Hudson River Park's
Big City Fishing
Fish For FreeIn Multiple Locations
Sundays, 11-3pm on 6.4 – 10.15 on Pier 25 at N. Moore St.
Sundays, 11-3pm on 7.2 – 8.27 on Pier 84 at W44th St.
Mondays, 5-7:30pm on 7.3 – 8.21 on Pier 25 at N. Moore St. & Pier 63 at W23rd St.
- Catch & release
- Anglers 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times
- Organized groups are not permitted to participate, see below for details
- All anglers have a 30 minute time limit while fishing
All of the necessary supplies including rods, reels and bait, as well as formal instruction
Fishing in New York City? You bet! Each summer, Hudson River Park offers Big City Fishing, a free program, to those as young as five who are eager to learn both how to fish and about the Hudson River environment.
We provide the rods, reels, bait and instruction. Beyond teaching fishing, the program also provides participants with a first-hand opportunity to learn about river ecology and the many fish species that can be found in the river.
Participants can drop in a line and relax, or engage with environmental educators on such topics such as water quality, fish biology and more. A fun and educational experience, Big City Fishing offers city-dwellers a unique option for outdoor family recreation.
IMPORTANT RULES AND INFORMATION
1. Anglers 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
2. Maximum group size is 8 participants; organized or camp groups are not permitted to attend Big City Fishing under any circumstances. Camp and organized summer groups are invited to participate in our scheduled daily educational programming. For more information visit.
3. All anglers have a 30 minute fishing time limit; sign ups begin at the start of the program and cannot be scheduled in advance.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Can I fish for more than 30 minutes?
- In order to accommodate the growing demand for this program, we have limited each participant to a 30 minute session. We believe that this is a meaningful and productive time allowance to fish that will enable even more New Yorkers to connect with the Hudson River!
Why can’t my organized group come to Big City Fishing?
- Big City Fishing is open to the public and therefore we cannot accommodate large groups fishing. If you are a leader of an organized group, we invite you to participate in one of the many scheduled educational programs throughout the park. Learn more about our summer camp programs here.
Can I sign up in advance for a 30 time slot?
- Sign-ups cannot be made in advance for Big City Fishing. After the program begins, you can speak to one of our Park Educators to sign up for a fishing pole.
Will I catch a fish?
- We hope so! Fishing is a sport that takes a lot of patience and sometimes luck. If you don’t catch a fish we encourage you to come back and try again at another program!
I’m on the Pier but can’t find Big City Fishing, where is it?
- Look for our large blue tent. Park Educators will be set up along the railing with a large “Big City Fishing” sign on the tent and a row of fishing poles.
What happens if it rains?
- We want your Big City Fishing experience to be enjoyable and safe therefore inclement weather can sometimes create the need to cancel Big City Fishing. If we do cancel Big City Fishing, we will post it both on our Facebook and Twitter pages.
What lives in the Hudson River?
- Hudson River Park includes 400 acres of an estuarine sanctuary, protected waters in our Park! There are over 70 species of fish that call the Hudson River home, including striped bass, American eels, and lined seahorses! You can learn more about our ecosystem here.
What time should I arrive to sign up for a fishing pole?
- Due to high demand, we cannot guarantee a time slot for Big City Fishing. It is difficult to tell exactly how busy each program will be, but we recommend signing up for a fishing pole during the first half of the program to increase your chances of participation.
Fishing in Hudson River Park
- Anglers age 16 and older need to register with the NYSDEC in order to fish in Hudson River Park. Please visit NYSDEC’s Recreational Marine Fishing Registry for more information.
- Anglers are welcome to fish on their own throughout Hudson River Park except in areas where such activity is specifically prohibited, provided they obey all posted guidelines, and adhere to all applicable regulations. See the New York State Hudson River Fishing Regulations.
- Eating fish and crabs from the Hudson River can be harmful to your health. It is very important that people educate themselves about the health advisories concerning the consumption of Hudson River fish.
- I FISH NY Saltwater Fishing Guide for New York City Area I Fish NY brochure for general information on how to fish in the Lower Hudson River and surrounding area.
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