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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
2
Kings
Pop-Up Audubon I and II Prospect Park (Prospect Park Lake), Brooklyn Saturdays and Sundays,
July & August
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM Steve Wong, Prospect Park Alliance 718-287-3400
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
Albany
Coeymans Free Family Fishing Day Lawson Lake County Park, Feura Bush July 23, 2019
(Rain Date: August 6)
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Mike McGuire, Coeymans Conservation Advisory Council 518-944-7126
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
2
Kings
Pop-Up Fishing Clinic North 5th Street (East River), Brooklyn August 29, 2019 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Melissa Cohen, NYS DEC 718-482-4022
6
Jefferson
Fishing with Spider Rybaak Wellesley Island State Park (St. Lawrence River- Eel Bay) August 31, 2019 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
(Bait & Lure)
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
(Basics of Fly Fishing)
Steven Cline, NYS Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation 315-482-2722
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
Queens
Pop-Up Fishing Clinic Gantry Plaza State Park (East River), Long Island City September 5, 2019 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Melissa Cohen, NYS DEC 718-482-4022
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
7
Tompkins
Jacksonville Community Park Fishing Festival Jacksonville Community Park, Jacksonville September 21, 2019 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM Bridgid Beames, Jacksonville Community Association 607-279-8493
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
2
New York
Little Red Lighthouse Festival Ft. Washington Park near Little Red Whitehouse (Hudson River), Manhattan October 5, 2019 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM Melissa Cohen, NYS DEC 718-482-4022
6
Jefferson
Fishing with Spider Rybaak Wellesley Island State Park (St. Lawrence River- Eel Bay) October 5, 2019 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
(Bait & Lure)
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
(Basics of Fly Fishing)
Steven Cline, NYS Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation 315-482-2722
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