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Free Fishing On St. Lawrence, Lake Ontario Until Sept. 2

ALBANY - To encourage anglers to get outside and enjoy fishing and help local economies affected by this year’s high water levels on Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River, Governor Cuomo is giving New York residents and visitors the opportunity to fish these waters without a fishing license for a limited time.   

This free fishing opportunity starts Friday, August 2, 2019, and continues through Labor Day, September 2, 2019, at 5 p.m. EST. During this time, new and experienced anglers will be able to fish the New York waters of Lake Ontario (including the Lower Niagara River) and the St. Lawrence River without needing to purchase or possess a state fishing license.  A fishing license is still required to fish all other waters in New York State, and all relevant state and federal rules and regulations apply.   


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