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Free Fishing Clinics

Learn how to fish for free at an upcoming sport fishing clinic organized and conducted by DEC and numerous other organizations. In addition to having fun while fishing, participants can learn about fish identification, fishing equipment and techniques, fisheries management, angling ethics, aquatic ecology, and more! During these clinics no freshwater fishing license or enrollment in the recreational marine fishing registry is required, but all other statewide fishing regulations remain in effect.

Upcoming Free Fishing Clinics

Last updated on 5/5/2022: Check this page frequently as new events are added to this list throughout the year.

2022 Free Fishing Clinics
Event Date Time Location City/Town County Event Organizer Contact
Gowanda Volunteer Fire Company Kids and Adult Fishing Clinic Saturday, 5/7 9:30AM- 2:30PM Gowanda Fire Hall, 230 Aldrich St, Gowanda, NY 14070 (Cattaraugus Creek) Gowanda Erie Gowanda Volunteer Fire Company Stephen Raiport-Gowanda Volunteer Fire Co. - 716-698-9947.

Additional details and registration for this event can be found on the Gowanda Fire Hall website (leaves DEC website)
Annual Otselic Valley Fishing and Heritage Day Saturday, 5/21 9:00AM-11:30AM
and
12:30PM-3:00PM
South Otselic Fish Hatchery, Route 26, South Otselic, NY 13155 South Otselic Chenango NYSDEC and Trout Unlimited Chenango Valley Chapter Jim Everard, NYSDEC Cortland Office - 607-753-3095 (ext. 401)

Additional details for this event can be found on the Otselic Valley Fishing and Heritage Associate site (leaves DEC website)
Allegany State Park Fishing Clinic Saturday, 6/4 10:30AM-2:00PM Allegany State Park - Red House Lake, Route 1, Salamanca, NY 14779 Salamanca Cattaraugus NYSDEC Michael Todd - NYSDEC Region 9 Office - 716-851-7013
Town of Clifton Park Annual Learn-to-Fish Day 9:00AM-12:30PM Barney Road Park, 1A Barney Rd, Clifton Park, NY 12065 Clifton Park Saratoga Town of Clifton Park, Parks and Recreation Department Myla Kramer - Town of Clifton Park, Parks and Rec - 518-371-6667
Community Trails Day in Columbia County 1:00PM-4:00PM Sutherland Pond at Ooms Conservation Area, 480 Rock City Road, Chatham, NY 12037 Chatham Columbia Columbia Land Conservancy Katherine Pinkowski - Columbia Land Conservancy - 518-392-5252 (ext. 212)
Family Fishing Day Carpenter's Brook Fish Hatchery Saturday, 6/4 9:30AM-12:30 PM Carpenter's Brook Fish Hatchery, Rte 321, Elbridge, NY 13060 Elbridge Onondaga NYSDEC, Carpenter's Brook Fish Hatchery, Friends of Carpenter's Brook
Teach Me to Fish Clinic at Tifft Nature Preserve Saturday, 6/11 9:30AM-1:00PM Tifft Nature Preserve - Lake Kirsty, 1200 Fuhrmann Blvd, Buffalo, NY 14203 Buffalo Erie NYSDEC and Erie County Sportsmen Federation Michael Todd - NYSDEC Region 9 Office - 716-851-7013
Outdoors Day 2022 at Hempstead Lake State Park 9:00AM- 1:00PM Hempstead Lake State Park, 1000 Lake Drive, West Hempstead, NY 11552 West Hempstead Nassau I Fish NY Walter Burak - I Fish NY Coordinator, 631-444-0283
Father's Day Fishing Clinic at Neahwa Park Sunday, 6/19 11:00AM-3:00PM Neahwa Park - Hodges Pond, Oneonta, NY 13820 Oneonta Otsego Trout Unlimited Dave Brandt Chapter 210 MJ Coloney - Trout Unlimited - 607-434-4865
Town of Islip Freshwater Fishing Clinic at Knapps Lake Thursdays, 6/23, 7/14, and 8/11 5:30PM- 7:30PM Knapps Lake at Brookwood Hall Park, 50 Irish Ln, Islip, NY 11751 Islip Suffolk Town of Islip Mary Grace Fromhan - Town of Islip, 631-224-5340; pre-registration is required as space is limited
Teach Me to Fish Clinic at Chestnut Ridge Park Saturday, 6/25 9:30AM-12:30PM Chestnut Ridge County Park Pond, Route 277, Orchard Park, NY 14127 Orchard Park Erie NYSDEC and Erie County Sportsmen Federation Amy Cavanaugh - NYSDEC Region 9 Office - 716-533-4070
Free Family Fishing Clinic on Conesus Lake 9:00AM-12:00PM Chip Holt Nature Center in Vitale Park, 5828 Big Tree Rd, Lakeville, NY 14480 Lakeville Livingston Chip Holt Nature Center and Livingston County Veteran's Association Chip Holt Nature Center - chipholtnaturecenter@yahoo.com
Big City Fishing at Pier 26 in Hudson River Park Wednesdays, 7/6, 7/13, 7/20, 7/27, 8/3, 8/10, 8/17, and 8/24 5:00PM-7:00PM Pier 26, Hudson River Greenway, New York, NY 10013 New York New York Hudson River Park Trust Toland Kister - Hudson River Park Trust - 917-661-8748
Big City Fishing at Pier 51 in Hudson River Park Sundays, 7/10, 7/17, 7/24, 7/31, 8/7, 8/14, 8/21, and 8/28 11:00AM-2:00PM Pier 51, Hudson River Greenway, New York, NY 10014 New York New York Hudson River Park Trust Toland Kister - Hudson River Park Trust - 917-661-8748
Hemstead Lake Summer Fishing Clinic Saturday, 8/6 10:00AM-1:00PM Hempstead Lake State Park, 1000 Lake Drive, West Hempstead, NY 11552 West Hempstead Nassau I Fish NY Walter Burak - I Fish NY Coordinator, 631-444-0283
Corey Beach Crabbing and Snapper Fishing Clinic Thursday, 8/18 5:30PM-7:30PM Corey Beach Blue Point Boat Ramp, 1 Corey Ave, Blue Point, NY 11715 Blue Point Suffolk I Fish NY Walter Burak - I Fish NY Coordinator, 631-444-0283
Riverhead Snapper Fishing Clinic Thursday, 9/8 5:30PM-7:30PM Peconic Riverfront Park, 40 Peconic Ave, Riverhead, NY 11901 Riverhead Suffolk I Fish NY Walter Burak - I Fish NY Coordinator, 631-444-0283
Fall Family Fishing Festival at Hempstead Lake State Park Saturday, 10/15 10:00AM-4:00PM Hempstead Lake State Park, 1000 Lake Drive, West Hempstead, NY 11552 West Hempstead Nassau I Fish NY Walter Burak - I Fish NY Coordinator, 631-444-0283

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