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New York Considering Expanding Number of Free Fishing Days

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The New York DEC is proposing to expand the number of days that residents can fish in the state for free.

The NYS DEC is opening a comment period for residents to expound on the possibility of bringing more free fishing days to the Empire State.

The informal comment period will be open to determine if enough support is there to warrant the state’s DEC to create more free fishing days for its residents. In addition to the last full weekend of June each year, known as ‘Free Fishing Weekend’, the DEC website lists the proposed dates as follows:

  • Presidents Day Weekend (February) – Saturday and Sunday before Presidents Day
  • 3rd weekend in May
  • National Hunting and Fishing Day (4th Saturday in September)
  • Veteran’s Day

To make an informal comment on the subject residents can e-mail the DEC with the subject line: “Possible Amendment to Free Sport Fishing Days.”

Any e-mail comments made will be reviewed through August 31, 2016. The proposed dates in question, if passed, would be added to the state’s game law books to be annual free fishing days in NY.

Residents certainly must know that any and all fishing regulations will not be affected. Resident and paying non-resident fishermen will still be held accountable for seasons, size, and bag limits on all species in NY waters.

With this great opportunity to add to the free days in the state, the DEC expects input to be high-volume. The many residents that will be heard via e-mail will determine if these new and specific license-free days will begin in 2017.



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New York Considering Expanding Number of Free Fishing Days