New York State announces “Free Fishing Days” for 2024
Monday, February 5, 2024 at 04:05 pm
A freshwater fishing license is not required to fish on designated days
Governor Kathy Hochul announced that the six “Free Hunting Days” scheduled for 2024 in New York will be held on: February 17-18 (Presidents Day Weekend), June 29-30, September 28 (National Hunting and Fishing Day) and June 29-30 (National Hunting and Fishing Day). November 11 (Veterans Day). During these days, fishing license requirements for freshwater fishing in New York waters are waived.
“Free Fishing Days provides a great opportunity for aspiring anglers to experience freshwater fishing for the first time or for former anglers to reconnect with one of America’s favorite pastimes,” Hochul said. “New York has an abundance of freshwater lakes, ponds, streams and rivers, allowing for unforgettable fishing experiences that increase tourism and benefit the economy.”
“Free Fishing Days are spread throughout the year to give anglers the opportunity to enjoy freshwater fishing in a variety of climates,” said Basil Seggos, Commissioner of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. “It is the perfect time for families and friends to take advantage of the state’s abundant fishing opportunities and learn or… Renew your entertainment hobby without the traditional fees.
“The Free Fishing Days program began in 1991 to give people who might not fish an opportunity to experience the rewarding sport of freshwater fishing at no cost, introduce people to a new hobby, and encourage people to take up freshwater fishing,” a press release said. Support conservation by purchasing a New York State fishing license.
“The DEC offers an array of resources for those looking to get started in fishing. The ‘I FISH NY Beginners’ Guide to Freshwater Fishing provides information on everything from preparing a fishing rod to identifying your catch and understanding fishing regulations. There is also a video series on the DEC channel at YouTube complements the beginner’s guide. DEC’s “Where to Fish” web pages are a trusted source of information when planning your next fishing trip. DEC’s official app, HuntFishNY, now features “The Tackle Box.” All fishing regulations and boat access are available and storage information within a map-based interface through your smartphone.
In addition to Free Fishing Days, there are also Learn to Fish opportunities available through DEC-approved Free Fishing Clinics. For a list of what is currently scheduled, visit the DEC website.
We would like to remind participants that although the freshwater fishing license requirement has been waived during Free Fishing Days, all other fishing regulations remain in effect. Outside of Free Fishing Days, anglers over the age of 16 must have a valid fishing license. For more information about purchasing a license, visit the DEC website.
The press release added: “DEC recently revamped its Angler Achievement Awards program, which honors anglers who catch large-sized fish, including state records. The new and improved program expands the list of eligible fish species an angler can enter for an award, and includes Now a youth angler category and an online entry form where qualifying catches can be submitted directly through a smartphone. All anglers who submit a qualifying catch will now receive a species-specific sticker to proudly display on their tackle box, car, etc. For official program rules, qualifying species and limit Minimum associated qualifying lengths, visit the Angler Achievement Awards web page on the DEC website.”