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Free Fishing Days this weekend in New York

For this weekend only, no fishing permits will be required throughout New York.

Each year the last full weekend in June is designated as \Free Fishing Days in New York state. During these two days anyone can fish state waters and no fishing license is required. This event started in 1991 to allow all people the opportunity to sample the range of fishing New York has to offer.

This year, the state's Free Fishing Days are Saturday and Sunday, June 27 and 28.

In addition to the June Free Fishing Days weekend, there are a number of "Free Fishing Events" held in various locations across the state. Free Fishing Events are Department of Environmental Conservation sponsored events where participants can learn about fish identification, fishing equipment and techniques, fisheries management, angling ethics and aquatic ecology.

Each of DEC s nine regions can sponsor up to four free fishing events per year. Most free fishing events occur during the period from April through October. For a listing of currently posted events, visit the DEC Web site.

First time anglers, as well as those who may have drifted away from the sport, can take advantage of this weekend. For more information about Free Fishing Days, contact your DEC Regional Fisheries Office or visit www.dec.ny.gov.""

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