Each year the New York State (NYS) Department of Environmental Conservation offers four opportunities to fish Adirondack waters without a fishing license. The free opportunities throughout the calendar year provide a sampling of fishing experiences.
The days are meant to allow people to test new waters or introduce someone to a new sport. Since 1991 these reoccurring events have allowed visitors and residents alike the opportunity to get outside and cast a line.
My husband grew up fishing and shares that love with both our children. My son likes the competition while my daughter is more interested in scaring the fish away. Keep in mind that children are always able to fish for free in New York State until fifteen years of age.
This November 11 is not only Veterans Day but designated as one of the free fishing days. It also sounds like a nice way to honor the veteran in your life. Going fishing isn’t always about catching fish, but visiting nature and moving at a slower pace.
Though no license is necessary for free fishing days, there is never any harm in revisiting the other rules and regulations. November is the last chance to catch that elusive Black Bass. After November 30th it’s catch and release until the last Saturday in June.
These opportunities are set in place to allow anyone the chance to take advantage of over 3,000 lakes and ponds in the Adirondack Park. This is the last free fishing day before the snow flies. If ice fishing is more to your liking, February 15-16, 2020 is the next date to mark on the calendar.
Photo of young fisherman provided.