DEC Announces Free Fishing Events Throughout the State
New York State is among the nation’s premier, year-round fishing destinations, and to help newcomers or those interested in learning how to fish, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has scheduled free fishing events in communities across the state. These events, which are listed below, are in addition to the state’s annual free fishing weekend being held on June 27 and 28, 2009.
“DEC holds these free events because our staff and partners truly enjoy introducing people to a new and popular pastime in some of the best places for fishing,” DEC Commissioner Pete Grannis said. “We hope that anglers – new and old – take advantage of these fun learning opportunities being held across the state.”
Regional Fishing Clinics:
DEC’s regional offices sponsor clinics to help teach adults and children the basics of fishing. Participants are often supplied with equipment and learn about fish identification, fishing equipment and techniques, fisheries management, angling ethics and aquatic ecology. No freshwater fishing license is required at these events.
The list of regional free fishing events can be found on the DEC web site. Additional events may be added in the future.
Statewide Free Fishing Weekend on June 27 and 28:
DEC also designates the last full weekend in June each year as a free fishing weekend, which enables all residents and visitors to fish New York State’s waters without a DEC freshwater fishing license. It is important to note that permits from the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYCDEP) may still be required to fish in the New York City watershed. Information on how to obtain a permit can be found at http://nyc.gov/html/dep/html/watershed_protection/recreation.shtml on the NYCDEP website.
While a DEC fishing license is not required for either the free fishing weekend or regional free fishing events, DEC’s other fishing rules and regulations remain in effect. To learn more about New York’s regulations and information on how and where to obtain a fishing license, please visit the DEC website.