New Yorkers and visitors alike can fish for free on Saturday, September 25

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Metro Creative Connection

Mon Sep 20, 2021 10:40 AM

Anglers of all skill levels are encouraged to cast a line and enjoy the benefits of fishing during the annual “Free Fishing Day”

Governor Kathy Hochul recently announced that the fifth “Free Fishing Day” of the year in New York will be held on Saturday, September 25. It coincides with National Hunting and Fishing Day, which is celebrated annually to promote outdoor activities like hunting, fishing and target shooting. New York offers fishermen six “free fishing days” each year.

“I encourage novice and experienced anglers to take advantage of the upcoming ‘Free Fishing Day’, which gives everyone the chance to try the sport for free and introduce family and friends to a new hobby,” said declared Hochul. “Going out to cast a line is a perfect way to enjoy the outdoors and rejuvenate in one of New York’s many world-class fishing destinations. Fishing in New York State is both recreational fun and serves as a vital economic generator, supporting local economies throughout the state. “

The sixth and final Free Fishing Day in 2021 is Veterans Day, November 11th. On Free Fishing Days, New York residents and non-residents can fish for free without a fishing license. Participants of the “Free Fishing Day” are reminded that although the requirement for a fishing license is waived, all other fishing regulations remain in effect.

Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos said: “Fishing is a fun activity that can be done on your own or with friends and family. There are plenty of opportunities to choose from and the “Free Fishing Day” is a great time to test your skills. “

DEC’s Places to Fish web pages are a resource for those ready to plan their next fishing trip. For novice anglers interested in getting started, the “I FISH NY Beginner’s Guide to Freshwater Fishing” provides information on everything from setting up a fishing rod to identifying the catch and understanding. fishing regulations.

When not participating in “Free Fishing Days,” anglers 16 and over must have a valid New York State fishing license to fish. Fishing licenses are valid for 365 days from the date of purchase. You can find more information on purchasing a fishing license on the DEC website.


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