Gov. Kathy Hochul is encouraging New Yorkers to take advantage of this year’s fifth Free Fishing Day tomorrow, when New York State waives the requirement for a freshwater fishing license.
New York’s free fishing days first began in 1991 to give those who might not fish the chance to do so at no cost and learn about a new hobby. This no-cost chance also encourages people to support the management of the State’s freshwater fisheries by purchasing a New York State fishing license. The Free Fishing Day coincides with National Hunting and Fishing Day, which was designated by Congress in 1972 to encourage people to experience traditional outdoor sports.
The final Free Fishing Day of the year will take place on Veterans Day November 11th.