NYS DEC has a great deal of information all about fishing and especially, ice fishing for this time of year. The weekend of February 15-16, 2020, is a designated free fishing weekend. The requirement for a fishing license is waived during this period, making it a great opportunity to try ice fishing for the first time or for experienced anglers to take loved ones ice fishing for the first time. New Yorkers interested in learning how to ice fish are encouraged to visit DEC’s free fishing clinics webpage. Participation in these programs do not require a fishing license and equipment is often provided for use.
In addition, they are offering Free Fishing without a license on select days throughout 2020:
February 15-16, 2020
June 27-28, 2020
September 26, 2020
November 11, 2020
Beginning ice anglers are encouraged to download the Ice Fishing Chapter (PDF) of DEC’s I FISH NY Beginners’ Guide to Freshwater Fishing for information on how to get started ice fishing. Please click on the link below: