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Fish for Free in New York State This Weekend

Traci Taylor
Traci Taylor

If you’ve never been, it can be hard to understand why people love fishing so much. But if you ask someone who lives for fishing, they’ll tell you that it’s not just about snagging a huge catch.

So what is it that lures people to the water with fishing pole in hand? I asked my brother because I’m the odd man out in my family who doesn’t fish and what he said made perfect sense. My brother explained that part of the fun is not knowing what you’ll catch or if you’ll catch anything at all. Will it be a big fish? A little one? Will you catch a fish you’ve never caught before? It the excitement of the unknown that keeps him going back to the river for more and I think it helps that he’s able to use fishing as a way to escape from the responsibilities of being an adult for a little while to relax and clear his mind.

If you’re interested in giving fishing a try, on Saturday, June 24th, and Sunday, June 25th, New York State is allowing anyone to fish in the fresh or marine waters in the state with no fishing license required. You have a huge pick of places to fish because all 7,500 lakes and 50,000 miles of rivers and streams in the state will be open for fishing.

If you’re not sure where to fish, the Department of Environmental Conservation’s fishing page has a fantastic list.

[via Department of Environmental Conservation]

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