Friday, November 9, 2018

Last Free Fishing Day of 2018 On Sunday

Each year the New York State (NYS) Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) offers four opportunities to test New York’s fishing waters for free. No fishing license is required and it’s a wonderful opportunity to give the sport of fishing a chance.

Fishing is a spiritual journey for some and an obsession for others. My husband grew up fishing and shares that love with both our children. My son likes the competition while my daughter likes any opportunity to best her brother. Keep in mind that children always fish for free in New York State until fifteen years of age.

This Sunday, November 11, is not only Veteran’s Day, but the last free fishing day of the season. Though no license is necessary for free fishing days, it is always a good idea to brush up on the other regulations that do apply.

You don’t need to limit yourself to your favorite fishing hole, take advantage of over 3,000 lakes and ponds in the Adirondack Park.

I may not have much experience with the catching of fish, but I have plenty of experience eating it. I am pit crew and sandwich maker for my fishing family. It’s something my children look forward to each time we go. They learn patience and how to deal with disappointment. Most of all they are out in nature and moving at a slower pace.

I hope you’re able to catch the big one.

Fly fishing photo used with the permission of Diane Chase,

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Diane Chase is the author of the Adirondack Family Activities guidebook series, Adirondack Family Time. She writes about ways to foster imaginative play through fun-filled events and activities in the Adirondack region.

From her home in Saranac Lake, Diane also writes a weekly family-oriented newspaper column for the Adirondack Daily Enterprise and keeps her own blog Adirondack Family Time. Her writing and photography has appeared in numerous newspapers, magazines, marketing companies and advertising agencies.

She even finds time to assist her husband with Adirondack Expeditions guiding families and young adults in the High Peaks.

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