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Fishing Rod Loaner Program


Reduce barriers to fishing participation by providing fishing rods, bobbers and hooks to public libraries and parks to loan out to patrons.

Who can participate?

People interested in borrowing a fishing rod

  • Children under 16 years old or people holding a valid New York fishing license can borrow a fishing rod at a participating location.
  • If you plan to borrow a fishing rod from a library, you may need a library card from that library to borrow a rod. Please call ahead if you plan to borrow a fishing rod.
  • People borrowing a fishing rod must provide their own bait and follow New York's fishing regulations.

Organizations interested in loaning out fishing rods

Public libraries and public parks are eligible to participate.

What DEC provides to rod loaners

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

Responsibilities of a rod loaner

  • 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 out. This allows us to report back to our funding source on grant related activities.
  • The rod loaner is responsible for maintaining the fishing rods. If you do not have someone who can maintain the equipment, we recommend that you contact a local sportfishing group (e.g. Trout Unlimited, B.A.S.S., etc.) and ask if they can help maintain the equipment.
  • A fee cannot be charged for loaning out the rod. Late fees can apply.

How to become a rod loaner

For more information on how to become a rod loaner, please contact the Bureau of Fisheries by sending an email to

Participating Locations

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

Delaware County

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

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

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

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

Yates County

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

Funding Source

Funds for this program come from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) Federal Aid in Sport Fish and Wildlife Restoration.

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