New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Honoring Veteran’s Day with Free Fishing State-Wide

by Jennifer Shea

On Veterans Day, Nov. 11, people can fish in New York for free without a fishing license, thanks to a decision by the governor.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the move in a press release on Friday. The opportunity is available to residents and non-residents alike.

Governor Expanded Free Fishing Days

The governor signed a law in 2015 permitting an increase in the number of statewide free fishing days. Every year since then, he has made Veterans Day a free fishing day.

“The Veterans Day Free Fishing Day is just one way to acknowledge the contributions of our veterans while offering the opportunity to enjoy some of the best fishing spots in the nation,” Cuomo said. “I encourage everyone from expert anglers to beginners to take advantage of this Free Fishing Day.”

He added that the day is a chance to enjoy everything New York has to offer.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation runs the free fishing days program. The program started in 1991. It’s a way to boost the sales of New York State fishing licenses by getting more people involved in the sport.

A Great Escape During the Pandemic

“Free fishing on Veterans Day recognizes the service of men and women in our armed forces,” Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos said. “And [it’s] a great opportunity for experienced anglers to introduce friends and relatives to the sport.”

“As we all work to prevent the spread of Covid-19, more New Yorkers are heading outdoors,” he added. “Being near the water, enjoying some of the state’s world-class fisheries is an excellent way to unwind and learn more about the sport of fishing.”

Of course, anglers will still need to abide by state regulations that apply to the area they’re fishing. The Department of Environmental Conservation has more information on state regulations. 

The governor is reportedly an angler himself. He said in a new book that he hopes to get a boat when he retires and spend his retirement going fishing.