ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Free fishing days return again in New York state starting next weekend.

Both New York residents and non-residents won't need a license to fish next Saturday and Sunday at any of the state's 7,500 lakes and ponds or 70,000 miles of rivers and streams.

Because of the popularity of the program, which began in 1991, the state also has designated June 24-25, Sept. 23, and Veterans Day as free fishing days.

All other statewide fishing regulations remain in effect.

Individuals who venture out next weekend are urged to check ice conditions and avoid situations that appear to present even a remote risk. Testing the thickness of ice can be done easily with an auger or ice spud.

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