2017-02-15 / Outdoor Life

DEC Plans Free Ice Fishing This Weekend

The first of several free fishing weekends, coordinated by the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), will be held this Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 18 and 19. This event is designated for ice fishing. New York residents and visitors age 16 and older will be able to fish without displaying a license.

Anglers need to take precautions and make sure the ice is safe. A minimum depth of four inches of clear, solid ice is recommended. There are also regulations by county, which may be found in the “Special Regulations by County” sections of DEC’s Fishing Regulations Guide.

On Wednesday, Feb. 22, DEC is involved with the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation for an ice fishing clinic from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the public boat launch at Canadarago Lake, just south of Richfield Springs.

DEC will supply most of the bait and tackle, but experienced anglers are encouraged to bring their own fishing gear. There also will be a short lesson on the basics of ice fishing and filleting of the fish.

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