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Look for Safe Ice When Ice Fishing



Free Fishing Weekend is February 19-20, 2022

Tips for staying safe when ice fishing

Anglers in New York State can stay busy all winter by targeting some of their favorite fish species through the ice.

If you've never been ice fishing before and would like to test the waters - learn how to ice fish.

Safe ice should be your number one consideration when ice fishing. Be sure ice is at least 4 inches thick. DEC's ice fishing webpage has links to our basic technique video, regulations, and places to ice fish. Don't forget to buy your annual fishing license. For more information on places to ice fish, visit DEC's website.

Watch a clip about ice fishing and check out other clips on DEC's YouTube Channel.

Don’t forget, February 19-20 is a free fishing weekend where anyone can fish in New York without a fishing license. It's the perfect opportunity to introduce fishing to a friend or family member.

During Free Fishing Days/Weekends, anyone can fish the fresh waters of New York State and no fishing license is required! All other freshwater fishing regulations still apply.

Other Free Fishing Dates for 2022
  • June 25-26, 2022
  • September 24, 2022
  • November 11, 2022
Ideas for Free Fishing Days
  • Try fishing for the first time.
  • Haven't fished in a while? Remember the joy of catching a fish again for free!
  • Become an ambassador to the sport; take a friend fishing for the first time.
  • Invite a friend to New York to fish.
  • Take a spouse or significant other fishing.
  • Take the family fishing...and don't forget the grandparents!



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