- Associated Press - Saturday, June 25, 2016

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - If you’re caught fishing in New York without a license this weekend - no problem. You don’t need one.

Saturday and Sunday are the days the state has designated this summer as Free Fishing Days. The idea is to get more people to try the sport in hopes that they’ll get hooked and buy a license.

According to the Department of Environmental Conservation, New York’s sport fishing industry generates about $1.8 billion in economic activity annually and supports nearly 17,000 jobs.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says it’s an excellent time to introduce friends and family to the fishing opportunities in the state’s 7,500 lakes and ponds or its 70,000 miles of rivers and streams.

Cuomo has also designated Nov. 11, Veterans Day, and Feb. 18-19, 2017 as free fishing days.

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