tuxedo June 23, 2018 (Rain Date- June 24) 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM Michael McElroy, NYS Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation 845-351-5907
4
Rensselaer
Free Family Fishing Program Grafton Lakes State Park (Long Pond), Grafton June 23, 2018 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM Joelle Ernst, NYS DEC 518-402-8891
9
Erie
Teach-Me-To-Fish Clinic Chestnut Ridge County Park, Orchard Park June 23, 2018 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM Michael Todd, NYS DEC 716-851-7010
4
Columbia
Drop in Hudson! Henry Hudson Riverfront Park (Hudson River), Hudson June 27, 2018 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Pamela Price, Columbia County Soil and Water Conservation District 518-267-3313
1
Suffolk
Town of Islip Fishing Clinics Brookwood Hall Park (Knapp's Lake), East Islip June 28, 2018 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Bob McCormack, NYS DEC 631-444-0280
4
Columbia
Drop In Hudson! Nutten Hook (Hudson River), Stuyvesant July 11, 2018 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Pamela Price, Columbia County Soil and Water Conservation District 518-267-3313
1
Suffolk
Town of Islip Fishing Clinics Brookwood Hall Park (Knapp's Lake), East Islip July 19, 2018 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Bob McCormack, NYS DEC 631-444-0280
4
Schenectady
Steinmetz Park Family Fun Day Steinmetz Park, Schenectady July 21, 2018 (Rain Date- July 22) 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM Richard Ruzzo, Goosehill Neighborhood Association 315-745-0092
9
Erie
Tacklin' the Basics: Free Fishing Clinic Chestnut Ridge Park, Orchard Park July 21, 2018 (Rain Date: July 28) 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM Megan McCulloch, EMPact America of New York 716-435-7873
4
Columbia
Drop In Hudson! Ernest L. Lasher Memorial Park (Hudson River), Germantown July 25, 2018 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Pamela Price, Columbia County Soil and Water Conservation District 518-267-3313
4
Columbia
Drop In Hudson! Henry Hudson Riverfront Park (Hudson River), Hudson August 1, 2018 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Pamela Price, Columbia County Soil and Water Conservation District 518-267-3313
6
Jefferson
Family Fishing Day
*Free Recreational Access Pass Required
Fort Drum Military Installation (Remington Pond), Fort Drum August 3, 2018 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Raymond Rainbolt, Environmental Division- Fort Drum Army Community Services 315-772-9636
1
Nassau
Hempstead Summer Fishing Clinic Hempstead Lake State Park (McDonald Pond), West Hempstead August 4, 2018 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Bob McCormack, NYS DEC 631-444-0280
1
Suffolk
Town of Islip Fishing Clinics Brookwood Hall Park (Knapp's Lake), East Islip August 9, 2018 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Bob McCormack, NYS DEC 631-444-0280
7
Onondaga
Webster Pond Free Fishing Weekend Webster Pond, Syracuse August 11, 2018 (Rain Date- Aug. 18) 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Chad Norton, Anglers Association of Onondaga 315-727-2922
4
Columbia
Drop In Hudson! Nutten Hook (Hudson River), Stuyvesant August 15, 2018 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Pamela Price, Columbia County Soil and Water Conservation District 518-267-3313
4
Rensselaer
Learn to Fish Schodack Island State Park (Hudson River), Schodack Landing August 18, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Ashley Drum, NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation 518-732-0187
4
Columbia
Drop In Hudson! Ernest L. Lasher Memorial Park (Hudson River), Germantown August 29, 2018 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Pamela Price, Columbia County Soil and Water Conservation District 518-267-3313
4
Rensselaer
Learn to Fish Schodack Island State Park (Hudson River), Schodack Landing September 1, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Ashley Drum, NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation 518-732-0187
1
Nassau
Fall Family Fishing Festival Hempstead Lake State Park (McDonald Pond), West Hempstead October 20, 2018 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Bob McCormack, NYS DEC 631-444-0280