Free fishing on New York waterways this weekend

New York State will begin its second weekend of 2024 Free Fishing Days this Saturday and Sunday.

During the June 29-30 weekend, both state residents and non-residents, 16 years of age and older, can fish without a freshwater fishing license. Children under 16 are always able to fish free.

Additional observances will occur September 28 as part of National Hunting and Fishing Day, and on November 11, Veterans Day.

The State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) says “these days offer the perfect opportunity to try out fishing for the first time, to get back into the sport, or to take a friend or the whole family along to fish.”

It notes that although no license is needed, all other fishing regulations apply.

Several Allegany County libraries loan fishing poles.

Further information on these locations, along with more on fishing destinations and Free Fishing Days, is available at