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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 in New York State. The educational side of 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 clinics 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 NYSDEC or by qualifying organizations/groups. Find a free fishing clinic near you.

Fishing Rod Loaner Program

NYSDEC provides fishing rods to libraries or public parks for lending out to patrons. Find out which locations are participating or how your library or public park can participate.

Train-the-Trainer Fishing Education

DEC Fisheries staff conduct trainings on how to teach fishing to water based summer camp counselors and other recreational facility staff. Even better, we provide fishing equipment to help get your program started. Learn more.

In-school Programs

NYSDEC Fisheries staff in NYC and on Long Island offer free classes for grades 3 through 12 during the school year. Lesson Plans are available for teachers and other educators.

I FISH NY Regional Pages

Long Island

New York City


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.

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