You can fish for free this weekend in New York

Published: Feb. 20, 2022 at 5:59 PM EST
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(WBNG) -- This weekend, was New York State’s first Free Fishing Weekend of 2022.

On Free Fishing Weekend’s people can fish for free without a license. The weekend provides a chance for New Yorkers to enjoy the outdoors and to have fun.

In a news release, Governor Kathy Hochul said, “Getting outside to experience New York’s natural beauty is a perfect way to have fun and recharge at one of New York’s many world-class fishing destinations. Visiting your local fisheries provides both recreational enjoyments and serves as a vital economic generator, supporting local economies statewide.”

Additional free fishing days in the future include June 25 and 26 and Sept. 24 and Nov. 11.

The first free fishing days in New York were in 1991 to give people the chance to test out the sport at no cost and to motivate people to support the management of the state’s freshwater fisheries by buying a New York State fishing license.