This coming weekend you won't need a license to fish in New York State. You will however need a fishing pole and a lot of patience.

When I was a kid, my dad made me my own homemade fishing pole. I don't remember ever catching anything but wasn't that a cool dad thing to do? I can count on one hand the number of times I've gone fishing. I guess I'm a little impatient and a little too restless to sit in one place for a couple of hours. It's not that I'm opposed to fishing, and I eat fish, it just seems to be a little too lackluster for me.

That being said, I am considering going fishing this weekend. I don't have a license and this may be my only chance to head out to Oneida Lake and catch me the big one! According to the Oneida Dispatch:

 

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says state residents and visitors can fish for free without a fishing license on the weekend of June 27-28 in the state's lakes, ponds, rivers and streams. Also, saltwater anglers will be able to fish in marine waters for migratory marine fish species without enrolling in the Recreational Marine Fishing Registry.

 

Who knows, I may even get hooked. But wait, I better bring along someone with a stronger stomach than me. I have no problem physically reeling in the fish; handling it however, well that's a whole other story. I haven't thought twice about gutting and cleaning the fish after I catch it because that will never happen. Just the thought of preparing the fish makes me queasy.

Did you know there are nearly 7500 lakes and ponds and 50,000 miles of rivers and streams? There are many beautiful lakes right here in Central New York. My favorite is Lake Moraine in Hamilton. However, I learned to water ski on Lake Delta so I need to place that one in my top 3 too. Then again, maybe I shouldn't, I was so sore the next day I could hardly move!

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