Free Fishing Days
There are normally three days per year when fishing can be done on Fort Drum without a New York State fishing license. Although no New York State fishing license is required during these days, a Fort Drum Recreational Permit and Access Pass must still be obtained for fishing in the Training Area.
For 2016, free fishing days are Saturday, May 21 for Fort Drum only and the weekend of June 27-28 for all waters of New York State; in 2017, free fishing day for Fort Drum will tentatively be May 20 and free fishing weekend throughout New York State will be June 25-26. The Fort Drum Free Fishing Day also corresponds with an annual youth Fishing Derby at Remington Park.
Disabled Access Fishing Opportunities
At this time there are no designated disabled access fishing opportunities on Fort Drum.
See the NYSDEC web site for a list of fishing access sites listed by county for anglers with disabilities. The NYSDEC web site also has information about other accessible recreation opportunities in New York State.
- Fishing and canoeing on the Indian River in Lewis and Jefferson counties (including Fort Drum) and St. Lawrence County.
- Fishing in the Indian River Lakes, 18 natural lakes in Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties, approximately 17-30 miles north of Fort Drum.
- Fishing in Black Lake in St. Lawrence Co. approximately 26 miles north of Fort Drum.
- Fishing and canoeing on the Black River from Herkimer County to Lake Ontario (including Fort Drum).
- Fishing in Lake Bonaparte in Lewis County (including Fort Drum). A contour map and fish location map of Lake Bonaparte is also available.
- Fishing and canoeing on the Grass River in St. Lawrence Co. approximately 43 miles northeast of Fort Drum.
- Fishing in Oneida Lake in Oneida and Oswego counties approximately 60 miles south of Fort Drum.
- Fishing in the Salmon River in Oswego Co. approximately 37 miles south of Fort Drum.
- Fishing in the Salmon River Reservoir in Oswego Co. approximately 50 miles south of Fort Drum.
- Fishing in the St. Lawrence River in Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties approximately 25 miles northeast of Fort Drum.
- Fishing in the St. Lawrence River from Clayton, NY approximately 30 miles northwest of Fort Drum.
- Fishing in Lake Ontario and its tributaries in Jefferson Co. approximately 20 miles west of Fort Drum.
- Trout fishing in Region 6 including Fort Drum.
- Ice fishing in Region 6 including Fort Drum.
Top fishing waters and other places to fish in New York State can be found on the NYSDEC web site.