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Six days in 2024 you can fish in New York without a license


Alina Prikhodko

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Governor Kathy Hochul has announced a schedule for New York's 2024 Free Fishing Days. According to Silive, this will allow state residents and visitors to enjoy freshwater fishing without having to obtain a fishing license on certain days.

There will be six free fishing days in 2024: February 17 and 18 (Presidents' Day Weekend), June 29 and 30, September 28 (National Hunting and Fishing Day) and November 11 (Veterans Day). During these days, anyone can participate and fish New York's freshwater lakes, ponds, streams and rivers without the need for a license.

Staten Island has three scenic ponds - Wolfe's Pond, Clove Lakes and Willowbrook Pond - each with unique natural settings and recreational opportunities for everyone to enjoy.

The Free Fishing Days program is a great opportunity for novice anglers to try freshwater fishing for the first time. It's also a chance for seasoned anglers to reconnect with one of America's favorite pastimes, said Gov. Kathy Hochul. “New York is home to an abundance of freshwater lakes, ponds, streams and rivers, providing an unforgettable fishing experience that boosts tourism and benefits the economy.”

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos said, “Free fishing days are offered throughout the year to allow anglers to enjoy freshwater fishing in a variety of climates.”

Fishing Features

The goal of the initiative is to introduce freshwater fishing to as many people as possible, promoting the activity without the usual associated fees and encouraging support for conservation through subsequent purchases. Licenses fishing in New York State.

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Since its inception in 1991, Free Fishing Days has strived to remove barriers for those who do not typically fish by providing free exposure to the sport and promoting greater understanding of conservation efforts.

To support those looking to begin their fishing journey, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) offers resources such as I FISH NY Beginners Guide to Freshwater Fishing is a comprehensive guide covering everything from setting up a fishing rod to understanding the rules of fishing. DEC Web PagesFishing spots", channel YouTube with a series of videos and the HuntFishNY app provide additional information and tools for planning fishing trips.

The rules are the same for everyone

While Free Fishing Days are an opportunity for everyone to enjoy, participants are reminded that standard rules fisheries, with the exception of the requirement to have a license, remain in force. Outside these days, anglers over 16 years of age must have a valid fishing license, which can be obtained on the DEC website.

DEC provides opportunities to “learn to fish” through approved free fishing courses, and recently updated its program to reward anglers for their achievements. The program recognizes those who catch fish of significant size. New features have been introduced, such as a “Young Angler” category and an online form for easy submission of qualifying catches using smartphones. All program participants Angler Achievement Awards receive stickers of a specific fish species that you can proudly display on your gear.

More information about Free Fishing Days, fishing clinics and the Angler Achievement Awards program can be found on the DEC website.

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