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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
5
Washington
Carters Pond Ice Fishing Clinic Carters Pond Wildlife Management Area, Greenwich February 17, 2019 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM Steve Gonyeau, NYS Conservation Officers Association (NYCOA) 518-567-2104
4
Otsego
Otsego Lake Ice Fishing Clinic Glimmerglass State Park
(Alternate Location: Canadarago Lake)
February 20, 2019
(Alternate day: February 21)
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Tom Hughes, NYS Parks & Recreation 315-256-1759
4
Albany
Lawson Lake Winter Festival Ice Fishing Clinic Lawson Lake County Park, Feura Bush February 23, 2019 (Alternate day: February 24) 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM Lauren Sirkin, Albany County Recreation Department 518-655-7948
4
Albany
Six Mile Waterworks Fishing Festival Six Mile Waterworks (Rensselaer Lake), Albany April 23, 2019 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Joelle Ernst, NYS DEC 518-402-8891
2
Kings
Earth Day Fishing Clinic Prospect Park Audubon Center (Prospect Park Lake), Brooklyn April 28, 2019 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Melissa Cohen, NYS DEC 718-482-4022
2
Kings
Brooklyn Bridge Park Free Fishing Clinic Pier 5 @ Brooklyn Bridge Park (East River), Brooklyn May 18, 2019 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Melissa Cohen, NYS DEC 718-482-4022
6
Jefferson
Fort Drum Free Fishing Day
**Recreational Access Pass is required and available at https://fortdrum.isportsman.net/
Remington Pond, Fort Drum May 18, 2019 12:00 PM - 3:45 PM Raymond Rainbolt, Fort Drum - Environmental Division 315-772-9636
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
4
Schenectady
Central Park Free Fishing Clinic Central Park (Iroquois Lake), Schenectady June 1, 2019 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Joelle Ernst, NYS DEC 518-402-8891
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
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
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
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