New York Offers Free Fishing This Weekend

The State Department of Environmental Conservation said Wednesday that people wanting to fish this weekend are allowed to do so without a fishing license.

Commissioner Basil Seggos said, “Presidents’ Day weekend was specifically selected as one of New York’s free fishing weekends because so many kids are out of school and families are looking for fun activities to do together.”

The free fishing days program is part of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s NY Open for Fishing and Hunting Initiative and the upcoming free fishing days are the first of several planned for 2019, including June 29-30, Sept. 28 (National Hunting and Fishing Day), and Nov. 11 (Veterans Day).

The free fishing days program began in 1991 to give people who might not fish a chance to try the rewarding sport at no cost, introduce people to a new hobby, and encourage people to support the sport by purchasing a New York State fishing license.

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