What to give fishing a try in New York State?
The state Department of Environmental Conservation has scheduled a free fishing weekend for later this month, and another free fishing day in November.
In addition, the DEC is offering a series of family fishing clinics across the state through the remainder of this year.
A free fishing weekend was offered earlier this year (Feb. 18-19) and others are scheduled for June 24-25 and Nov. 11.
During a free fishing weekend or day, anyone can fish the fresh or marine waters of the state without a fishing license or recreational marine fishing registry. All other freshwater and saltwater fishing regulations still apply.
In addition, the DEC is offering free family-oriented fishing clinics at various locations across the state during which participants can fish for free without a license.
In addition to fishing, participants at these clinics can learn about fish identification, fishing equipment and techniques, fisheries management, angling ethics and aquatic ecology.
To find a free fishing clinic near you, see the schedule for the clinics on the DEC website.