By RYAN WICKER
A series of free ice fishing clinics are scheduled across New York State to educate people about the unique sport and how to safely enjoy time on the ice, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Acting Commissioner Basil Seggos announced today. The clinics, conducted by DEC, are part of Governor Cuomo’s I FISH NY program, which aims to increase participation and awareness of the outstanding fishing opportunities in New York.
“Interest in this wintertime sport is increasing every year, and we are thrilled to provide these free clinics to introduce residents and visitors to the sport and provide them with tips on how to safely enjoy this winter tradition,” Acting Commissioner Seggos said. “Anglers do need to allow solid ice to set up before venturing out for their fishing trip, and our clinics will provide information on how to check for appropriate conditions.”
In addition to these free fishing clinics, Governor Cuomo has designated February 13-14, 2016 as the state’s first free fishing weekend where the requirements for a fishing license has been suspended. Residents and visitors age 16 and older will be able to fish the fresh or marine waters of New York State without a license, providing a great opportunity for people to learn about this popular sport.
While a DEC fishing license is not required to participate in these clinics, all other statewide regulations remain in effect. Children under age 16 must be supervised. Free fishing clinics scheduled in New York State include:
Canadarago Lake – Otsego County – January 30
Cazenovia Lake – Madison County – February 6
Otsego Lake – Otsego County – February 17
Casterline Pond – Cortland County – February 18
Carter’s Pond – Washington County – March 5
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