Anglers rejoice! New York State has announced this weekend will be a free freshwater fishing weekend. Anglers will have an opportunity to freshwater fish without needing a license on Saturday, February 18th and Sunday, February 19th.
The state also announced other upcoming free freshwater fishing days, those dates are: June 24th to 25th, September 23rd, and November 11th.
“Free fishing days offer established anglers an opportunity to share their passion for fishing with those who may be newer to the sport,” Governor Hochul said. “Spreading these days throughout the year gives anglers of all ages, abilities, and experience levels a chance to fish across the seasons and discover the abundant fishing opportunities in New York — benefiting our local economies in the process.”
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, to introduce people to a new hobby, and to encourage people to support the sport by purchasing a New York State freshwater fishing license.