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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, September 22, 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 Fridays (July 6 - August 24) 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Devin Gorsen, NYS Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation 212-866-2529
5
Saratoga
#momsfishny
(Pre-registration required)
Moreau Lake State Park, Gansevoort July 9, 2018 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Joelle Ernst, NYS DEC 518-402-8891
1
Suffolk
Summer Family Fishing Clinic Lt. Michael P. Murphy Memorial Park (Lake Ronkonkoma), Ronkonkoma July 11, 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
4
Rensselaer
#momsfishny
(Pre-registration required)
Grafton Lakes State Park, Cropseyville July 11, 2018 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Joelle Ernst, NYS DEC 518-402-8891
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
Albany
#momsfishny
(Pre-registration required)
Six Mile Waterworks, Colonie July 31, 2018 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Joelle Ernst, NYS DEC 518-402-8891
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
5
Essex
Family Fishing Clinic Putnam Pond Campground, Ticonderoga August 11, 2018 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM Joelle Ernst, NYS DEC 518-402-8891
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
1
Suffolk
Corey Beach Crabbing and Fishing Clinic Corey Beach (Curtis Road), Blue Point August 15, 2018 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM Bob McCormack, NYS DEC 631-444-0280
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
Columbia
Drop In Hudson! Ernest L. Lasher Memorial Park (Hudson River), Germantown August 17, 2018 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM 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
7
Onondaga
NYS Fair Free Fishing Day NYS Fairgrounds, Syracuse August 23, 2018 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Joelle Ernst, NYS DEC 518-402-8891
7
Onondaga
NYS Fair Free Fishing Day NYS Fairgrounds, Syracuse August 26, 2018 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Joelle Ernst, NYS DEC 518-402-8891
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
Suffolk
Peconic River Snapper Fishing Clinic Peconic Riverfront Park (Peconic River), Riverhead September 6, 2018 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Bob McCormack, NYS DEC 631-444-0280
1
Suffolk
Fire Island Surfcasting Fishing Clinic Fire Island Wilderness Center (Atlantic Ocean), Smith Point September 15, 2018 11:00 AM - 1:30PM Bob McCormack, NYS DEC 631-444-0280
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