There will be six designated free fishing days within the State of New York for the 2024 year, with the first free days taking place on President’s Day Weekend (February 17th and 18th). On free fishing days, the requirement of a fishing license is waived for freshwater fishing within the state’s waterways.
“Free Fishing Days are spread out throughout the year to give anglers a chance to enjoy freshwater fishing in various climates. It is the perfect time for families and friends to take advantage of the State’s plentiful fishing opportunities and learn or re-refresh a recreational hobby without the traditional fees.” New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos said.
Other free fishing days include: June 29th and 30th, September 28th, and November 11th (Veterans Day). The free fishing day program began back in 1991 as a way to give those who have not had an opportunity to fish a chance at no cost to them in terms of licensing.
The State Department of Environmental Conservation does remind anglers even though the license requirement for freshwater fishing is waived on the dates listed above, all other fishing regulations remain in effect.