Event Series

Hudson River Park's

Big City Fishing

Fish For Free

In Multiple Locations




  • 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! We provide the rods, reels, bait and instruction for participants to drop in a line and relax or engage with environmental educators on such topics such as water quality, fish biology and more.

2019 program dates

Pier 25 at N. Moore St.

JULY 7 – AUG 25: SUNDAYS, 11-3PM
Pier 84 at W. 44th St.

JULY 1 – AUG 26: MONDAYS, 5-7:30PM
Pier 25 at N. Moore St.
Pier 51 at Jane St.



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.

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