Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced the first of several free fishing events in New York State for 2017.
On Saturday, February 18 and Sunday, February 19 people living in New York and visitors may fish for free without a fishing license at any of the state’s 7,500 lakes and ponds or 70,000 miles of rivers and streams.
While a New York State fishing license is not required on these days, all other state fishing regulations remain in effect.
The program has become so popular that Governor Cuomo has also designated June 24-25, September 23 (National Hunting and Fishing Day) and November 11 (Veterans day) as free fishing days.
The State D.E.C. wants to remind everyone who will be ice fishing to check the thickness of the ice and make sure it measures at least four inches before venturing out on foot. The agency also warns that ice conditions can vary in different locations, especially near houses and boat docks where bubblers may be installed to reduce ice build up.