Governor Hochul Announces Free Fishing Weekend June 25-26 in New York State


Governor Kathy Hochul today announced a free fishing weekend in New York State on June 25-26. This event marks two of the state’s six free fishing days offered each year to increase fishing participation and awareness of New York’s exceptional fishing opportunities and introduce new anglers to the sport of fishing.

“Free Fishing Days provide an exciting chance for all New Yorkers from Brooklyn to Buffalo to try fishing for the first time and encourage experienced anglers to dust off their rods and get outside,” Governor Hochul said. “The fishing opportunities in New York State are unmatched, and I encourage New Yorkers to get out on the water this weekend with friends and family to enjoy one of the world’s renowned fishing destinations. of our state.”

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos said: “As the school year draws to a close and summer approaches, the timing of this Free Fishing Weekend couldn’t be better. Whether you want to get back into the sport yourself or introduce your friends and family family fishing for the first time, New York’s Free Fishing Days are a great opportunity to cast a line and get out.”

For novice anglers, the I FISH NY Beginner’s Guide to Freshwater Fishing provides information on the basics of fishing, including rigging a fishing rod, identifying catches, and understanding fishing regulations. sin. A fun and interactive version of the guide consisting of a series of short videos is available on DEC’s YouTube channel. CED’s Places to Fish web pages are a reliable source of information for those ready to plan their next fishing trip.

The remaining free fishing days in 2022 include National Fish and Game Day (September 24) and Veterans Day (November 11). During these designated free fishing days, New York residents and non-residents are allowed to fish for free without a fishing license. We remind Free Fishing Day participants that while the requirement for a fishing license is waived during Free Fishing Days, all other fishing regulations remain in effect. For more information on fishing regulations, go to

DEC also offers free fishing clinics throughout the year. In addition to having fun fishing, participants can learn about fish identification, fishing equipment and techniques, fisheries management, angling ethics, aquatic ecology , etc. During these clinics, no freshwater fishing license or registration with the Recreational Marine Fishing Registry is required, but all other statewide fishing regulations remain in effect. For a list of fishing clinics, go to:


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