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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 2019
Region/County Name of Event Location Date/Rain Date Time Contact Contact Phone
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
Lawson Lake Winter Festival Ice Fishing Clinic Lawson Lake County Park, Feura Bush January 12, 2019 (Alternate Date: January 13) 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM Lauren Sirkin, Albany County Recreation Department 518-655-7948