Each year, the last full weekend in June is designated as Free Fishing Days in New York State. During those two days, anyone can fish New York State waters and no fishing license is required.

This event started in 1991 to allow all people the opportunity to sample the incredible fishing New York State has to offer. Since no license is required, it is the perfect time to take a friend or relative fishing. In 2013, New York State’s Free Fishing Days are Saturday and Sunday, June 29  and 30.

This is the perfect opportunity to try fishing for the first time or take a friend or relative fishing. With more than 7,500 lakes and ponds and 50,000 miles of rivers and streams, there are plenty of places to try fresh water fishing in New York.

Saltwater anglers may also fish in marine waters or for migratory marine fish species without enrolling in the Recreational Marine Fishing Registry.

In addition to the June Free Fishing Days weekend, there are a number of “Free Fishing Events” held in various locations across the state. Free Fishing Events are DEC sponsored events (such as family fishing clinics) where participants can learn about fish identification, fishing equipment and techniques, fisheries management, angling ethics and aquatic ecology. Each of DEC’s nine regions can sponsor up to four free fishing events per year. Most free fishing events occur during the period from April through October.

For a listing of currently posted events, please go to http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/27123.html, but be sure to check back periodically to see if additional events have been added.

So, first time anglers, as well as those who have drifted away from the sport, should take advantage of this opportunity to see how much fun fishing can be. For more information about Free Fishing Days, call the Buffalo fisheries office at (716) 851-7010 of the Allegany fisheries office at (716) 372-0645.