Monday, February 12, 2024

Six Free Fishing Days in 2024

Aria Furlong with her perch

Governor Kathy Hochul recently announced six designated Free Fishing Days in New York will take place on: February 17 to 18 (Presidents’ Day Weekend), June 29 to 30, September 28 (National Hunting and Fishing Day) and November 11 (Veterans Day). During these days, the fishing license requirement is waived for freshwater fishing on New York’s waters.

The Free Fishing Days program began in 1991 to give people who might not fish a chance to try the rewarding sport of freshwater fishing at no cost, to introduce people to a new hobby, and to encourage people to support conservation by purchasing a New York State fishing license.

DEC offers a host of resources for those interested in getting started in fishing. The I FISH NY Beginners’ Guide to Freshwater Fishing provides information on everything from rigging up a fishing rod, to identifying your catch, and understanding fishing regulations. There’s also a video series on DEC’s YouTube channel that complements the Beginners Guide. DEC’s Places to Fish webpages are a reliable source of information when planning your next fishing trip. In addition to Free Fishing Days, there are also “learn to fish” opportunities available through DEC-approved free fishing clinics. For a list of what’s currently scheduled visit the DEC website.

Editor’s Note: A reminder that anglers are encouraged to check ice conditions as recent warm temps have created thin, unstable ice conditions, according to NYS DEC reports. Read more information about ice fishing safety at this link. 

Pictured above: Aria Furlong with a perch. Photo provided by the Long Lake Fish & Game Club.

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Information attributed to NYSDEC is taken from press releases and news announcements from New York State's Department of Environmental Conservation.




One Response

  1. Lillian Antoci says:

    I think February 17 & 18 is a little early considering some lakes are still frozen or partially frozen November can bring early freeze over. Maybe more days during the late spring or summer would be a better choice.

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