State to offer free fishing day Saturday


ALBANY — Gov. Kathy Hochul has announced the state’s fifth Free Fishing Day of the year will be held on Saturday, Sept. 25, coinciding with National Hunting and Fishing Day. The event is celebrated annually to promote outdoor activities like hunting, fishing, and target shooting. New York provides anglers with six Free Fishing Days each year.

“I encourage new and experienced anglers alike to take advantage of the upcoming Free Fishing Day, which gives everyone the chance to try the sport at no cost and to introduce family and friends to a new hobby,” Hochul said. “Getting outside to cast a line is a perfect way to experience the outdoors and recharge at one of New York’s many world-class fishing destinations. Fishing in New York State provides recreational enjoyment and serves as a vital economic generator, supporting local economies statewide.”

The sixth, and final, Free Fishing Day in 2021 is on Veterans Day, Nov 11.

When not participating in Free Fishing Days, anglers 16 years of age and older must have a current New York State fishing license to fish.

Fishing licenses are valid for 365 days from the date of purchase. More information on purchasing a fishing license can be found on DEC’s website,


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