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No license needed! You can fish for free this weekend across New York State

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Posted at 12:13 PM, Feb 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-11 12:13:16-05

ALBANY, N.Y. (WKBW) — You and the family will be able to fish for free in New York State this weekend.

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the first statewide free fishing weekend of 2020 will happen Saturday and Sunday, February 15 and 16.

"New York is home to hundreds of lakes, streams and rivers, allowing amateur and expert anglers alike to get outdoors and experience the world-class fishing we have to offer, as well as the communities that host them," Governor Cuomo said. "With free fishing this weekend, I encourage residents and our out-of-state neighbors to pack a tackle box and a cooler, grab a fishing pole, and head out to have some fun with a pastime that I and so many of our fellow New Yorkers enjoy."

The governor's office says anglers will be able to catch perch, sunfish, pickerel, northern pike, walleye, and more. You can find a list of free fishing days on the Department of Environmental Conservation website.