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Fishing Rod Loaner Program

The purpose of the rod loaner program is to reduce barriers to fishing participation by providing fishing equipment to public libraries and parks to loan out to patrons.

How to Borrow Fishing Equipment

How to Become a Participating Provider

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

What DEC supplies to rod loaner 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 a rod loaner provider

  • 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. This allows us to report back to our funding source on grant related activities.
  • 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.

Participating Locations

Albany County

Albany Public Library (Main), 161 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12210
518-427-4300

Albany Public Library (Arbor Hill/West Hill Branch), 148 Henry Johnson Boulevard, Albany, NY 12210
518-694-0596

Cohoes Public Library, 169 Mohawk Street, Cohoes, NY 12047
518-235-2570

Guilderland Public Library, 2228 Western Avenue, Guilderland, NY 12084
518-456-2400

Rensselaerville Library, 1459 County Road 351, Rensselaerville, NY 12147
518-797-3949

Allegany County

Belmont Free Library, 2 Willets Avenue, Belmont, NY 14813
585-268-5308

Bolivar Free Library, 390 Main Street, Bolivar, NY 14715
585-928-2015

Cuba Library, 39 E Main St, Cuba, NY 14727
585-968-1668

Genesee Library, 8351 NY-417, Little Genesee, NY 14754
585-928-1915

Whitesville Public Library, 500 Main, Whitesville, NY 14897
607-356-3645

Wide Awake Club Library, 22 N Genesee St, Fillmore, NY 14735
585-567-8301

Clinton County

Dannemora Free Library, 40 Emmons St, Saranac, NY 12981
518-492-7005

Delaware County

Fairview Public Library, 43 Walnut Street, Margaretville, NY 12455
845-586-3791

Essex County

Paine Memorial Free Library, 2 Gilliland Lane, Willsboro, NY 12996
518-963-4478

Fulton County

Gloversville Public Library, 58 E. Fulton St, Gloversville, NY 12078
518-725-2819

Johnstown Public Library, 38 S Market Street, Johnstown, NY 12095
518-762-8317

Genesee County

Woodward Memorial Library, 7 Wolcott Street, LeRoy, NY 14482
585-768-8300

Livingston County

Dansville Public Library, 200 Main Street, Dansville, NY 14437
585-335-6720

Livonia Public Library, 2 Washington Street, Livonia, NY 14487
585-346-3450

Madison County

Cazenovia Public Library, 100 Albany Street, Cazenovia, NY 13035
315-655-9322

Monroe County

Chili Public Library, 3333 Chili Avenue, Rochester, NY 14624
585-889-2200

Hamlin Public Library, 1680 Lake Road, Hamlin, NY 14464
585-964-2320

Monroe County Library System, Sully Branch, 530 Webster Avenue, Rochester, NY 14609
585-428-8208

Parma Library, 7 West Avenue, Hilton, NY 14468
585-392-8350

Montgomery County

Fort Hunter Free Library, 167 Fort Hunter Rd, Amsterdam, NY 12010
518-829-7248

The Fort Plain Free Library, 19 Willett St, Fort Plain, NY 13339
518-993-4646

Margaret Reaney Memorial Library, 19 Kingsbury Ave, St. Johnsville, NY 13452
518-568-7822

Niagara County

Wilson Community Library, 265 Young Street, Wilson, NY 14172
716-751-6070

Oneida County

Jervis Public Library, 613 North Washington Street, Rome, NY 13440
315-336-4570

Ontario County

Honeoye Public Library, 8708 Main Street, Honeoye, NY 14471
585-229-5020

Victor Farmington Library, 7 West Avenue, Victor, NY 14564
585-924-2637

Wood Library, 134 North Main Street, Canandaigua, NY 14424
585-394-1381

Orange County

Greenwood Lake Public Library, 79 Waterstone Rd, Greenwood Lake, NY 10925
845-477-8377

Putnam County

Putnam Valley Library, 30 Oscawana Lake Rd, Putnam Valley, NY 10579
845-528-3242

Rensselaer County

Brunswick Community Library, 4118 State Highway 2, Troy, NY 12180
518-279-4023

Schenectady County

Scotia Branch Library, 14 Mohawk Avenue, Scotia, NY 12302
518-386-2247

Schoharie County

Middleburgh Library, 323 Main Street, Middleburgh, NY 12122
518-827-5142

Steuben County

Avoca Free Library, 18 North Main Street, Avoca, NY 14809
607-566-9279

Cohocton Public Library, 8 Maple Avenue, Cohocton, NY 14826
585-384-5170

Pulteney Public Library, 9226 County Route 74, Pulteney, NY 14874
607-868-3652

Wayland Free Library, 101 W Naples St, Wayland, NY 14572
585-728-5380

Ulster County

Highland Public Library, 14 Elting Place, Highland, NY 12528
845-691-2275

Yates County

Modeste Bedient Memorial Library, 3699 Route 54A, Branchport, NY 14418
315-595-2899


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