Fishing in New York is free this weekend

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has announcement that on Saturday and Sunday, New Yorkers will not need permits to fish in the state’s freshwater lakes, rivers and ponds.

Typically, New Yorkers are required to obtain a fishing license to legally fish in the state, which costs residents $25 for an annual license. New Yorkers can also get one-day and seven-day licenses for less if they are not regular anglers.

According to the Department of Environmental Protection websitelicense is required for residents 16 years and older who fish for freshwater fish species with line, spear, hook, longbow and point, frog species with spear , by catching with the hands or using a club or hook, and freshwater baitfish for personal use.

But this weekend, the licensing requirement is suspended and New Yorkers can fish for free. The Department of Environmental Protection also encourages New Yorkers to try fishing for the first time, get back into the sport, or invite someone new to try.

The announcement also includes information on free fishing clinics, places to fish in New York and the Freshwater fishing regulations 2022.

In addition to this weekend’s free fishing announcement, the Department of Environmental Conservation has two other days that New Yorkers can fish without a license. On September 24 and November 11, residents will not need a permit to fish in freshwater springs.

This weekend it will be warm and sunny in the southern part, so heading to a lake, river or pond to fish might be just what you need to stay cool and enjoy the summer weather.

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