The Belt Parkway Promenade, Canarsie Pier, Marine Park or Prospect Park Lake… Brooklyn is full of promising fishing spots. And, this Friday, Nov. 11, the state is encouraging residents — especially veterans — to try the sport by waiving license fees.

“We are casting out a line for all of New York’s veterans with this free fishing day as a way to honor those who served,” said Governor Kathy Hochul.

On Nov. 11, the requirement for fishing licenses will be waived statewide for residents and non-residents.

“This free fishing day will provide a great opportunity for our brave individuals who have served to protect our democracy and our freedoms to enjoy one of New York State’s many world-class fishing locations,” Hochul said.

The free fishing day is part of a larger state program that launched in 1991. The program offers free access days throughout the year to allow residents to try the sport and encourage the purchase of licenses.

“The Department of Environmental Conservation is proud to help honor New York veterans. With more than 7,500 lakes and ponds and 70,000 miles of rivers and streams, New York offers countless freshwater fishing opportunities across the state for anglers to enjoy year-round,” DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said.

The DEC will also be hosting its annual Veteran Fly Fishing event over the weekend. For the past 15 years, the event has invited veterans to catch and release steelhead fish on a private portion of the Salmon River.

Finding your Spot

Earlier this year the DEC launched a smartphone application to assist residents in finding the perfect fishing hole. The Tackle Box app provides information on all state regulations, water bodies, access sites, stocking information, and fish identification.

Additionally, active duty military members can receive a free outdoor sport license with appropriate education. Veterans can receive licenses at a reduced fee. For more information, click here.

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