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I FISH NY Programs


I FISH NY serves 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.

Organized Group Fishing Education Programs

I FISH NY instructors teaching about fish id (top) and knot tying (bottom)

For: Summer camps, after-school groups, outdoor clubs, and scout programs; All ages and abilities

Locations Offered: Statewide

Details: DEC educators provide fishing instruction and teach about fish species, fish anatomy, fishing regulations, fishing licenses, and more. During these programs, bait is provided and gear is available to borrow for free.

More Information/Scheduling: Contact the DEC Regional Office for your county

In-School Fishing Education Programs

For: Grade school classrooms three and up

Locations Offered: Long Island and New York City only

Details: DEC educators visit classrooms and teach from a variety of lesson plans covering topics on fish anatomy, fish classification and adaptations, and food webs. Students later participate in a fishing trip to a local water body where fishing instruction, gear, and bait are provided. Schools are responsible for student transportation, an adult to student ratio no less than 1:5, and any applicable park use fees.

More Information/Scheduling: Contact the DEC Region 1 or Region 2 Office for your county

Fishing Rod Loaner Program

This I FISH NY program offers opportunities for anglers to borrow fishing equipment (rods, bobbers, and hooks) for free. This is a great way for beginner anglers to get started and familiar with the sport of fishing before purchasing their own equipment.

Borrowing Fishing Equipment

Becoming a Provider

Public libraries and public parks are eligible to participate. Email the Bureau of Fisheries for more information on how to become a participating provider in the rod loaner program.

What DEC Supplies to Providers

  • Fishing equipment: spin casting rods, bobbers, and hooks.
  • Literature on freshwater sportfish, knot tying, casting a fishing rod, and freshwater fishing regulation guides for patrons to take home and keep.

Responsibilities of Providers

  • Loan out fishing rods to eligible patrons (children under 16 years old or people holding a valid New York fishing license).
  • Maintain a log on how many fishing rods were loaned.
  • Maintain the fishing rods. If you do not have someone who can maintain the equipment, we recommend contacting a local sportfishing group (e.g. Trout Unlimited, B.A.S.S., etc.) and ask if they can help.
  • A fee cannot be charged for loaning out the rod; however, late return fees can apply.

Find Participating Providers

Currently, providers who lend fishing equipment are in the following counties statewide:

Albany | Allegany | Clinton | Delaware | Essex | Fulton | Genesee | Livingston | Madison | Monroe | Montgomery | Niagara | Oneida | Ontario | Orange | Putnam | Rensselaer | Schenectady | Schoharie | Steuben | Ulster | Yates

Albany County

Albany Public Library (Main), 161 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12210

Albany Public Library (Arbor Hill/West Hill Branch), 148 Henry Johnson Boulevard, Albany, NY 12210

Cohoes Public Library, 169 Mohawk Street, Cohoes, NY 12047

Guilderland Public Library, 2228 Western Avenue, Guilderland, NY 12084

Rensselaerville Library, 1459 County Road 351, Rensselaerville, NY 12147

Allegany County

Belmont Free Library, 2 Willets Avenue, Belmont, NY 14813

Bolivar Free Library, 390 Main Street, Bolivar, NY 14715

Cuba Library, 39 E Main St, Cuba, NY 14727

Genesee Library, 8351 NY-417, Little Genesee, NY 14754

Whitesville Public Library, 500 Main, Whitesville, NY 14897

Wide Awake Club Library, 22 N Genesee St, Fillmore, NY 14735

Clinton County

Dannemora Free Library, 40 Emmons St, Saranac, NY 12981

Delaware County

Fairview Public Library, 43 Walnut Street, Margaretville, NY 12455

Essex County

Paine Memorial Free Library, 2 Gilliland Lane, Willsboro, NY 12996

Fulton County

Gloversville Public Library, 58 E. Fulton St, Gloversville, NY 12078

Johnstown Public Library, 38 S Market Street, Johnstown, NY 12095

Genesee County

Woodward Memorial Library, 7 Wolcott Street, LeRoy, NY 14482

Livingston County

Dansville Public Library, 200 Main Street, Dansville, NY 14437

Livonia Public Library, 2 Washington Street, Livonia, NY 14487

Madison County

Cazenovia Public Library, 100 Albany Street, Cazenovia, NY 13035

Monroe County

Chili Public Library, 3333 Chili Avenue, Rochester, NY 14624

Hamlin Public Library, 1680 Lake Road, Hamlin, NY 14464

Monroe County Library System, Sully Branch, 530 Webster Avenue, Rochester, NY 14609

Parma Library, 7 West Avenue, Hilton, NY 14468

Montgomery County

Fort Hunter Free Library, 167 Fort Hunter Rd, Amsterdam, NY 12010

The Fort Plain Free Library, 19 Willett St, Fort Plain, NY 13339

Margaret Reaney Memorial Library, 19 Kingsbury Ave, St. Johnsville, NY 13452

Niagara County

Wilson Community Library, 265 Young Street, Wilson, NY 14172

Oneida County

Jervis Public Library, 613 North Washington Street, Rome, NY 13440

Ontario County

Honeoye Public Library, 8708 Main Street, Honeoye, NY 14471

Victor Farmington Library, 7 West Avenue, Victor, NY 14564

Wood Library, 134 North Main Street, Canandaigua, NY 14424

Orange County

Greenwood Lake Public Library, 79 Waterstone Rd, Greenwood Lake, NY 10925

Putnam County

Putnam Valley Library, 30 Oscawana Lake Rd, Putnam Valley, NY 10579

Rensselaer County

Brunswick Community Library, 4118 State Highway 2, Troy, NY 12180

Schenectady County

Scotia Branch Library, 14 Mohawk Avenue, Scotia, NY 12302

Schoharie County

Middleburgh Library, 323 Main Street, Middleburgh, NY 12122

Steuben County

Avoca Free Library, 18 North Main Street, Avoca, NY 14809

Cohocton Public Library, 8 Maple Avenue, Cohocton, NY 14826

Pulteney Public Library, 9226 County Route 74, Pulteney, NY 14874

Wayland Free Library, 101 W Naples St, Wayland, NY 14572

Ulster County

Highland Public Library, 14 Elting Place, Highland, NY 12528

Yates County

Modeste Bedient Memorial Library, 3699 Route 54A, Branchport, NY 14418

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