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I FISH NY Education Program

The I FISH NY Program's primary goal is to increase fishing participation and awareness of the outstanding fishing opportunities that New York has to offer. The program introduces people to the sport of angling through a variety of different approaches. Look below to find a program that meets your needs!

Free Fishing Clinics/Festivals

Free Fishing Clinics/Festivals are family fishing programs where participants can fish for free; no fishing license or enrollment in the Recreational Marine Fishing Registry is required. These clinics are run by the DEC or by qualifying organizations/groups. Find a free fishing clinic near you, or apply to host your own fishing clinic.

Fishing Rod Loaner Program

DEC provides fishing rods to libraries and public parks for lending out to patrons, as well as to qualifying organizations/groups hosting free fishing clinics. Find out which locations are participating or how your library or public park can participate.

I FISH NY Downstate Programs

DEC Regional Offices in Southeastern NY, New York City and Long Island offer additional programs to those listed above, including those for schools and special groups. Check out the I FISH NY NYC page for more information.

Funding

Funding for I FISH NY Education Programs comes from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) Federal Aid in Sport Fish and Wildlife Restoration funded by a federal excise tax on fishing equipment and motor boat fuels.

Additional Resources

I FISH NY Beginners' Guide to Freshwater Fishing - The I FISH NY Beginners' Guide to Freshwater Fishing will give you the information you need to successfully start fishing.

Apply to conduct a Free Fishing Sportfishing Clinic

I FISH NY lesson plans

Freshwater Fishing on Long Island and New York City

New York City Freshwater and Saltwater Fishing

Google Earth Fishing and Boating Access


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