The first set of Free Fishing Days of 2024 kicks off Presidents Weekend in New York on February 17-18. A fishing license isn’t required over the course of these two days allowing you or someone you know an opportunity to give ice fishing a try. All you really need are some warm clothes, an auger/spud (to cut through the ice), ice scoop, jigging rod and some bait. Check out the links below to get started.
With the variable temperatures much of the state has experienced this winter we strongly recommend you check the ice thickness frequently as you venture out on the ice. For ice safety tips, visit https://dec.ny.gov/things-to-do/freshwater-fishing/learn-to-fish/tips-skills/how-to-ice-fish
Even though a fishing license isn’t required during Free Fishing Days, all other fishing regulations are in effect.