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June 25, 2014

New York announces license-free fishing weekend

New York residents and visitors may fish for free without a fishing license statewide this weekend or at any of the free fishing events to be held throughout the state this summer, according to an announcement by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday.

Saltwater anglers may also fish in marine waters or for migratory marine fish species without enrolling in the Recreational Marine Fishing Registry from June 28-29.

“New York truly has some of the best fishing spots on the globe,” Cuomo said in a media release. “We want everyone to get out and experience these tremendous recreational opportunities this summer.”

Additional statewide free fishing dates will be announced this summer.

Free Fishing Days are part of Cuomo’s NY Open for Fishing and Hunting Initiative, which includes reducing license fees and improving access for fishing and hunting across the state. Cuomo also signed legislation increasing the number of authorized statewide free fishing days from two to eight.

The initiative also allotted $6 million in funding to support creating 50 new land and water access projects to for hunters, anglers, bird watchers and others. The projects include building boat launches, installing hunting blinds and building trails and parking areas.

The state’s 2014-15 budget also includes $4 million to repair the state’s fish hatcheries and renews and allows expanded use of crossbows for hunting in New York state.

A listing of all free fishing events can be found on the DEC website at For a listing of fishing programs at state parks, including instructional programs and clinics, visit 

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