NOPL Brewerton loans out fishing rods thanks to a partnership between the library and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

The rods can be checked out for 1 week with 1 auto-renew; so it’s really for up to 2 weeks. You’ll get a rod and reel, sinker, 3 bobbers and 2 hooks. Instructions on casting a fishing rod are included…the bait isn’t though! You can find bait at local bait shops and gas stations, including:

Bartel Road Bait & Tackle
Circle K Convenience Store & Gas Station

Kids and teens under age 16 must have a parent/guardian sign a loan agreement and waiver. Everyone age 16 and older must show a valid fishing license and sign the loan agreement and waiver. You can purchase a license online or find a local licensing agent.

Free Fishing Days!

If you want to give fishing a try before committing to purchasing a license, New York State has Free Fishing Days where you can give the sport a try without a license (other regulations still apply – more information can be found here). The upcoming Free Fishing Days are as follows:

  • February 13-14, 2021
  • June 26-27, 2021
  • September 25, 2021
  • November 11, 2021