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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, June 29-30, 2019 is Free Fishing Weekend in NY. February 16-17, 2019 (Presidents Day Weekend), September 28, 2019 (National Hunting and Fishing Day) and November 11, 2019 (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!

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
4
Albany
Thompson's Lake Ice Fishing Clinic Emma Tradwell Thacher Nature Center (Thompson's Lake), Voorheesville January 19, 2019
(Alternate day: January 26)
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Kevin Busch, Albany County Conservation Alliance 518-495-4396
4
Rensselaer
Tomhannock Reservoir Ice Fishing Clinic DEC Angler Parking Lot (Route 7 & Lake Shore Road), Pittstown January 26, 2019
(Alternate day: February 2)
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM Dennis Wischman, NYS DEC 607-652-2652
5
Washington
Winterfest 2019 Lake Lauderdale Park, Jackson February 2, 2019 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM Kathy Jo McIntyre, Washington County Public Health 518-746-2400
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
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
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
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