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FREE fishing weekend June 27th-28th

Posted at 5:57 AM, Jun 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-25 05:57:55-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW)  — The fishing has been great this season, Mark McGranahan owner of Sparky's Charters says it's a great time to be out on the water.

He has been a charter captain for 18 years, teaching people how to fish around Western New York.

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced you do not need a license to fish this weekend. They have a guide for beginners walking you through what you need to know.

Captain Sparky says any beginner needs a few basics to get started.

  • A spinning or spin-casting pole
  • Some hooks
  • Worms or other bait
  • Scissors or pliers
  • A camera for when you get the “hero shot” of catching a fish. Captain Sparky says a "hero shot" is when you hold up a fish and with a big smile.

He recommends these spots to check out for fishing or here's a list from NYS.

  • Lake La Salle
  • Tifft Nature Preserve
  • Oppenheim County Park

If you feel like you can take the next step and head out on a boat, Sparky's fishing charters are open all summer.