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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
Free Fishing Clinic Shirley Chisholm State Park (Jamaica Bay), Brooklyn October 5, 2019 1:30PM - 3:30PM Sarah Maldonado, NYS Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation 212-866-3100
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
2
Queens
Pop-Up Free Fishing Clinic Gantry Plaza State Park (East River), Long Island City October 9, 2019 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Melissa Cohen, NYS DEC 718-482-4022
2
Kings
A Day in the Life of ConeyIsland Creek Fishing Clinic Kaiser Park, Brooklyn October 12, 2019 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Steve Wong, NYS DEC 718-482-4941
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
2
Kings
Free Fishing Clinic Shirley Chisholm State Park (Jamaica Bay), Brooklyn October 22, 2019 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM Sarah Maldonado, NYS Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation 212-866-3100