DEC Commissioner Joe Martens, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Sen. Betty Little fish on the Saranac Lake. Photo provided by Gov. Cuomo press office
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo fished the Saranac Lake with Senator Betty Little and Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joseph Martens June 29 as part New York’s statewide Free Fishing Weekend, an annual event designed to “hook” new anglers and “lure” them into becoming fishing enthusiasts.
“From scenic Saranac Lake to the great Finger Lakes to the beaches of Long Island, New York State offers the best fishing for residents, visitors and even Governors,” Cuomo said. “As part of our NY Open for Hunting and Fishing initiative, this Free Fishing Weekend highlights all of the great fishing spots that New York State has to offer for anglers. Not only is fishing a great way to enjoy the great outdoors of our state, it can also help drive tourism and generate economic activity. This summer, I encourage all New Yorkers to cast a line and see what they can reel in.”
As part of Cuomo’s NY’s Open for Hunting and Fishing initiative, New York residents and visitors could fish for free without a fishing license in any of the state’s 7,500 lakes and ponds or 50,000 miles of rivers and streams during the weekend of June 29-30.
“Getting more people involved in the sport of fishing is an important component of the Governor Cuomo’s NY’s Open for Hunting and Fishing Initiative,” Martens said. “This is the perfect time to introduce someone to the sport of fishing or invite a friend or relative from out of state to enjoy the great fishing the state has to offer.”
NY’s Open for Hunting and Fishing initiative includes the streamlining of hunting and fishing licensing and reducing license fees, improved access for fishing at various sites across the state, stocking as much as 900,000 pounds of fish raised at DEC hatcheries, and increasing hunting opportunities in various regions.
To further encourage fishing in New York State, Governor Cuomo signed legislation last year expanding the opportunity for free fishing clinics, allowing more New Yorkers to experience fishing for the first time by enabling DEC to increase the number of free clinics that can be held throughout the state. The Free Fishing Days program began in 1991 to allow all people the opportunity to sample the incredible fishing New York State has to offer. New York’s sport fishing industry generates an estimated $1.8 billion in economic activity annually, supporting nearly 32,000 jobs.