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
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.