><"> ~ ><;> ~ ><;> February 16-17, 2019 is a Free Fishing Weekend in New York February 16-17, 2019 is a Free Fishing Weekend in New York The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation sent this bulletin on 02/13/2019 03:16 PM EST Enjoy A Weekend of Free Fishing (February 16-17) DEC reminds anglers that February 16-17, 2019 is a free fishing weekend in New York. During this period, anyone can fish without the requirement to obtain a New York State fishing license. If you have never tried ice fishing, there is no better time to give it a try. Better yet, bring family and friends and make it a fun outdoor weekend. Visit DEC's website for more information on ice fishing in New York. Download the I FISH NY Guide to Ice Fishing (PDF).