The program kicks off next weekend with free ice fishing for resident and visitors.

Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that the first in several free fishing events in New York State will take place February 18 and 19th.

During these designated days New York residents and non-residents are permitted to fish for free without a fishing license at any of the state’s 7,500 lakes and ponds or 70,000 miles of rivers and streams.

Governor Cuomo said:

No matter the season, New York is home to some of the best fishing in the nation. These free days are a prime opportunity for anglers of all experience levels, whether they are New Yorkers or visitors, to get out and experience for themselves the great fishing on the lakes, ponds, rivers, and streams in every corner of this state.

Based on the popularity of the program, Governor Cuomo has also designated June 24-25, September 23, and Nevember 11 as free fishing days. While a New York State fishing license is not required to participate, all other statewide fishing regulations remain in effect.

More information can be found the Governor's website.