This weekend marks National Hunting and Fishing Day and will also allow New Yorkers to have a full day of free fishing. There are several free fishing days throughout the year and this one will be held Saturday, September 25th in all New York waterways. This free fishing day will be the fifth out of the sixth of the year.

The announcement came from Governor Kathy Hochul that the Free Fishing Day will coincide with National Hunting and Fishing Day. This National Day promotes outdoor activities like hunting, fishing, and target shooting. Every other day of the year, those sixteen and older are required to have a current fishing license to legally drop their bobbers in New York waterways according to News 10 ABC.

My son, Ryan loves to go fishing. He has fished in the waters of the Niagara River in Buffalo, the Mohawk River in Cohoes, Lake George, near Lake Placid, and other amazing bodies of water in New York state. Fishing with Ryan is fun and he learns how to catch and release. He also understands how to preserve the waterways and keep them clean.

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Governor Kathy Hochul talked about how important this Saturday is:

I encourage new and experienced anglers alike to take advantage of the upcoming Free Fishing Day, which gives everyone the chance to try the sport at no cost and introduce family and friends to a new hobby. Getting outside to cast a line is a perfect way to experience the outdoors and recharge at one of New York’s many world-class fishing destinations. Fishing in New York State provides both recreational enjoyments and serves as a vital economic generator, supporting local economies statewide.

If you want to find a list of places to fish in New York state, click here or you can go to the Department of Environmental Conservation's website.

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