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Free Fishing Days

Don't forget to mark your calendars for Free Fishing Days in New York State! The event takes place throughout the last full weekend in June (June 29-30) and allows individuals aged 16 and older to enjoy fishing in the state's fresh waters without needing a fishing license. That's right, no license required! And for kids under 16, fishing is always free.

This is the perfect opportunity for anyone interested in trying out fishing for the first time or even for seasoned anglers to introduce someone to the wonderful world of fishing. Don't worry if you don't have your own fishing equipment, as you can easily borrow fishing gear for the day through the I FISH NY program, which aims to promote fishing participation and raise awareness of the incredible fishing opportunities available across the state.

If you're new to fishing, the I FISH NY website offers valuable resources such as links to educational programs, free fish clinics, guides, and instructional "How to" videos to help you get started. With over 7,500 lakes and ponds, as well as an incredible 70,000 miles of rivers and streams, New York State is teeming with fantastic freshwater fishing spots. For ideas on where to go, be sure to check out the "Places to Fish" webpages on the website.

So, whether you're a seasoned angler or a complete beginner, mark your calendars and take advantage of this opportunity to enjoy world-class fishing experiences right here in New York State!

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