This Saturday, September 24, is the Day of Free Fishing and is part of one of the six dates in which this type of sport is celebrated every year. This time it coincides with National Day of Fishing and Hunting, held to promote outdoor activities that contribute to the state’s economy and help support fish and wildlife conservation.
“From Babylon to Buffalo, Free Fishing Days are a great opportunity for New Yorkers to enjoy the outdoors at one of New York State’s many premier fishing spots,” Governor Hochul said. “I encourage everyone to take advantage of this weekend’s Free Fishing Day, to support the local New York economy, and to see the benefits of our extensive conservation efforts to protect and improve our natural resources.”
In Free fishing days, New York residents and non-residents can fish for free in New York’s freshwater without a fishing license. Participants in the Day of Free Fishing are reminded that although the fishing license requirement is exempted, all other fishing rules remain in force. The sixth and final Free Fishing Day of 2022 is Veterans Day, November 11, 2022.
When not participating in Open Fishing Days, anglers 16 years of age and older must have a current New York State fishing license to fish in freshwater. Fishing licenses are valid for 365 days from the date of purchase. You can find more information on purchasing a freshwater fishing license on the DEC website. You can find mandatory and free recreational sea fishing register information for fishing in salt water here.