Governor Hochul invites New Yorkers and visitors to fish for free on Saturday, September 24

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Governor Kathy Hochul today announced that Saturday, September 24 will be Free Fishing Day in New York State. This free freshwater fishing day is one of six held each year and coincides with national hunting and fishing daywhich is celebrated for promoting outdoor activities that contribute significantly to New York’s economy and help support fish and wildlife conservation.

“From Babylon to Buffalo, Free Fishing Days is a great opportunity for New Yorkers to enjoy the outdoors at one of New York State’s many world-class fishing spots,” Governor Hochul said. “I encourage everyone to take advantage of this weekend’s free fishing day, support the local New York economy, and see the benefits of our extensive conservation efforts to protect and enhance our natural resources.”

On Free fishing days, New York residents and non-residents can fish for free in New York fresh waters without a fishing license. We remind Free Fishing Day attendees that while the requirement for a fishing license will be waived, all other fishing regulations remain in effect. The sixth and final free fishing day of 2022 is Veterans Day, November 11, 2022.

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos said: “DEC is thrilled to support free fishing days throughout the year to help introduce people to the sport of fishing. Along with other enhancements such as our new Tackle Box feature on the HuntFishNY smartphone app , DEC continues to work to make fishing more accessible to local anglers of all skill levels to enjoy excellent fishing in lakes, ponds, rivers and streams in all regions.”

Earlier this summer, DEC launched the new “Tackle Box” feature to improve fishing-related tourism and help new and experienced anglers enjoy the great fishing available throughout New York. The Tackle Box function is available on the DECs HuntFishNY smartphone app, (available for iOS and Android) which provides information on nearly all state fishing regulations, bodies of water, state-operated fishing access sites, storage information and fishing information. other useful features such as photos to help identify fish that may be in a certain river, lake or stream. More information about the HuntFishNY Mobile app can be found at DEC website.

DEC Places to fish Web pages are also a reliable source 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 mounting a fishing rod to identifying catches and understanding fishing regulations.

When not participating in Free Fishing Days, anglers 16 and older must have a valid New York State fishing license to fish in freshwater. Fishing licenses are valid for 365 days from the date of purchase. More information on purchasing a freshwater fishing license can be found at DEC website. You will find information on the compulsory and free register of recreational marine fishing for saltwater fishing. here.

New Yorkers can learn more about buying a license and get more information on freshwater fishing here. Additionally, information on saltwater fishing can be found here.

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