DEC Sponsors Free Fishing Weekend June 23 & 24 In NYS

June 22, 2012 Updated Jun 22, 2012 at 11:50 AM EDT

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DEC Sponsors Free Fishing Weekend June 23 & 24 In NYS

June 22, 2012 Updated Jun 22, 2012 at 11:50 AM EDT

DEC Urges New Yorkers to participate in upcoming statewide annual free fishing weekend June 23 & 24

This year, June 23-24 is designated as the Free Fishing Weekend in New York state, Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens announced today. DEC first held the free fishing weekend in 1991 to give everyone the opportunity to sample the incredible fishing in New York state. Residents and visitors new to the sport are encouraged to attend one of several Free Fishing Clinics to be held across the state during the weekend.

This weekend offers a perfect opportunity to introduce someone new to the great sport of fishing, or to reignite interest among those who haven't taken to the water in recent years, said Commissioner Martens. This is also an excellent time for visitors to sample all that New York has to offer a freshwater angler. Both residents and non-residents can fish for free during this two-day period.

In addition to this weekend, DEC sponsors free fishing events where participants can fish without the need of a license at other times of the year. These clinics provide basic information on how to get started in the sport of fishing and many provide loaner rods and bait for participants to use. A complete listing of 2012 Free Fishing Day Clinics can be found on DECs website at http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/27123.html.