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New York State Declares Veteran’s Day an Annual Free Fishing Day


The state of New York declared that the November 11 Veteran’s Day observance will now officially be a free annual fishing day.

In honor of our veterans and all military personnel who have served the United States, New York State’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has now designated Veteran’s Day, November 11 as an annual free fishing day.

In recognition of Veteran’s Day, no fishing license will be required to fish in any NYS water which includes over 7,500 lakes and some 50,000 miles of streams and rivers.

The newly-declared free fishing day is in addition to the annual free fishing weekend allocated for each June in New York.

State DEC Acting Commissioner Basil Segos said, “Free fishing days offer a great opportunity for people to learn about this popular sport or invite a friend or relative from out of the state to enjoy the abundant fishing the state has to offer.”

On The Fly Outfitters
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Saltwater fishermen may fish any marine waters and for migratory marine species without enrolling with the Recreational Marine Fishing Registry on Veteran’s Day, as well.

The fishing public is reminded that all other regulations remain in effect.

Acting Commissioner Seggos also said, “In recognition of Veterans Day, a day intended to honor and thank all military personnel who served the United States, residents and visitors now can fish for free and without a license in New York’s waters one November 11.”

Congratulations to all New York State veterans for this free gift! To all Veterans, thank you for all you do, and have done, for our great nation.


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New York State Declares Veteran’s Day an Annual Free Fishing Day