Governor Cuomo has announced New York's Free Fishing Days for 2017, and they will kick-off next weekend.

If you are a casual angler, or more seasoned and just don't have the time to fully put a fishing license to use, New York's Free Fishing Days are just what the doctor ordered!

Governor Cuomo announced New York's Free Fishing Days yesterday, and they will kick off next Saturday and Sunday February 18 and 19! So if ice fishing is your thing, next weekend is the time to do it. New York's other free fishing days will take place  June 24 and 25, September 23 (National Hunting and Fishing Day) and November 11 (Veteran's Day.

On these free fishing days, the Governor's office says '...New York residents and non-residents are permitted to fish for free without a fishing license at any of the state’s 7,500 lakes and ponds or 70,000 miles of rivers and streams.'

If you are planning on doing some ice fishing, make sure you brush up on some safety tips from the State Department of Environmental Conservation. You can find them in the Governor's announcement.

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