New York will honor veterans on the year’s sixth and final Free Fishing Day of 2023 on Saturday. On Free Fishing Days, the state waives the requirement for a freshwater fishing license, offering the perfect opportunity for beginners to try out the sport for the first time or for skilled anglers to bring along friends and family to experience New York’s waterways.
New York’s Free Fishing Days program began in 1991 to give those who might not fish the chance to try the rewarding sport at no cost and learn about a new hobby. During the Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) designated Free Fishing Days, residents and non-residents are permitted to fish in freshwater for free without a fishing license. While no license is required, all other freshwater fishing regulations remain in effect.
“Fishing is regarded as one of the most therapeutic outdoor activities, making it a perfect pastime for veterans, those currently serving in the military, and all New Yorkers looking to get outside and enjoy nature,” Governor Hochul said. “The Empire State is home to some of the best freshwater fishing opportunities in the world, and on Free Fishing Day we waive the fees for anglers of all skill levels and abilities to explore our abundant lakes, rivers, and ponds.”
To locate a spot to fish on Veterans Day, check out some popular locations statewide on DEC’s Places to Fish site or the DECinfo Locator Interactive Map. The HuntFishNY mobile app also offers the latest Tackle Box feature listing fishing spots, parking information, boat launches, and more.