New Yorkers can fish for free this Saturday

NEW YORK STATE (WIVT/WBGH) — New York State residents and non-residents are invited to fish for free without a fishing license on Saturday, September 24. This free freshwater fishing day is one of six held annually and coincides with National Hunting and Fishing Day.

“From Babylon to Buffalo, free fishing days are a great opportunity for New Yorkers to enjoy the great outdoors at one of the many world-class fishing spots in New York State,” 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.”

Participants are reminded that while the fishing license requirement is being lifted, all other fishing regulations remain in force.

Basil Seggos, Commissioner for Environmental Conservation at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, said: “DEC is excited to support Free Fishing Days throughout the year to introduce people to the sport of fishing. We continue to work to make fishing more accessible to local anglers of all levels, so they can enjoy the excellent fishing in lakes, ponds, rivers and streams in every region.”

Those wishing to participate can begin planning their trip through DEC’s “Places to Fish” webpage. The sixth and final Free Fishing Day of 2022 will be held on Veterans Day, November 11.

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