If you're a fisherman or looking to drop your first time, mark your calendar, you can fish for free June 27th and 28th. Governor Andrew Cuomo announced New Yorkers and visitors can fish in any of the state’s 7,500 lakes and ponds and 50,000 miles of rivers and streams without a license. Saltwater anglers may also fish in marine waters for migratory marine fish species without enrolling in the Recreational Marine Fishing Registry.

“New York has some of the best fishing in the nation, and we’re making it easier than ever for people to come out and see all this state has to offer. These free fishing days are the perfect opportunity to cast a line and take in the great outdoors, and I encourage everyone to explore New York’s lakes and waterways this summer,” said Cuomo.


Anyone 16 years of age and older who desires to fish on dates not designated as New York State Free Fishing Days must have a state fishing license that are now valid for 365 days from the date of purchase.

Anglers can purchase their license online at the NY License Center, by calling 1-866-933-2257, or from any agents across the state.

Where to Fish

If you're searching for places to fish, visit the Department of Environmental Conservation's fishing page. You can also get an interactive map of public fishing locations.

Miss this weekend you can also fish for free in New York on Veteran's Day, November 11th.

Although the requirement for a license and enrolling in the Recreational Marine Fishing Registry has been waived during free fishing weekend, all other regulations remain in effect.

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