The first of New York’s free fishing days for 2017 will be next weekend on Saturday, February 18 and Sunday, February 19.
On these days, New York residents and non-residents are allowed to fish for free without a fishing license.
Please note that fishing regulations remain in effect during these days.
Free fishing days provide an opportunity for new anglers who want to learn more about fishing, as well as, those interested in getting back into the sport.
Additional free fishing days in New York for 2017 include:
- June 24-25
- September 23 (National Hunting and Fishing Day)
- November 11 (Veterans Day)
If you’re new to ice fishing, download the Introduction to Ice Fishing chapter of NY DEC’s new I FISH NY Beginners’ Guide to Freshwater Fishing for information on how to get started with ice fishing. Additional information, including tips on ice fishing safety and a list of waters open to ice fishing, can be found at DEC’s ice fishing web page.
For Governor Cuomo’s press release on the upcoming Free Ice Fishing Weekend visit https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-announces-free-fishing-days-new-york